MS & Holidays

  Fellow MSers, Thank You and Happy Holidays

Every year right after Halloween, anxiety sets in because Thanksgiving and Christmas is right around the corner. All the work that goes into trying to make these two events a success can be overwhelming especially if living with Multiple Sclerosis. I want to do so much but it seems that the weather turning cold always sends my MS into a dive, making things difficult to do. Even preparing as much as I can in advance, there is still so much last minute things that must be done. This year started off that way until it became clear that I am forgetting the most important thing of all; all my family wants is for me to be present and feeling good. That is why I am starting off this Thanksgiving season with remembering all my blessings.

Even though I can’t do what all I could even just a year ago, I am thankful that I can still take care of all my basic needs, walk without an assisted device, and put my arms around my loved ones and tell them just how much they mean to me. I am blessed with a healthy family and news that grandbaby number 5 will be arriving in 2017. We all thought we were through with babies; my youngest grandchild is 8. Needless to say, this is exciting for our family and truly looking forward to spoiling him/her after its arrival. I am also thankful for all of you that I got to meet and speak with this past year. Each of your stories is so moving and you are fighting a great fight for this crazy disease. Many of you are in different stages with varied disabilities but your attitudes are extremely amazing. I love hearing from you and hope many more of you make contact with me in the future. The fact that so many of you is still searching for things to improve your condition instead of giving up inspires me to keep searching and blogging about what else is out there that can help us to live as normal life as possible. I do ask for your encouragement and prayers that I can continue to help you in every way possible. My wish for you is that you continue to count your blessings as well. This time of year can be extremely hard for us; anxiety, depression, extreme fatigue, and relapses can set in so very easily not to mention that the colds, flu, and other virus’ that spread rapidly which we are so vulnerable to catch with our immune system.

All you MS veterans know how to manage the Holidays so I won’t go through that list again this year. Just please remember to ask for help! Don’t think that everything must be done by YOU. It is ok if your Thanksgiving table isn’t as full of food as it was last year; you will save yourself from all the leftovers. I saw a post on Facebook the other day that said, “IF YOUR CHILD CAN USE A SMARTPHONE, THEY CAN USE A MOP, BROOM, TAKE OUT THE TRASH, etc.” They may not do it the way you like, but it gets the job done. Since Thanksgiving and Christmas is a family celebration, let them all help with things so they can enjoy being with you and you can enjoy being with them. This will be the best present you can give your family. All of you newly diagnosed individuals; I have past blogs on how to survive the Holidays posted along with my husband, Steve, postings on the caregiver’s point of view. Please take a look at these and hopefully they will provide you some ideas how to make things a little simpler.

Thank you for all your support and taking the time to read my blog and just following me. I am so blessed to have the opportunity to do this. When I started blogging, it was because we all tend to isolate ourselves after being diagnosed and seem to be searching for answers on line. We all need to feel connected somehow; and this was my way of just voicing some of my experiences and thoughts over the years. I have always tried to think outside the box, trying new things, different medications and treatments and just wanted to share all of this and the outcomes. Hopefully, I have been able to help some of you with this information. I wish and pray for my entire fellow MS’ers to have a fantastic Holiday season and to stay as healthy as possible. Remember it is not all about the food, gifts, and decorations; it is about spending quality time with your family and friends.

MS Blogger and Multiple Sclerosis Activist shares her journey living with MS, tips for others living MS and her husband, Steve, offers his insight as a caregiver for MS.