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1 Day until Blast Off

                                 left! It's almost here! MS Awareness Month begins in less than twenty-four  hours. How will you contribute to the knowledge? How will you as a Warrior use your expertise to enlighten the world? "Selma Blair reveals true toll of MS diagnosis in first TV interview." ttps:// I  have to admit that I never heard of Selma Blair until this story broke this week. I feel bad for her. Unfortunately she is now a warrior. fortunately she has the power to be a public voice for thew rest of us. the MonSter is a beast, not particular in it's victims. The MonSter enlists any one, regardless of gender, race, age, social status. If you are a Warrior, you are an expert. It is our responsibility as the true experts to share our thoughts, lend our ears,

2 days until MSAwareness Month

                                                                      ... days until MS Awareness Month.                I've got my Converse All Stars ready to do the walk and dance a little dance, make a little love...Do you?  Thank  you, Barbara A. Stensland, for inspiring me to keep on keepin' on.  If you haven't haed a chance to read Stumbling in Flats, please put that on your to do list. Lisa, the Lady with the Cane

3 days until MS Awareness Month

                                            ... days until MS Awareness Month.                                   The Oscars have come and gone. We 're still breathing heavy at the thought of Lady Gaga ad Bradley Cooper staring intensely into one another's eyes.                      Massive winds have rocked my little world of West Virginia. But we are standing. The groundhog has promised an early spring.                       I am ready to make March AWESOME. How about you? Want to raise a little awareness with me?                         Want to be interviewed at Lady With the Cane? Bring it on. I would love to have you. Have you found walk? Walk MS® – Together We Are Stronger The countdown continues. I'll see you tomorrow! Lisa, The Lady with the Cane                       

Rachel Hollis, look what you started.

Multiple Sclerosis is not only an annoying, frightening, ridiculous disease of inconvenience; it is also highly expensive. Between doctor visits, highly over-priced drugs, physical therapy and exercise programs, dietary recommendations, and lack of disability avail abilities, there is also the cost of MS accessories. Yes, you heard me. Multiple Sclerosis requires a certain number of "accessories". Orthotic management is something relatively new to me, but I am catching on fast. Probably one of my biggest issues with my MS is drop foot. Treatment of drop foot involves exercise to strengthen the affected leg, foot, and ankle as well as bracing the foot with an ankle foot orthosis, or AFO. The goal of orthotic management is to provide toe clearance while the affected limb is swinging, and stability while the affected foot is on the ground. Upon the recommendation of my physical therapist, I acquired my very own AFO several months ago. At first I was excited abo

MS Speak

Thirteen more days until MS Awareness Month.  I know, I know; enough with the countdown already. This is big thing for me , though. Instead of badgering folks  every day of the year with my MS speak, I save that for March, for two reasons: 1. March is MS Awareness Month (Betcha didn't know that.) 2. March is my birthday month; so I get to talk about what ever I want for the entire   month. (Sure took ownership of that, didn't I?)  And I want to talk about MS. Not just my MS, but the MonSter in general.                                Multiple Sclerosis is so very unpredictable, as I am certain you all know or are learning. Just when I thought that extremely warm temperature is my biggest enemy, the recent extreme dip in temps has me staved up as if I ran a marathon without training. It's awful. If I do not stretch every day, sometimes several times throughout the day, I have limited mobility tripled from my normal complaint. Right now I am seated at my desk with m

Another Hidden Symptom

Are your MS symptoms playing hide and seek? Twenty more days until MS Awareness Month, yet MS symptoms have no calendar schedule.  They are every day. And every day sometimes brings something new to the table. something different, something frightening, something intellectually stimulating.   I began my Gilyenya journey several months ago and so far things seem to be A-Ok. But we need to be on top of our treatments with a daily check. Is there anything different from yesterday in my walking gait, mental abilities, eye sight? I know we are not doctors. No, we are not. We are something much moire powerful. We are Warriors of MS. We are the experts. We know more than any medical professional how we feel . Lately I have been experiencing some rather strange headaches that begin right behind my eyes. I also feel kind of nauseous. (OR is it nauseated? I always get that confused.) So, I began reading up on this thing called optic neuritis. I don't know if it is t