Although most people reading this post are already well aware of what MS is all about, it never hurts to get a little reminder of how this disease can ravage the body. Knowledge is power so the more awareness we can create the more chance we have of finding a CURE in our lifetime. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is the single largest organization out there providing both resources and research into ending this disease so that no one else has to ever hear those devastating words "You have MS. "
As I get older and slower, I am becoming less stubborn about getting help when and where I can. I was just speaking to a fellow MSer last night touting the importance of using my scooter and other assistive devices to conserve my energy so I'm not spent after a simple trip to the grocery store. I went almost 20 years of my diagnosis denying that I needed any mobility aids at all consequently falling and tripping constantly. Once I wrapped my brain around the fact that requiring assistance to get around does make me less than, I find myself much more willing to engage in life. The irony of this acceptance is not lost on me. I am less hesitant to travel, shop or say yes to any invitation, choosing instead to go out and enjoy all the activities able bodied people might take for granted. You could say that my disability has given me an appreciation of the simple pleasures that really make life worth living. This is a lesson I may not have learned without the daily mobility challenges I now face. My challenge to others with any disability or health concern is to avoid putting more limits on yourself than you already have because you might miss out on living your best life.
Two of my very best girlfriends and I escaped our busy schedules for a much deserved girls getaway this past weekend. We purposely avoided planning activities, opting instead to do whatever we felt like with no pre-set agenda. The impromptu weekend could not have turned out any better in my opinion because there were no expectations to do anything but relax which is exactly what we did. We stayed at a great little resort less than a 2 hour drive from home with all the amenities including a room with a kitchenette which was an added bonus. I caught up on sleep, relaxed by the pool and recharged my batteries for the final weeks before our daughter's big wedding day. I am so beyond grateful for this mini vacation and for great friends who are so easy to be myself with.
After taking the summer off, I am returning to horseback riding(hippo therapy) today and I have to admit that there are some nerves. Horses are very sensitive to their riders so I've spent this morning meditating so that my horse doesn't feel my anxiousness. There is something so empowering about controlling a 2000 pound animal in addition to all the other benefits of riding for people with MS. Hippo therapy improves gait and balance, cognition and confidence besides being just a fun activity that I can still do regardless of my disability. If we don't challenge ourselves with something outside our comfort zone, then we'll never know what we're capable of so I'm getting out of my head and out of my own way to resume an activity that will only help in the long run. I'm going to get right back on the horse and ride into a healthier future.
so sorry that I’ve been MIA for a bit but with yet another busy weekend ahead ,staying unplugged from everything is the only way for me to cope with the stress.. I used to think that stress was only causeed when we’re going through difficult times but even the most joyful occasions can be anxiety ridden.. I know it will be quiet around here once our daughter gets married in a month but by then, I’ll be more than ready to have my time to myself again..
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