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New Year Resolutions I WILL Keep

Happy New Year, MonSter. Here we go again. Welcome to 2020. I don't know what you have in store for me this decade, but this is my agenda:

1. Publish two new books; one of which YOU, MonSter, are the main character. Excited? Well, don't be. You're not the hero.

2. Continue exercising every day, even if it's just a few minutes of simple stretches. 

3. Stress less. Pray More. How? Refer to items one and two.

2019 brought to me...

*an incredibly stressful year for my high school senior, resulting in his first semester of university...hoping for a better stretch of academia for him. 

*new and frightening MS pains, symptoms, and treatment struggles

*a new and improved bowling average...90  currently with a notable 100 a few weeks ago

*a successful NaNoWriMo

I know that can't be everything, but my dear friend MS has really attacked my cognitive abilities this year. 

Oh, well...

Happy New Year,
Lisa, Lady with the Cane…
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Doesn't this sound wonderful?

As you know if you read this blog regularly, a second request for further review of the L300 GO was denied. My immediate reaction was disappointment, followed by anger, ending in resolve to create the BEST letter of appeal possible. In my mind there has to be a way to reach out to the powers that be and  convince them that this treatment is relevant.

Or, is it?

After a week of sharing my news and collecting suggestions, I decided to come to you for more information. Is there anyone out there who has worked with this electric muscle stimulation and found it worth while? Evidently thee is not enough clinical evidence to support the success of such therapy as treatment for drop foot in multiple sclerosis. In fact,…

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L300 GO second appeal update: DENIED

Okay, man, them's fightin' words. I have 30 days to file a third appeal, which I will do.

The justification for this answer? Once again, a committee, individual, or robotic judge (Who knows?) decided that After review of the information submitted and your summary plan description, it was determined this service is not medically necessary, so it is not covered by  your plan. 
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Thinking positive about both ventures, but content with the outcome no matter what. I am NOT in control of my destiny and the man upstairs knows my needs, so it rests in His hands; but, I've got a brain and as long as that brain is functioning I'll continue to search for relief. And that's okay. I am grateful for the opportunity to continue fighting the MonSter by whatever means I am given.

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