I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis during my freshman year of college --actually the morning of my biology final. I woke up unable to see the sun peering through my blinds, the white, "popcorn" ceiling, my own hand in front of my face. After countless doctor visits, a 2-week hospital stay, a series of tests, & a spinal tap, I was finally diagnosed with MS & was prescribed several medications. I became medically overweight & developed depression, blackouts, & insomnia... After several DAYS w/o sleep (literally), I curled up in the fetal position on the bean bag at my dad's house, tears streaming down my face, telling him, "Dad, I think I'm dying..." 😢💔 Needless-to-say, it was a dark, difficult time... I struggled through the next year: constantly switching meds, always feeling fatigued/lethargic, all while trying to be "normal" (make up my missed exams, take new classes, switch majors (doc thought the chemicals from my chem lab final, among other external triggers, may have elicited the M.S. onset), & work as a server to afford rent/bills)... One day, my friend introduced me to yoga; the studio offered a promotion: 30 days= $30. So, naturally, as a broke, working college student, I was going to get my money's worth! 🤣😇 I practiced yoga everyday... It wasn't a smooth transition, but that month was the turning point in my life. 💗 I am happy to report that the doctors are now considering rescinding my diagnosis. I don't have any lesions & haven't required medication in years. Granted, I have my "off days" and am sensitive to extreme changes in temperature, but I've reclaimed my life! And I attribute that to my yoga practice [& of course, change in my dietary habits/water intake]. I no longer know that girl lying on that pink bean bag --all those years ago.
I felt inspired to share my story for 2 reasons. First, I hope my story provides hope to others. We all have our struggles. Please know you aren't alone! There is hope.💗 Second, it serves as an apology for my endless posts/convos about yoga. 😇 I promise, it comes from a place of love. The research is there. My experience is real. It will/can help you --but only if you are willing to try! 💗✌🏼🧘
Don’t limit your challenges. Challenge your limits.
The brain often develops physical and mental barriers to tell us that we can’t or won’t be able to do something.
Remind yourself, that you can do it and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Challenge yourself, take the risk and try. You never know what you will be able to achieve until you try. @dasa_functional_fitness #adaptiveathlete#adaptivefitness#fitness#ms#multiplesclerosis#mondaymotivation
Today is MRI day! That means a trip to the @javajuicebox before I spend 3 hours in a tube and all afternoon at the doctor’s office. I have been having more symptoms recently that we’re hoping isn’t MS (and more so stress) because that would mean Ocrevus isn’t working for me. Having a chronic illness is a full time job and can be exhausting, but I’m trying to stay positive and am hoping for the best 🤞🏼💪🏼🧡
This weekend I was talking with a friend about negativity. You know, that little voice that pops in your head that says you aren't good enough, that you aren't working hard enough, that you aren't a good enough wife/mom/friend/sister/daughter/etc. We all have it and it can consume us if we aren't careful. I did an exercise about a year and a half ago where for 2 days I wrote down every thought I had about myself, good or bad. Yep, you guessed it - 8 straight, single lined pages of negative thoughts and just a mere 3/4 of a page of good thoughts. Since then, I've done SO much better getting these thoughts under control. What am I doing? BEING GRATEFUL. If at any moment during my day I think, 'life is hard, why is this happening to me?', I immediately turn my thoughts to my patients and their families. Most times I think of one patient in particular - she actually created this beautiful piece you see here. She's in her 40's, diagnosed with MS, wheelchair bound with no use of her legs and limited use of her arms. She has taken up poetry and drawing as hobbies since she is limited on activities. This picture came from a 2"x2" drawing because she's unable to move her arm in order to make a bigger picture. Despite her hardships and the hell she goes through every day, she is still joyful. She cracks sex jokes, has the biggest smile and is one of the most resilient people I've ever met. I think of her and I'm grateful for the opportunity to know her and to witness her strength firsthand, because through her I have learned to live with more joy and less negativity. Moral of the story, be kind to yourself today. Life is too short to not bask in the joy that is YOU! There is no one in the world exactly like you - and for that I am grateful.
Check out my stories today for a look at one of my favorite poems of hers. .
Quand j’ai fait ma vidéo de « coming-out » de sclérose en plaques, j’ai reçu énormément de courriels : des témoignages, des mots d’encouragement, de détresse parfois et surtout, des questions. De gens qui sont dans la même situation que moi, qui ont le même âge que moi, qui ont eu leur diagnostic en même temps que moi... J’ai donc décidé de faire une vidéo où je parle de mes symptômes de A à Z. Pour répondre aux nombreuses questions et pour, espérons, en aider d’autres :)
Le lien est dans ma bio. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I will be moving to Barcelona next month 😊
I have been travelling a lot this year but I never stayed abroad for a longer time.
