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L300 Go, go, go

Today's the day. It couldn't come any sooner. The MonSter has been kicking my buttocks (isn't that  a fun word?) lately. Today I will receive my physical therapy evaluation in order to receive a letter from Rebecaa, my friendly PT. I will add this documentation to my impressive (If I do say so myself.) file of wordage that will be sent to my insurance company in hopes of then acquiring 80-20 percent  coverage for the L300 Walk Aid. I don't know if it's the fact that my brains so focused on the L300 or if reality is on my side.  has become extremely uncomfortable. A callus has formed on the bed of my right foot and must be "scraped" every few weeks. Fellow baby boomers might remember that Chevy Chase/Goldie Hawn film in which the maid had a weekly appointment to get her feet scraped. That's what this reminds of. I am very, very concerned about the muscle in my right leg. It is beginning to look "withered" and is constantly crampe

Monday, Monday...

Ya want to know what MS looks like? Well, here ya go. My head ache began Saturday afternoon (that's  two days ago, it you are reading this post publication) and it's not only still hanging around, it's worse. The sledge hammer imprint makes wonder if I walked into a wall and don't remember. The area around my left eye is actually tender and my vision is blurred. Ibuprofen doesn't help. A warm cloth doesn't help. Meditation doesn't help. And my cat's constant yammering doesn't help. So, not only does MS look like a frayed wire,  it feels like one also. I won't let it get me down, though. I can't. I will slap some duct tape on it and forge ahead.                                                                                               Isn't that what we Warriors do? So, no, I may not look sick (You've heard that before, right?), but that wire definitely isn't healthy. Unfortunately where the wire can be fixe

Do something nice for yourself

No matter how long I live in the company of the MonSter, I never get used to it. I get tired of pushing through the day on legs that will not move and feet that cannot feel.  After treating myself to a gentle yoga class this morning, I could barely move. I forced myself to ride the stationary bike to further stretch my frozen calf muscles and things loosened up a bit, but for the rest of the day I have felt half-baked. My toes continue to curl and my arms are just useless. Tomorrow I get to bowl (yippee) and just wonder if I can even make it to the bowling alley. I don't figure anyone would miss me, but I refuse to give in to this beast. Even if it means falling flat on my face to the ridicule of an entire bowing alley. Just another day in the life... On a lighter note, look what our MS Warriors in Belfast, Ireland, do for themselves.  Looks like a neat idea.                     It isn't always easy to feel worthy of self-indulgence, but it is really impo

Writing an Appeal

I am looking for advice. Some  of you know that my insurance denied any assistance with acquiring the Walk Aide L300; mostly on the basis of a lack of clinical evidence that that the device is not necessary to the diagnosis of MS.  I am now filing an appeal and am looking for suggestions/advice/prior experience in the appeal process.Thus far, my rough draft is equal in volume to a short story. "Cause, y'know, I like to write. If  there are words of wisdom out there (I know there are), please share with me. If you have attempted to leave comments here in the past and failed, that issue is fixed (Thank you, Rebecca), so I implore you to spread your words here Thanks in advance. Have a wonderful weekend, Lisa                                        NOW IN KINDLE FORMAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!                                                                       

Is it possible to live disease free?

The following information is the original content of . ...w hen I was diagnosed with MS 29 years ago, I was told there was no hope for me, and no cure.The experts told me there was nothing I could do to change the course of the disease, and they assured me I would end up in a wheelchair in time. Unfortunately, not much has changed from then to now. Today when people are diagnosed with MS they are usually put on very expensive drugs and still become disabled in time. Most often relapsing remitting MS turns to progressive MS. The MS drugs suppress our immune system and do not address the true cause. Canada has one of the highest rates of multiple sclerosis in the world, with an estimated 1 in every 385 Canadians living with the disease . MS and chronic disease in general is caused by a collection of infections – silent chronic infections. These infections differ from person to person, which is why it is so important to work with someone, be it a coach,