Fighting for ME

#flashbackFriday (view the video) Before MS, my oldest niece and I would go on hikes on Saturday mornings. I’m hopeful that one day we’ll be able to do this again.

I’m a control freak and I often feel that I’m not in control of my body when it comes to this disease. Reality is that even in the space of uncontrollable situations, there are things I can control: how often and the types of exercises I do, what things I put in my mouth (and when), whether or not I ask for help, my response to the challenging days, etc.

In 2014, I helped heal myself by adopting a “Me first” attitude. I woke up and immediately went to the gym (weights, elliptical, pool) and ate the most nutrient dense foods.It helped me ambulate without pain or discomfort. Things changed with the death of my great grandmother in October 2015 and my aunt in February 2016. I didn’t put me and my health needs first.

I’m going to get back to that place. Today I start to reclaim some of what’s lost.