Managing Multiple Sclerosis

Living with any disease can be challenging. What once was seems to no longer be the case, and you’ve suddenly come to find yourself struggling to adapt to the new way of life you’ve been set up against. I understand how egregious it can feel when what you’ve grown accustomed to and what you once had the luxury of not spending more than a few seconds meditating on, suddenly requires more of you. —More energy, more effort, more time, and even more tries. Or, maybe you’ve been labled a certain way that doesn’t necessarily match the current reality of your life. Maybe you’ve just recently been given a diagnosis that you don’t understand. Maybe you’re being asked questions about yourself you’ve never had to think about. Maybe there’s a lot of statistical information being thrown at you that you didn’t ask for and aren’t being given the opportunity to deny. Whatever your case or situation, I can tell you that you're not alone. In my case,  Multiple Sclerosis was the challenge and it was (and sometimes still can be) just that: a challenge. But it has also been something that led me into a place where I became more gracious and generous with myself, and more intentional about prioritizing my holistic health and needs. Below are a few points I’ve grown to prioritize and keep tabs on in order to take better care of myself and the people and things connected to me. Because what affects me, affects all that’s in relation to me.  My health, my relationships, my purpose, etc. It’s all connected. And because of this, these seemingly small acts of self-care are also forms of community care. So please, feel free to take what you need.

Start slow, and go easy on yourself because you deserve the grace, the rest, the peace, and the love.

Do what’s suitable for you, and do it guilt-free.




***Disclaimer***
Now, I am not a doctor or a medical professional of any kind.
Please, for both our sakes, contact a doctor, naturopath, or specialist for medical advice.




Lifestyle

Medication/Supplements

Diet

Self-Care

 

I made a list of some of my own personal self care practices from worship to writing. It’s nice to have a written account to remind me that there’s so much life to enjoy apart from illness.
The mind-body connection is too sacred a topic to engage with passively. And hard times have the tendency to strip us of so much. I hope that no matter how long it takes, you’re able to allow yourself some time off to regain the strength needed in order to continue on.

***Be gentle with yourself, and kind to yourself even when it seemingly doesn’t make much sense to.
You will be met with love exactly where you are.