When I was diagnosed with MS in 2003 (and for years afterward), I saw it as an unfair annoyance. Over time, I’ve come to embrace it as more of an opportunity. Having a chronic illness has made me more attuned to my body (how am I feeling today? Why might I be feeling that way?), has encouraged me to take control of my own health , and to implement positive changes into my life that not only manage my MS, but improve my health and life overall (de-stressing, diet, exercise, mindfulness).
For me, stress is a huge influencer on my health, so finding ways to deal with stress (including letting go of my perfectionism) is central to my 80/20 health goals. In reality, I cannot be stress free all the time. That’s just not how life works (especially not with 3 year old twins and a five year old!!). Mindfulness and meditation help me manage my stress. My goal is to meditate 80% of days.
The title for this blog-MomSeekingBalance-comes from the reality that my physical balance is affected by MS. I just don’t feel good 100% of the time. I’m tired, sometimes I have pain, and there are sometimes days, and moments in most days, that I stumble. My Pilates practice, along with swimming (when I have access to a pool), and some Physical therapy balance work are crucial to my well being.
I believe that the vitamins and supplements I take (to be described in future post), the chiropractic care I receive, and the exercise practice I keep can improve my balance, and my overall health. This is definitely a “road less traveled” by most people with MS, but I think it is one worth exploring.
**I’m not a doctor, and posts are simply based on my experiences and opinions.