MS MobilityStrength Multiple Sclerosis

MS MobilityStrength Multiple Sclerosis
As a person with MS, I bring a personal commitment to the work I do.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Air Travel and MS

   I am planning a trip that is going to require me to fly. It has been quite a few years since I have flown. I have not been on a plane after my diagnosis of MS. I have ridden in boats with no sea sickness symptoms. My Neuro said I should not have a problem with motion sickness. HA! We will see.
I'm leaving on a jet plane, don't know when I'll be back again.... This is what keeps going through my head:)

   Our daughter is having our first grand baby and I will be staying with her for help and support. I have packed easy and quick recipes to make while I am there.
   I will be traveling alone and my only fear is to experience anxiety and confusion. I will just keep reminding myself to take deep breaths and remember that I will be with my daughter soon.
   I will also have to take my Avonex with me. Got a letter from the doctor which is needed to take RX on plane.
   With all the excitement of traveling I will probably experience fatigue. I hope to be able to catch up on some Zzz's while flying.

   There probably won't be much time to get Zzz's once the baby arrives.
   I hope MS is kind to me and allows me to enjoy being with my daughter and new grand baby. 

   I am so looking forward to welcoming this new life into the world.

As a person with MS, I bring a personal commitment to the work I do.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Patsy Clairmont~Author & Humorist

   Back in the day when my kids were younger and I was dealing with the diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis, I was looking for understanding and comfort and came across this book Normal is just a setting on your dryer, written by Patsy Clairmont, a best selling author and humorist. What peaked my interest in this book was the need for Kleenex to catch those tears of laughter and an occasional sniffle of sympathy. 
  Done! Sold! This book did not disappoint me. 

Patsy Claimont's Story

Humorist Patsy Clairmont travels around the country speaking at conferences, retreats, and conventions.


Every year women go home to regale their friends and family with the latest "Patsy story" and we expect this weekend will be no different. Patsy has a poet's gift for making words dance as she shares her adventures and God's overwhelming love. Who'd have thought the teenage runaway who spent later years housebound with agoraphobia would grow into the gifted communicator and best-selling author you see and read today? (Certainly not Patsy herself!) A proud mama of two boys and "nana" to two more, Patsy and husband Les live in Tennessee.

Best selling books by Humorist Patsy Clairmont~

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Humor has the unique power to lift a heart to new heights, to heal the hurts of a bad day, and to infuse the soul with inspiration.
Samplings from some of your favorite authors and comedians include Patsy Clairmont, Martha Bolton, Mark Lowry, Carolyn Arends, and many more. This feel-good book will delight your feminine funny bone and tickle your female fancy.
Take a deep breath, inhale the joy, soak up the merriment, and you'll surely find that your heart is lighter, your day brighter, and your soul hilariously refreshed

Sometimes if we try we can disconnect from tough problems around us, but eventually the network of fractures spreads to our front doors when a husband walks out, a loved-one is arrested, a friend betrays us, a church splits, a job is terminated, a diagnosis is bad, or a financial picture worsens. Suddenly with no place to hide from the reality we realize life is all cracked up. Through the lens of our pain everything seems broken, bruised, and battered. But, as best-selling author Patsy Clairmont points out, there's a redeemer of our pain--Jesus. The Redeemer of the broken and discarded who mends our hearts, and even gives us a reason to laugh again.
Telling inspirational stories of women's brokenness and healing, with tenderness and her trademark humor, Patsy Clairmont helps us realize that we're not alone in our struggles. Jesus buoys our spirits and refreshes our tired minds. As Patsy says, "life is so much easier to bear when its shared.

We all want to live on a peaceful mountaintop where we can look down on the world below without getting hurt. With her trademark humor and style, Patsy Clairmont uses the story of "dancing bones" in Ezekiel to remind us that life in the valley can be pretty breathtaking, too. It's often in the valley that we learn and love the most. Rather than running from our troubles, Patsy says true "valley girls" find grace, freedom, and a sense of humor in the midst of turmoil.

Celebrate the holidays
with the marvelous gift of

Holidays can be both fun and frustrating, can't they? All the chaos that goes with the holidays can make you grin or groan. What you need for happy holidays is to have your stocking stuffed with tasty bits of humor.
Imagine reaching into your stocking and finding a hilarious story by Patsy Clairmont, pulling out funny-bone ticklers by Martha Bolton, Jack Hayford, and Tim Wildmon, and discovering goodies to make you giggle by many other gifted writers.
So grab a cup of wassail, curl up in your favorite chair, and indulge yourself with this heart-lifting book of holiday cheer — it's stuffed full of special surprises to raise your spirits and add joy to your world!

