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LEMTRADA is a prescription medicine used to treat adults with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS). Because of its risks, LEMTRADA is generally used in people who have tried 2 or more MS medicines that have not worked well enough. It is not known if LEMTRADA is safe and effective for use in children under 17 years of age.

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Keeping It Positive LEMTRADA patient blogger: Kimberly By Kimberly, Texas Gal, Born and Raised • March 29, 2017

Lemtrada® Patient: Kimberly exercising

As you can see from my previous posts, throughout my entire journey with relapsing MS, keeping it positive has kind of been my theme, even though some days are better than others. I find that when being positive seems challenging, taking a nice deep breath, stepping outside, and taking a quick walk does wonders for the soul. When I return from my short walk, I grab a mug of hot tea, turn on a soothing radio station, and sit outside on the porch swing. Usually, my dog hops up and joins me, which is her gentle reminder that I was supposed to take her on the short walk with me. So, after I finish my tea, I go back inside, grab her leash, and we both take off for a 3-mile jog.

It’s a win-win for everyone, because exercise is very important to me. You should always talk to your healthcare provider before starting a new exercise routine, because they can help you figure out which exercises work best for you. Personally, I started running and lifting weights after I was diagnosed with relapsing MS 21 years ago, and I can honestly say exercise has kept me sane.

Once I started treatment, my personal exercise plan was to walk. I walked before, after, and during treatment (not while I was being infused of course). I started off simple and gradually started exercising more and more, until I was closer to my pre-LEMTRADA running schedule. And I don’t exercise to lose weight. I exercise because I never want to take for granted that I can move. So I do.

But you don’t have to walk or run to feel the positivity. There are little things you can do for yourself—whatever makes you feel comfortable and helps lift your spirits. For me, being active lifts my spirits. No matter what you choose to do, always remember not to push yourself too hard, and to listen to your body when you’re doing physical activities.

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