WHAT MS HAS TAUGHT ME
6/20/2016 | Posted by Jack
MS affects everyone differently, and we all learn new things about ourselves and the disease once we’re diagnosed – I know I did! For those of you who have been recently diagnosed or know someone with the disease, I’d like to share with you five things I’ve learned since my diagnosis in hopes that it will help you on your journey.
- It’s important to take care of yourself when living with MS. Lots of times, people are initially confused about MS. They think they will be confined to a wheelchair within no time or are sentenced to die miserably. I am a walking, talking example of how you can live with MS. I am a big advocate of eating organic foods, unprocessed foods, working out and meditating. All of these things combined with working with your doctor on a treatment regimen that works best for you can help you manage your disease.
- There’s more than one way to skin a cat. Pardon the gory reference, but what I mean is, there is no ONE treatment or regimen that works for everyone, since MS affects everyone differently. Explore your options with your healthcare provider and do your research. You never know what will work for you until you try it! Also, don’t rely on someone else’s method of management to work for you. What works for someone else may not work for you.
- Live in the moment. When I first was diagnosed I would lay in bed at night worrying that I may wake up and not be able to walk or something. You can live in this kind of worrisome, negative thinking, but, it won’t serve you. All this thinking does is create anxiety. You can’t control what course your disease may take, so your best bet is to take good care of yourself today and live each moment fully.
- Listen to your body. If we quietly meditate and listen to our bodies, we can sometimes know what our bodies need. If you are feeling stressed, sit for a minute quietly, and do some breathing exercises. See what comes up. Are you holding on to some negative patterns? Are you still doing something unhealthy that you are worried is going to affect your MS? Whatever it is, have the courage to address it and change it head on.
- Life is AMAZING! Receiving my MS diagnosis lit a fire under me that has stayed with me for the last few years. I went through a period of sedentary living before my diagnosis. I had been very active for a time, then I fell off the wagon and got lazy. This diagnosis made me realize that we only get one life to live, and if you’re not embracing life and taking all life has to offer, then you’re wasting it. Life is amazing, and it’s a gift. Just because you have MS, doesn’t mean you can’t get the most out of it.