Push through! Push through! You can do it.

Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude. ~ Thomas Jefferson As many of you know, I manage my MS by maintaining a strong exercise program – which includes swimming, walking, and yoga. This daily exercise routine…

Try, Try, Try. Period.

“If you can’t fly, run. If you can’t run, walk. If you can’t walk, crawl. But, by all means keep moving.” ~Martin Luther King Jr Sometimes it takes digging deep – really deep – to keep getting back up and trying. Has anyone else noticed that? I have been going through an exacerbation of my MS…

When Ego interferes with Maintaining Balance in Chronic Health Management

“The value of identity of course is that so often with it comes purpose.”  ~Richard Grant Sometimes, I have an ego problem. My ego sometimes fools me into thinking I “am” my job. It fools me into thinking that all the responsibility rests on my shoulders and that it would be selfish or irresponsible of…

Lifestyle Changes due to Chronic Illness and How to Deal with it

“We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.” ~Kenji Miyazawa A chronic disease like Multiple Sclerosis (and many others) comes with a lifestyle change. It may be a noticeable lifestyle change – like going from walking to rolling; or from seeing to not seeing. But, it may not be immediately noticeable,…

What do Sidney Crosby and I have in Common?

“For fast-acting relief, try slowing down”  – Lily Tomlin Quite the title, eh? Sounds like I have delusions of grandeur! Just call me Sid! (That came about because a colleague teased me about being on a project team with me and having to deal with my days “out of the game”! ) So, what do…

When the Best-Laid Plans Fall…

“Don’t count every hour in the day, make every hour in the day count.” -Unknown Isn’t it just the way that when you think you have planned for everything, accommodated your health in all forseeable ways, something changes your best-laid plans? This December, I did my best to make sure my life was as balanced…

To Sleep or Not to Sleep – that is the Question!

“A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle.” -Kahlil Gibran Sleep. Such a simple thing. Or so one would think, eh? I recently did a sleep study, and my results proved to be somewhat of a surprise. Apparently, I don’t sleep well at all. I move an average…

Balance in all Things – even your Passions!

“To think in terms of either pessimism or optimism oversimplifies the truth. The problem is to see reality as it is.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh Balance. It’s all about finding the right balance even in the weirdest circumstances. I have recently been giving a lot of thought to what exactly defines my personal balance, especially…