We women are wonderfully made, but, boy, we sure are emotionally intricate. With her trademark conversational style and wit, Patsy Clairmont tackles a subject most women feel at a loss to approach—their feelings.
I Second That Emotion takes one of Patsy’s most popular topics at the Women of Faith conferences and shows how you can deal with a turbulent emotional life.
I Second That Emotion pulls some of our emotions out to examine them individually. Don’t allow life to push your emotional buttons till you have an emotional meltdown. Instead, let God help you get untangled

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Monday, November 26, 2012

Fuzzy Brain

MS is playing tricks with my brain!
   Sunday mornings are a time for my husband and I to just kick back and relax at our favorite restaurant for breakfast and plenty of Fresh coffee. 
  This particular Sunday was a very strange morning at the restaurant for me. You see, I have been experiencing Fuzzy Brain episodes that leave me feeling bewildered. This particular Sunday was very busy with a short wait for a table. This means that there was an unusual amount of people with allot of chattering going on. This leaves me feeling anxious and a bit jittery. 
  We ordered our usual breakfast food which should not be difficult to do but it is always a challenge for me to get it all said to our server. I have it all in my thoughts, rehearsed a number of times, but when it comes time to say it I stumble with my order. Fuzzy Brain why don't you just let my thoughts and words flow freely from my lips?
  While enjoying my breakfast with idle chit chat between bites I began having a total feeling of confusion and my head just felt fuzzy. I just tried to breath through it listening to all the background noise around me. 
  Fuzzy Brain you are not going to defeat me leaving me home bound. I will admit though being home in the quiet Fuzzy Brain leaves me alone.

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Due to Rising Energy Costs, the Light at the End of the Tunnel Has Been Turned Off: How to Have a Happy, Fabulous Life Even When Your Circumstances Look Dim

How to Have a Fabulous Life--No Matter What Comes Your Way

Everyone experiences those times when it seems like nothing is going right. How can we get back that inner peace we so desire? With her signature wit, Karen Scalf Linamen helps women put it all into perspective. She shows how to feel alive and vibrant despite our circumstances. With hilarious true stories and plain-sense practicality, this book is just what women need when life seems to be falling apart at the seams.

Celebrate the Bond of Sisterhood
When it comes to sisters, there's plenty to laugh about — and this joyful book is filled with humorous stories about the special relationship that sisters share.
Sisters share secrets, sorrows, success, and sometimes silliness. It's this sense of sharing that brings sisters so close — and in that closeness, there are all kinds of reasons to laugh.
You'll giggle and grin as you read stories from some of your favorite authors and comedians — like Patsy Clairmont, Martha Bolton, Karen Scalf Linamen — and new friends you'll delight in getting to know. Whether sisters by family, faith, or friendship, you'll find yourself — and your sister — reflected in stories of childhood antics, shopping trips, midnight heart-to-heart talks, and the many shared "oops!" of life.

As a person with MS, I bring a personal commitment to the work I do.

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Saccadic Dysmetria

A New Diagnosis
Saccadic Dysmetria

   This is a new one for me. Never heard of it and did not know what it was. 

Let me start by saying that I only wanted to see better. Don't we all? I had been seeing an Optometrist for years but started noticing odd occurrences with my vision. I was referred to a Neuro Opthamologist who discovered this condition. Not life threatening and I wasn't going blind. But what the heck is Saccadic Dysmetria? After investigating what this condition was I was very confused.

I recently had my 6 mo. visit with my neuro and he explained it better. My eyes have a tendency to jump around when I try to focus. You say this isn't normal? Sometimes I do notice this but it has been so gradual I have gotten used to it and thought it was normal. Also when my eyes look to one side my eyes can't focus thus having to turn my head to focus.

So here is just another MS symptom to add to the long list.

