Receiving the diagnosis that I had Multiple Sclerosis in
2004 was like piercing a dagger in my heart. I was at the highlight of my
life. I was a young attorney and thought
this was the demise of my legal career. I
suspected for many years that I had it because of the “weird symptoms.” I went from not being able to drive because I
couldn’t see due to the blurred vision, not walking normally, dragging my left
leg, not being able to feel my legs when waking up, not being able to taste, having
panic attacks, depression and anxiety, among other symptoms. These symptoms can bring despair, and they have
certainly done so for me in the past.
However, having multiple sclerosis should not give anyone permission to
stay “sick!” It does not serve you stay there and have this diagnosis consume
I say I have MS because the lesions
are on the x-ray, but I also say it doesn’t have me. Switch your mindset and
only feed yourself with positive energy, gratitude and love. Worrying about what can happen when it hasn’t
happened only exacerbates the condition because the Universe is paying
attention. In other words, energy flows
where focus goes. Send your energy towards healing.
top 5 Dos:
- Do whatever it
takes to get support – try different types of medication which can aid in your
health. Get therapy if you are sad or
depressed or just need to speak with someone.
Group therapy was not ideal for me, but some people do very well with it. Join a mindful mastermind, which was the
recourse for me.
- Do meditate – it
keeps you grounded and helps you from despair and promotes clarity and
- Do gratitude
affirmations – see the positive in your diagnosis. You are only as sick as you allow your mind
to keep you sick. Being grateful is the
currency to health.
- Do exercise – if
you are able to exercise this is super important. Try to exercise at least 5 times a week. You need those endorphins to keep you from
falling into depression.
- Do eat healthy –
Plant based meals are highly recommended, but I have found that in my life
moderation is the key. Figure out what
foods make you feel tired, bloated and not in optimal health and avoid them at
all cost. A gluten free diet has been
optimal for me.
Top 5 Don’ts:
- Don’t hold on to
the label that you are sick -this does nothing but keep you sick
- Don’t stay sad or
angry for too long – your body won’t work on healing you in this state
- Don’t give
credence to “all” the advice given to you – they tell you that you will be
fatigued – I have found that is a lie in my life.
- Don’t believe you
will get worse before you get better – doesn’t have to be unless you tell your
- Don’t compare
your illness with other people’s illnesses – you have no business comparing, it
will only drive you crazy. Save yourself
The diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis does
not have to mean the end of your life as you know it. Seek out the best doctors to help you and
surround yourself with positive energy.
Develop a daily routine that will promote your health and wellness every
day of your life. You can beat the
progression of Multiple Sclerosis.