Everyday now I continue my search for answers in learning how to take control of the ms. I began my search almost two years a go and thankfully began to find some answers, which I believe have pretty much saved me from a life of severe disability. I live with ms every day, but I am learning more and more how to manage the condition and control the relapses. THERE REALLY IS SO MUCH YOU CAN DO! I have learned that every case of ms is different and that what works for one may not work for another. I BELIEVE, however, that there are ANSWERS out there for everyone so long as you are prepared to search and search, DO WHATEVER IT TAKES AND NEVER GIVE UP!
I LIKE MANY OTHERS AM DOING THE IMPOSSIBLE AND IT FEELS GOOD! I am beginning to RECLAIM MY LIFE back from ms. I am gaining in confidence and beginning to LIVE MY LIFE AGAIN! I'll not pretend it's easy. At times it is REALLY TOUGH AND I GO TO HELL AND BACK ON A REGULAR BASIS BUT IF I CAN DO IT SO CAN YOU!!!
HOW I BEGAN MY SEARCH
A couple of years a go I reached the lowest point in my life. I was 25, single, living alone, wheelchair bound and in 'free-fall' decline with multiple sclerosis. Cortisone Steroids (Methyl Prednisolone) did help me in the short term, but the more I read about their disruptive effect on the immune system and their long-term side-effects, the more I believed what many people say about them "SHORT-TERM GAIN, LONG TERM PAIN". The short-term gain was becoming less and less, and I decided I just couldn't live that way anymore.
I wanted to work on the basis of SHORT TERM PAIN, LONG TERM SUCCESS and I knew that I had to begin searching for alternatives. What had I to lose by trying? NOTHING!
So I began my search for ways of MANAGING aggressive ms. We are not talking quick-fixes or miracle cures here, but just my attempt to give myself the BEST CHANCE POSSIBLE of SURVIVING what most doctors would regard as the IMPOSSIBLE!
Since I started to change my life (diet, supplements, exercise) almost two years ago, there have been good times and bad times with the ms, and some pretty awful times but the difference is that if I just hang in there and RIDE THE STORM, BEING AS POSITIVE AS HUMANLY POSSIBLE, THEN THE NIGHTMARE DOES PASS, AND I BOUNCE BACK, AND GIVEN TIME RECOVER NATURALLY.
This has all been one hell of a LEARNING EXPERIENCE for me, and I'll not pretend I've got it all sussed. Far from it, I can be as pathetic as the next guy, but the difference now is that after my PITY PARTY (for 10 mins only) I get up, PULL MYSELF TOGETHER AND DO WHAT I HAVE TO DO! Believe me there is no other way, sitting in a corner feeling for yourself gets rather boring after a while and doesn't ATTRACT GREAT THINGS INTO YOUR LIFE!
I am now learning to WORK with ms rather than run away from it or battle with it. I believe that ACCEPTANCE of how things are and acknowledging your limitations, is an important step towards HEALTH AND WHOLENESS. FROM THIS YOU CAN BUILD AND GRADUALLY, GIVEN PATIENCE, COURAGE AND SHEER HARD-WORK, EXTEND THESE LIMITS AT THE RIGHT TIME FOR YOU.
MY FORMULA TO HELP KEEP MS AT BAY!
1. DIET-WE ARE WHAT WE EAT.
2. NUTRITION-VITAMINS & SUPPLEMENTS.
3. EXERCISE- USE IT OR LOSE IT!
and would also add:
HEALTHY ATTITUDE, POSITIVE THINKING, MEDITATION, HEALING BREATHING, BELIEF IN YOURSELF, PRAYER, SUNSHINE, LOVE, HAPPINESS, LAUGHTER, SEX, ACCEPTANCE & GIVING YOURSELF TIME!
All this ALONGSIDE ANY CONVENTIONAL MEDICATIONS YOU ARE TAKING