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Following the Cheerio Trail

Crunch!

Didn't I just sweep this floor? What on earth am I stepping on?

When my son was a toddler, I could often find him by tracking the trail of circular cereal pieces the dog hadn't got to first.

Years later, we no longer have a dog but the trail still exists. In three short months my Cheerio eater will be off to life in a dorm room. I hope his room mate is understanding or maybe sympathetic to this situation. Even more, it is my wish that said son will begin picking up after himself. An equally slavish roomie might be therapeutic but an obsessive cleaner could further enable this behavior. Six of one/ half a dozen of the other. Whatever...it will no longer be my problem.



For a brief second I entertained the idea of thoroughly remodeling my boy's rooms once he vacates it for a higher education, but the closer that gets the more I mourn his absence. I know I am not alone and it will come as no surprise that my brain is flooded with "just yesterday" memories of my p…

Happy May!

Happy May 2019

I have kept a journal all my life, probably since I could grasp a writing utensil. I have chronicled favorites, disappointments, personal goals and resolutions, vacations, major life events, books read, movies watched...you name it. When I discovered I was pregnant eighteen years ago, I started a journal for my child. I wrote to her/him every day with important medical facts connected to pregnancy, doctor visits, and news worthy events of the day. My first ultrasound photo is tucked within the pages of an early  journal. A formula bottle label and the hospital baby bracelet is scotch  taped to a page. 

As the years have progressed my child's collections of Mommy journals have grown to an entire shelf above my desk. Lists of accomplishments (his and mine) have replaced new born and toddler announcements. I have tried to highlight everything that he may forget or not remember as a landmark or important moment.

Unfortunately the older he gets, the less I tend to write and…

I'm back just in time for my MS Walk

Hello, hello, hello!!!!!

I'm back!

It has been a very long week without my computer. Yes, I know, anti-techie me, I really said that. I never realized how much I depended on my pooter until I didn't have it any more.

I was unable to review books on Readers Favorite. 

I couldn't address emails properly.

I couldn't write this blog and I really, really missed that.

I couldn't play my Facebook games or look up ridiculous trivia for which I only care.

I DID knit a lot, though; which means I binge watched a lot of Netflix (Have you seen The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina?); which means I snacked a lot; which means my jeans no longer fit comfortably...

Oh, well, it is what it is...

Isn't it interesting how all the elements of our daily life often fall into these unplanned yet strategically organized patterns? :Some good. Some not so good.

Well, I find that is exactly how it is with multiple sclerosis. MS is NOT predictable even when we try to force it's awkward shape into o…

Help yourself to be a better YOU

It has been a rough eight months and it's effects are very telling on my poor MS body. Since the beginning of the school year, nothing seems to have fallen into place for my son's senior year. He started it off by having his wisdom teeth extracted and subsequently spending a week at home recovering. Next came a sinus infection that left him drained. He had Mono last year and the immune system is still trying to catch up.

By now it is the end of October and we're counting down the days until Thanksgiving break and BANG! The unbelievable happens. Miller Fisher Syndrome ( a rare form of Guillain-BarrĂ© syndromehttps://www.ninds.nih.gov/Disorders/Patient.../Guillain-BarrĂ©-Syndrome-Fact-Sheet) attacks out of no where and school takes a back seat for TWO MONTHS. We spent a week in hospital undergoing many ridiculously painful tests and procedures before returning home for him to be home schooled until the New Year. In between all this mess, several disappointing events occur that …

Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month 2019

Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month 2019It might be officially the last day of MS Awareness Month, but I, like thousands of others, I am aware of it EV-ER-Y DAY. Just because our country promotes awareness during this particular month doesn't mean that all around the world various cultures and societies aren't drawing attention the MonSter. Author Barbara Stenslandin the UK tells us that they recognize the week of April 22-28 as MS Awareness Week. (Missed her interview? See March 20 post.)

https://stumblinginflats.com/

After contacting some folks in Ireland, I am led to believe that their fund raising remains publicity active year round. Good for them.                                           

Want to know what's going on around the world with MS? It isn't that difficult to find out if you're not intimated by social media.

Any leprechauns out there? Check out this group:
https://www.facebook.com/MultipleSclerosisIreland/

How about our Asia population? Here's …

Have a pint or two.

Although the final day of MS Awareness is hours away, MS never leaves. Help me help MS Awareness. See you later.



