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Are  you tired of them yet, the new year affirmations and self-goals; the promises to better yourself in a all area of your life? Have you disinfected that juicer you hide under the various kitchen tools that you never use? Is your stationery bike really under that mound of sweaters that continues to grow with the advancements of the season? 

No to personal growth? Where is your positive attitude? I don't know about yon but my glass is half full and will remain so as long as there is another bottle in the fridge. 

For 2019, I plan to take control of my MS, by setting goals to achieve, both personal and physically. Keeping my fingers crossed, i will soon receive my first disability installment. With that, I will pay off as many current medical bills as possible and then...I will return to physical therapy.

Because I have committed to journal-ling more dependably, I will then record differences I see in my physical, emotional, and mental health. With a better awareness of who I am and what I can do, the future is wide open for possibilities. Because I currently have knowledge of alternative health aids, I will make better use of that knowledge.
By taking accountability for myself, I know me and that my conscience will propel me into action when my intentions fail.

In 2019, I will exercise at least 3 times a week. That is NOT too much to ask. I have nothing else to do, right?

And , so it begins. I am starting something now.

With that said, March is only weeks away. For all you MS Warriors, you know what that means.

March is Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month. Every March I vow to post a blog every single day to attract attention to the awareness of this awful disease. Sometimes I receive feed back, sometimes I do not. In March I travel with my book I Have MS. What's Your Super Power? and donate a portion of my sales to the NMSS. 

If you or someone in your community is interested, I will bring my dog and pony show to you for a reading, a lecture, a question/answer session or a down-home bitch session. Contact me here or at

Although advocate for MS Awareness year round, in March I spend much energy, time and finances to educate people about the MonSter. So, not only am I spreading the word, I am breaking most of the rules of an MS Warrior: I am exhausting myself, probably dehydrating myself, not getting the recommended amount of shut-eye, and definitely not concentrating on ME. That's okay, though. At the end of the month I feel that I have made my contribution to society.

Normally I begin this journey with an area MS Walk. No, I no longer walk, but I am a member of a fellow Warrior's team. My job is to sit in the elements at my little table, swap war tales, and peddle my books. Because of the Walk dates, this year my walk is not until April 27 at Tugboat Park in Morgantown, WV. So, me with my glass half full, will continue promoting MS education into April.

Find your walk now. They are everywhere; and, guess what? If you are unable to actually walk there are many volunteer services you can preform. Just your presence is helpful. Come one, come all. Bring friends, bring your dog, bring a book, just be there.


For some one who no longer makes resolutions, I seem to be adding up some goals. Why? Because we do not grow if we do not learn, and NO ONE 
is going to teach me more about my disease than fellow Warriors and personal experience.

                     Let's read!                                                                                               So many books, so little time...                                                                                                         MS Madness

Awkward Bitch: My Life with MS

                                                          Multiple Sclerosis For Dummies *
                  The MS Recovery Diet: Identify the Foods That Will Heal Your Disease *Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis: The Evidence-Based 7 Step Recovery Program Hands many of you have read any of these?


Love Sick

So, You Have MS. Now What?: My Personal Journey with Multiple Sclerosis

by Grace Augustine
                                              So, You Have MS. Now What?: My Personal Journey with Multiple Sclerosis   

Stumbling In Flats

Stumbling In Flats

by Barbara Stensland, Janis Winehouse (Kindle Edition)

So, here's my spiel...

I dare you...

No, I double-dog-dare you to read with me this year. 

Starting in February (because I must finish the stack of nearly finished novels on my bedside table), let's read together. The only rule is that the books we read are about MS or positive image guides. 

I plan to begin with Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis. No, Rachel Hollis does not have multiple sclerosis, but she is a renown life coach who will probably teach us a thing or two about personal image.

Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies about Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be

And, because it is February and the month everything red and pink, I will own a pair of those awesome red Converse sneakers! I am setting goals (and spending money) left and right!

Read more about Rachel Hollis at:

So, who's with me? Any takers out there? Anyone ready to START something?

Have a great weekend!
Lisa, The Lady with the Cane


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