I'll live in Barcelona for a couple of months I guess, probably until Christmas.
The pics I posted have been taken there by me last year. I fell in love with the city and always wanted to go back and now I'm finally doing it :)
I'm going with one of my best friends, we're searching for jobs and I'm really looking forward to take language lessons to improve my Spanish.
I'm glad to take one more step towards living the life I always wanted.
Which dreams did you fulfill after you got diagnosed?
Have a great start in this week!
Monday morning muscle check ☑️
I had a pretty “light weight” week last week. I did work out every day, but my side is still in recovery so I had to take it pretty easy. I have this fear of set back with a slower week, like my arms will turn to jello or something 😂
Also, it’s been 20 days since I started counting my macros, and although I am still getting the hang of it, I am definitely seeing some of the stubborn weight that was hanging on starting to melt away, and more definition in my muscles. Learning about eating the right kinds of fats and carbs has made a huge difference!
Also, that fake tan I got yesterday makes a difference too 🤣🤣🤣
Mother. Stubborn old bugger that she is (don’t you dare tell her I said that, or that I’ve shared this photo!) has finally decided to get some help after all these years. Look at that face. New found freedom instead of sitting and waiting while everyone else goes for a walk. Only wish she’d done it sooner. #multiplesclerosis
Sodele, Kind 1 @maschinenbauerin ist wiederabgereist😔, dafür ist Kind 2 @lauras_pusteblume im Anmarsch für ein paar Tage, freu freu. Vor ein paar Tagen gab's Pfirsich/Lavendel Plunderstückchen, heute gibt's den leckeren Käsekuchen von @food_live_love, danke liebe Miriam für das geniale Rezept.
Mehr geht heute vermutlich nicht mehr bei mir, bin Fatigue geplagt 😶
Achso ja hab mal wieder glaub ich Werbung für die Seite von @food_live_love
kostenlos gemacht und meine Kinder markiert😂
Served up my DElicious red sauce (I like to call gravy) & meatballs🍝 over @eatbanza chickpea pasta.
Even though I’m Italian, I’ve never been a huge pasta person so when I changed my food it was no big loss🤷🏻♀️to give it up.
HOWEVER, I must say I quite enjoyed consuming this big bowl of comfort food with zero regret🤗
I need to write up this new gravy I’ve been making that included olives and capers!! I think leftovers are coming in hard today...... Happy Monday!!
Monday Motivation || We believe in women supporting women. Big time. When the world is mad, the best thing to do is support each other! This woman blew us away, she couldn’t better exemplify energy in adversity. It’s hard to take a story like this and and sum it up into a few words to fit Instagram, but we’ll try! @smilewithsusie shares her story. .
“ 5 years ago I had one major wake up call. One that was so extreme my body wouldn’t let me ignore it! I had been slurring my words for days like I was drunk and when my face dropped I knew it was serious. It was the start of my journey with Multiple Sclerosis.
With a limp and extreme fatigue, I felt like life was over. But in my gut, I was determined to try! In my mind I could clearly see what I wanted.. fit, able, not just feeling MS free, but anxiety free! So I started, first with nutrition, then meditation. Every small bit of progress made it worthwhile and encouraged me. I’m now fitter than I ever was ‘before’ MS. I’m strong, limp free, can talk with ease and happy! I'm medication free too. Today I’m a life coach because of MS. I’m breaking the mould, and no matter the challenge, I believe every one of us can too!” .
We can all get dealt a tough hand, whether that’s something small in your day to day, or something life changing like Susie. But it’s how we show up for ourselves and overcome it that is the measure of you as a woman. Now, no matter where you’re at, what you’re experiencing, go grab this week and give it all you’ve got - what have you got to lose? #mondaymotivation
Well, I made it through the week (barely 😂)! I couldn't have done it without you guys. Thanks for all the love, messages, and positive vibes. You all are the BEST and I know this week will be much better!
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This morning I feel equally emotional and inspired!! I’m not sure what’s causing the emotion specifically today, I’m happy, but my gut is telling me that after an emotionally charged 7 months of huge life changes, it’s time to clear some of that energy out. Let it go and move through it into the next stage. ☀️
When I feel like this I normally run, box, train but today I think that while I get on with Monday’s work... I kinda need to sit in it and actually meet it head on. The good, bad, joy and anything else! ☀️
How often do you allow yourself to clear your energy without suppressing it? Without creating emotional and physical fatigue but just by feeling?! ☀️
Slow down a little with me today and allow yourself that time. ❤️ #edinburgh#Scotland#lifecoach#truth