Have a pint in honor of MS Awareness Month. Author Lisa McCombs will be present at 1PM and will read from her award winning book I Have MS. What's Your super Power? at 2PM. A percentage of book sales is donated to the National MS Society.

Short Story, Rivesville, West Virginia.



https://www.amazon.com/Have-Whats-Your-Super-Power/dp/1882658442/ref=sr_1_fkmrnull_1?crid=3UUGZO89HYHTV&keywords=i+have+ms.+what%27s+your+superpower&qid=1553952850&s=gateway&sprefix=I+Have+MS.%2Caps%2C137&sr=8-1-fkmrnull


The best MS Blogs

As we near the end of MS Awareness Month, I struggle to keep the tears at bay. For an individual living with MS, purpose is everything. My purpose is to keep moving, constantly encourage, and look for ways to improve my life and the life of other Warriors.

I've come to love my little blog and the personal therapy it offers me in it's attempt to smooth over the absence of physical friendships. MS is a lonely disease. It is an expensive disease and it is not very friendly. 

I am by no means a professional blogger and I know very little about anything computer related, so I doubt seriously that blogging will ever earn me an income; but, that is not my purpose. 

I just want to share any and every little scrap of kindness I can. So...if you enjoy Lady with the Cane, I KNOW you will want to check out these awesome award winning MS Blogs.

https://www.healthline.com/health/multiple-sclerosis/best-blogs-of-the-year#1


You're welcome,
Lisa, The Lady with the Cane

I can walk!!!!

Yes, once again I am guilty of plagiarism. This is just too good not to share.
Even though I am smart enough to know the truth of my latest findings, the actuality of my experiment is crazy exciting.
End result: I can walk!!!!!!!

https://www.nationalmssociety.org/About-the-Society/News/Study-Finds-Exposure-to-Organic-Solvents-Smoking Study Finds Exposure to Organic Solvents, Smoking and MS Genes Interact to Increase Risk of Getting MS July 3, 2018 SUMMARY
A study of more than 2,000 people with MS in Sweden suggests that people who had occupational exposure to organic solvents and certain MS susceptibility genes were much more likely to develop MS than those without MS genes.In addition, they found significant additive effects such that having MS genes along with exposure to solvents and cigarette smoking created a 30-fold increased risk of developing MS.ALERT!!!!!!!!!!  “Avoidance of cigarette smoke and unnecessary exposure to organic solvents, particularly in combination, would appear rea…

Are you ready to de-stress?

How I Got MS Into Remission And You Can Too!

https://www.mswellnessroute.com/how-i-got-ms-into-remission-and-you-can-too/





Triggers To MS I’ve been extremely lucky and even appreciate life more from having MS. That doesn’t mean I still don’t hate MS because I do! I even had a friend pass away from complications of MS (she wouldn’t try changing her diet). But that doesn’t have to be your course. It’s known that chronic inflammation causes MS. Since everyone is different you need to figure out what caused your inflammation. It’s usually a combination of things that trigger MS. Triggers to MS: → Diet (processed foods, refined sugar, refined carbs, food allergies, etc.)
→ Infections (Candida, viruses, bacterial overgrowth, and parasites)
→ Environmental Toxins (heavy metals, mold, pesticides, plastics, etc.)
→ Chronic Stress
→ Genetics Ways To Calm Stress Avoid Sugar – it raises blood sugar levels and creates anxietyDeep Breathing ExercisesExercise – Yoga or Tai ChiLaughingMeditationPets – p…

Interview with a Warrior: YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS THIS

Several months ago I was contacted by a lady who wanted to talk to me about her daughter's weird physical complaints. She was fairly certain the issue was MS, but was looking for face-to-face conversation with someone who lived with the disease.

We agreed to meet for lunch and a connection was made. Mom, daughter, and I broke bread and discussed this horrible thing called multiple sclerosis. I left that meeting full of sorrow for Jennifer, single other of her own child, knowing full well the fears that filled her.

Jennifer had a history with another neurologist, but made an appointment at the same clinic I visit and was diagnosed with PPMS. Jennifer agreed to be interviewed here and I cannot express my gratitude for her strength and hope for a better tomorrow.

Thank you, Jennifer. 






 3/9/19
LISA: How long have you known about your MS? What were your initial symptoms?
JENNIFER: One day, my hand kept falling asleep. I thought it was weird, but I brushed it off. The next day my whole right …