Stay Hopeful and Keep Moving While Living with RMS By Kimberly, Texas Gal, Born and Raised • January 25, 2017
As I was saying in my previous post, sharing my relapsing MS story is important to me. When I was diagnosed, my options were limited. So to be able to walk into a room and hug someone who has relapsing MS and to sit in fellowship with them, bringing positive energy, is just awesome! I learned long ago that attitude is everything. So I try really hard to always have a positive attitude. I will admit that some days are harder than others, since relapsing MS is rough and everyone has different experiences. However, when we gather together to talk about the variety of treatment options, you can sense the hope in the room. More importantly, for me I finally feel that I am not alone, and I am not the only one who has fears about the future. I love how at the end of the presentations I speak at, you can feel the energy and sense the hope. Sometimes it is just a sliver, but it is there.
And as my grandma used to say, “All you need is a spark to light the flame.” So I will take it, and move forward.
Keeping it moving can be helpful. Speaking of moving forward, I love to exercise. For me, it has been key to helping manage my RMS and keeping a positive outlook. I have this one go-to place where I exercise. It’s reasonably priced, it has a great child watch for my kids, and it offers multiple programs and fitness classes. It also has this exercise-swimming program for the older crowd. But don’t laugh, cause it’s harder than you think! Mmm-hmmm, putting on that flotation device and heading into the deep end, while doing various movements to good old-fashioned music and jogging in a circle is not as easy as you would think! Stop laughing. It’s hard. Trust me. But water aerobics is also easy on your joints, and if you are having a relapse, the buoyancy of the water makes it easier for you to move. See? Gotta keep the positivity. Plus, an added bonus, the class instructors are so encouraging, and the advice you receive from others in the class is priceless. While we are at it, their Body Pump class is a bit of a challenge as well. You have not lived until Miss Pearlene gives you a side eye for the lack of weight on your bar, especially since she is squatting double what you have on your bar.
Running and Pilates are another way that I manage my RMS. Stress is something that is not good for anyone, but it is especially hard for those of us who have relapsing MS. So I run to clear my head. I can head out, focus on the road, and let my mind just slip away. And while running clears my head, Pilates helps me strengthen my core. When I leave Pilates, I’m always amazed at exactly how far my body can be pushed.
And I’m really excited to keep that positive energy alive—both mentally and physically. I’m overjoyed with all of the fun possibilities life has to offer my family and me. I intend to embrace every moment and enjoy each and every one. I encourage you to do the same! Be well, my friends.
- LIVING WITH RELAPSING MS
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