Archive for February, 2014

These days, I have so many rituals that I tend to, primarily for health maintenance, that it’s a wonder that I have any day left at the end of my day. Let’s see, here’s what I actually do accomplish… Daily exercise, natch. I’d been focusing more on strength training to counteract the effects of MS, […]


we are lucky…

25Feb14

Here in the Pacific Northwest, we’re always complaining about our chronic, constant rain. (But we never carry umbrellas. How silly is that? It’s a Seattle thing…) But reading the news this entire winter season–how so much of the rest of the country has been pummeled over and over and over by snow and ice and […]


Some days, those of us with a chronic disease (or, with any other chronic issue) feel ready to give up on life. Take the easy route… whatever that means to you. However, there’s always reason to keep pushing through… Someone else cares about you. Significant other(s), friends, family. They all want us to improve as […]


So, I’ve mentioned before that I don’t talk about my MS at work. But I teach health, nutrition, and anatomy/physiology at a college. This quarter, I’ve been teaching a lot about the nervous system, and I have an inquisitive group. How much I’ve wanted to “come out” and be more forthright with my examples, and […]


Why?? you ask. Last I saw my MS specialist, as well as my regular primary care, for my headaches (which were pretty darn out of control), they both suggested I see a locally-renowned headache specialist at University of Washington. She’s supposedly hard to get into, but has insight like no other, I’m told. (Wonder if […]


A few days ago, I had a one-month follow-up with my naturopathic team. They were very pleased with my decrease in symptoms, but I attributed that to my staying the course. They seemed amazed at my dedication to the exercise, my (meager) dietary changes, etc–but as I told them, if I find minor tweaks that […]


balance

10Feb14

The ever-elusive balance… in life, activities, work… etc. But I’m talking about literal balance. That thing that those of us with MS tend to lose, as our muscles get weaker and our nerves don’t fire so well. And… when our balance starts to go, we walk around on a snowy or icy day, and… BAM, […]