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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Life With A Westie

Unconditional Love

Reason To Get Up In The Morning

Walking Partner

My Westie


   Having a pet is such a wonderful opportunity. Though this isn't the best choice for some individuals I find it very comforting.
   After much searching I found my dream pet. This is what my husband calls him. Lundy, a male, was born April 5, 2006 in Ohio.
   Lundy was already 7 months old when we adopted him. He was very timid and quiet, not barking for at least a week. We wondered it he new how to bark. And to our amazement he certainly did now how to bark. Lundy is not a yapping, noisy dog.
   He is a Mamma's boy staying at my side and following me everywhere I go. At his size, 18 lbs., you wouldn't consider him to be a lap dog. But he does jump into my lap at night while I watch TV. 
   Walking is his favorite outdoor activity even if it is strolling around our backyard that is heavily wooded. Exercise is much needed for him and me. 
   Some mornings it is quite hard for me to get out of bed because fatigue is so much apart of my MS body. Knowing that it is not fair for Lundy to have to wait to eat and do his business because I just want to sleep, gives me the extra incentive to get up and out of bed in the morning.
   When I am having an extra bad day, Lundy sits quietly at my side as I talk and cry to him. He doesn't judge me, he just sits and wags his tail.
   Unconditional love is all I desire and need.
        Thank you Lundy!
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Saturday, November 10, 2012

My LOL Moment

   Back in my working days I worked in a department that used postal mail bins. There were many of these bins on the floor, some empty some partially full.
  Having MS means that I really need to watch my footing. Well as luck would have it I tripped on one of the many bins on the floor. Now you see me now you don't. I ended up landing butt first into one of these bins. Fortunate for me I landed in a bin that was partially full. Legs and arms hanging out of the bin I looked to see if anyone saw my unique acrobatics. If anyone did, not a word was uttered. With as much grace that I could gather I wiggled myself out of this bin. Good thing for me the bin wasn't empty, I would have had to call for some help.

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Friday, November 9, 2012

Are premonitions real?

   I always had my doubts about Premonitions. Are premonitions real? Well I am here to tell you YES!
  This is a very personal and true story. It was July 3, 2004, a Saturday evening and my husband and I were at 4:30 pm mass. It was a typical Saturday evening mass, nothing unusual until I was overcome with a terrible thought that something was going to happen to my husband. This felt so real that I began to cry. I have never had a feeling like this before. This sensation flowed through my whole body. It lasted for a few minutes then subsided. I didn't mention this to my husband but it tugged at me never leaving my thoughts.
  We attended a festival later that evening for the Independence Day Holiday. After a short stroll around we decided to leave. There was a new development of houses on the river we wanted to see so we stopped and walked around a bit. We got back into the car and started to leave when my husband said he felt dizzy. After waiting a few minutes he decided he was OK to drive. We did not get very far when he pulled over rushed out of the car and began vomiting. He felt like he just kept spinning and spinning. 
  Should we go to the hospital? No, it's probably a stomach virus. I drove the rest of the way. We were about 5 minutes from home but he felt it was longer. My husband felt every bump and turn that we made. When we arrived home he just layed down on the floor to rest. 
  While all this was happening I just kept thinking about what happened to me at Mass earlier that evening. I was keeping a very close eye on my husband.
  He decided to go lay down in bed. Then he needed to use the bathroom and he closed the door behind him. Taking too long I opened the door to find him on the floor. He was unresponsive and the side of his face was drooping. I yelled to our son to call 911!
  I held my husband in my arms trying to comfort him and tell him that help was on the way. He just looked at me. To this day when I am in our bathroom and hear sirens I think of that day and it has been 8 yrs.
  Yes my husband had a stroke. Our Pastor from church came to visit and I asked him if there were such things as premonitions. I explained what had happened at Mass and he said yes that premonitions are real.
   This was a very upsetting time for me. Family and friends were at our sides for support. I have MS and the stress of my husband's stroke brought on more fatigue than usual.
   There is one good thing that came out of all this and that was now my husband can understand the feeling of severe dizziness  accompanied with vomiting that I went through before my diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis.
  Today when you look at the both of us you would never guess that we are both sick. Our illnesses for the moment have chosen to remain hidden in our bodies. And that is where we would like them to stay.  

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

A Letter To Multiple Sclerosis

My Baggage ~ Multiple Sclerosis

   Those care free days of running and playing with my children were suddenly cut short because of you. Yes Multiple Sclerosis, may I call you MS? You took away my freedom of movement. My children would ask why does mommy have to stay in the house? Mommy come play with us, please! 
  I do recall how you were messing with my eyesight. Driving was out of the question for a while leaving me to ask for help getting my kids to activities. Or losing the hearing in one ear. Oh how cruel you were to me. I would ask you, "Why are you doing this to me?" Yes MS you would allow these symptoms to improve slightly, but not totally, only to throw another setback to my once happy and carefree life.
  It has been 15 yrs. of carrying you around as baggage. I am on a path of happiness and just want you to know that I have learned how to live with you. If you must know there are times when this baggage of MS is a bit heavy to carry. I just stop take a deep breath and continue on my journey. 
   MS is what I have, not who I am!

