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Are you looking forward to the new year?

Image may contain: text  I don't know about you, but 2017 has been a particularly challenging year so the thought of a bright and shiny new year is intoxicating.

Although I realize that 2018 will not be much different in the realm of MS for me, I can always hope.

One thing I have come realize is that I control the direction of my MS more than anyone or any thing else. No, I cannot control the progression of the disease, but my attitude lies solely in my own hands. Recently I have kind of lost the motivation to assume the drivers seat in conducting this silent symphony of neurological drama. I have abandoned my morning exercise routine, I have consumed far too much processed sugar, and I allow tears to rule my world. 

Because my resolutions as with most of Americans normally fall moot very quickly, I will NOT claim to become super woman in 2018. I am not going to promise to adhere to the rules of promised physical and mental perfection. My bikini body will remain the same as it is and I most likely will not improve my bowling game to any measurable margin of success.

I will, and I am, committing myself to the completion of two YA novels (stories are done, editing is awaiting my perseverance) before the end of 2018 and I WILL, I MUST, pay more attention to the effects of the MonSter on my life.

I have gifted depression too much energy of late and it is time to get  back on track with my personal treatment of this horrible disease. Mainly because MS is only as horrible as I allow it be. 

This, of course, is not true of everyone suffering at the hands of the MonSter. since I have Relapsing Remitting multiple sclerosis, my symptoms tend to come and go. I realize that more progressive forms of MS do not allow the freedom with which I sometimes engage. But, no matter the extent of MS, our minds and out thoughts are still our own.  

So, for all of you resolution resistors, there is hope for a positive future. You just have to believe. (And up your dose of Zoloft!)

Happy Almost New Year,
Lisa

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