MSfit Momma’s mini MS bio

Walk MS is coming up in April. I updated my “Why I Participate” section on my website there and just thought I would share it here. I am a strong supporter of MS Fundraising efforts. Let’s find a cure, already!  🙂

http://main.nationalmssociety.org/goto/talkiewalkiemsfits15

Why I Participate:

I still remember that day so vividly. It was May 2012 and I was sitting in the lunchroom at work and we were discussing that Jack Osbourne had just been diagnosed with MS. It was so sad for him. He was so young.  He’d no doubt end up in a wheelchair some day. I didn’t know anything about MS except Montel also had it and now Jack and he was basically my age. 

Two short months later in July, I was at work training some reps from our out of state location and I kept tripping on my foot. It was weird but I thought I must be walking too fast.  That was a Thursday.  Friday, my left leg was really heavy and it was hard to walk.  Saturday, I went to Urgent Care because as I climbed out of bed that morning, I face planted on the floor because my whole lower left side was numb and I couldn’t feel my leg. I assumed I must have pulled a muscle.  By Sunday night I was in the hospital and received the news that I had 6 lesions in my brain and I had Multiple Sclerosis.  I was told I was lucky that I only had 6 but where they were located in my brain was troublesome.  My largest lesion sat directly where my brain communicates with my legs regarding walking. My second largest  impacts my cognition.  When I left the hospital four days later I was on a walker. The doctors weren’t sure how much of my leg strength I would recover. I was in physical therapy for 3 months learning how to walk again. I now walk with a slight limp and often with the aid of a cane or walker. You best believe I RAWK THAT WALKER too.

This will be the 3rd year we participate in the MS Walk. My kids call it the Orange Parade. Not only have I learned to walk again but I have learned to live with a disease that battles me every day. Not every day is good; some are definitely harder than others but I am still here.  Each step we take brings us closer to a world free of MS.

About MS

Millions of people are affected by MS and the challenges of living with its unpredictable symptoms. Multiple sclerosis interrupts the flow of information between the brain and the body and it stops people from moving. Every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with MS, a disease of the central nervous system. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity, and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS.

Please support me!

Your gift helps provide local programs and fund cutting-edge research. Your donation puts us closer to realizing our promise to STOP MS in its tracks, RESTORE lost function and END MS forever. Ending MS means no one will receive an MS diagnosis again. Every step matters.  Every dollar counts.  Every person makes a difference!

MSfit Momma Fake it til ya Make it!

Fashion Friday Tip:
When lacking confidence,  wear red lipstick!

In my experience it is hard to fake confidence in red lipstick. If you can pretend to be confident, pretty soon you will fill that way! Even if its only for a few minutes or hours.

MS depression is very dark. Things are hard right now and while I am trying to stay positive,  its hard to wear a smile every day. I also know how easily it is for me to be sucked into the vortex of depression, so sometimes even if its only for an hour it can help change my day.

Your magic lipstick doesn’t have to be red, but I challenge you to find something out of your normal make up routine and RAWK IT! Blue Mascara, sparkle eyeliner, neon green nail polish . I challenge you to change one teeny tiny addition to your normal color palette. Let me know if it made you feel any different.

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Who is MSfit Momma?

I am a bored housewife.

Well not really. Bored is not the right word. Housewife also isn’t really the right word.

I have a husband that works incredibly hard at a job with long hours and lots of complaining people.  He does it because that is our option. I can no longer work. It is whats best for my health. I am still waiting to see a Judge for my disability hearing. It’s still months away (and we’ve already been waiting over a year.) We constantly teeter on the edge of Barely Having Enough Money or Playing Catching Up From Last Month. We are stuck in the Hamster Wheel of life. There is no other Hamster I’d rather be stuck with though. 13 years and counting.

I am a Stay at Home Mom now. I have two kids and they have crazy schedules. Like most parents, Moms or Dads or Both, I am their taxi service, homework supervisor, and appointment setter and deliverer for school and church. My 9-5 is to make sure Ish gets handled!

I have Multiple Sclerosis. I am a MSfit and proud of it.  I embrace it because it is the cards I have been dealt.  I don’t look at it as a negative. I love to raise awareness and fund raise.  It zaps my energy everyday. Everyday, I have to push myself past my limits because that is life and sometimes you gotta just suck it up and keep moving forward.

I had a blog before when I was first diagnosed with MS two and a half years ago. It was really just to keep my large, nationwide family informed of my progress.  Over time though, it became a negative, dark blog (It was a brutally honest blog) but I stopped writing because it was not what I wanted to be sharing. It is overwhelming to be diagnosed with an illness and I think I needed a  year or so to really focus on REFOCUSING my though process.

A few days ago I decided to start blogging again but this time with information to share.  I always make jokes like “Let’s thank MS for getting us to the front of the line” or “High five to MS that I saved thirty bucks on our groceries.” I really do want to Thank MS for forcing me how to slow down somewhat.  MS forced me to learn how to budget and coupon.  Even when we get in a different money situation, I don’t see myself stopping doing that (hello, free money!) I don’t know that everything I post will be sugar and spice but it will be honest.  I plan to share with you silly stories, meal plans, money ideas, and MS education.  It doesn’t matter if you have MS or not, my topics are relatable to life.

With MS, I suffer from Brain Fog (obvious as it sounds: confusion, memory loss, etc) and Brian Cog. It is getting harder and harder for me to find the right word, to use it correctly in a sentence.  I hope writing with help strengthen my brain again. I apologize now if something slips through the cracks. I do proof read before posting but it might not look like it.  I also tend to use the same words because my vocabulary is shrinking.  Prepare yourselves for lots of “Awesome” and “Amazing”, Not my first choice but I’m using what I’ve got to work with. I suffer with more issues from my MS and I know they will come up in my posts. If you have questions, you can ask. I tend to be an open book.

“She believed she could, so she did!”  MSfit Momma over and out!