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

A Doctor's Waiting Room

   In my perfect world a doctor's office would be as open as it could be to allow access to wheel chairs and to those with walking devices. I prefer chairs to be against the wall instead of back to back. 

   Waiting to see the doctor can sometimes be very long. Wouldn't it be nice to grab a cup of water while you wait? There should be easy access to water to quench our thirst.

   When I show up on time for my appointment please let me know honestly how long I will be waiting to see the doctor. This would be better than me becoming angry. 

As a person with MS, I bring a personal commitment to the work I do.


Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Fitness For MS

Fitness For Those Who Have Multiple Sclerosis

Tuesday November 6, 2012                                                  Mentor,Ohio

We now know how difficult it is for those diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, also known as MS, to be physically active. For those individuals that are confined to a chair, the easiest form of exercising is stretching. This form of exercise is low impact and can be done several times a day. Even while you watch TV.

For those who are more mobile it is still suggested to follow a stretching exercise program. Before you start any exercise program consult with your physician. Using a stretching exercise program you avoid bouncing and jumping. If you still feel the need for aerobic activity, you can use a stationary exercise bike or a mini cycle that can be placed on the floor for lower body workouts or tabletop for upper body workouts.

To be physically fit does not mean that you need to work out like a star athlete. The truth is, that a little physical activity is better than none at all. The key is not to work out to near exhaustion. Pace yourself! You know your body better than anyone. Exercise is a quick pick me up, no matter what level of motion you are capable of.

Whatever your level of fatigue is, keep as active as possible, since regular exercise minimizes symptoms and lessons the chance of disability.
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Monday, November 5, 2012




How exciting to know that my daughter is going to have a BABY GIRL!


As a person with MS, I bring a personal commitment to the work I do.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

What's in my purse?

   I learned a long time ago, from my mom, that one of the most important items to carry in my purse are tissues. I have been able to help moms out who had forgotten to pack the much needed tissues for their children. 
  The next must have in my purse is a well charged cell phone. Because of my MS and cognitive symptoms I have in the past gotten lost and needed help finding my way.
  Any medications that need to be taken with a meal if I am meeting friends for a girls day out. 
  Also an identification card stating that I have MS, who to contact, and medications being taken.
  Then there are the usual items money, car keys, lip gloss, and gum.

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Saturday, November 3, 2012

A Conversation About MS With My Doctor

   The diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis is just that, MS. Although this would fill your plate, you could also face others illnesses not associated with MS as well.
   It is advisable for you to establish a connection with a Neurologist, General Practitioner, Optometrist, and a Dentist. Keep all doctors informed of current events with your MS. Not all of your symptoms are MS related thus the need for other specialists.
   The following is a good example of a MS non MS symptom.

   Let's go back to the MS Hug. I met with my GP and explained to her about the tightness that I experienced in my ribs radiating from the front to the back. I also could not take deep breaths. She explained to me that she was very concerned that it could be my heart and ordered further testing. Well that proved to be fine. She poked and prodded my upper body, only to order blood work. All of those tests came back Good! 

   After the obvious conditions were ruled out I then met with the Neurologist. He explained to me that there was a MS symptom called MS Hug. My doctor explained that this symptom could last a few days or weeks and is quite possible for the MS Hug to come and go. He prescribed a prescription to help ease the discomfort of the MS Hug until it ran its course. 
   It is very important to keep an open line of communication with all of your doctors.

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Friday, November 2, 2012

The Weirdest Thing I Have Experienced With MS


   When I imagine a hug I get all fuzzy and tingly. 


   So you can imagine how surprised I was when one of my MS symptoms was labeled a 'MS Hug'. I was experiencing a tightness in my ribs. At times it was a crushing pain. My GP ruled out a heart attack, liver problems, indigestion and a host of other factors. With the Internet at my finger tips I Googled my symptoms and to actually find this diagnosis was wonderful. I finally had an answer to what was happening to me.
   I shared my findings with my Neurologist and he confirmed it. Who new that a hug could be so painful.

As a person with MS, I bring a personal commitment to the work I do.

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