Fitness and Invisible Illness

So, if you don't know that this is National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness week then you have been hiding under a rock (or not reading my blog on a regular basis).  Each day this week (that I have posted) I have been talking about living with chronic illness.  Today, I wanted to talk about fitness and chronic illness- how they work together and how they don't. Most of my loyal readers know that I applied to be the first Mamavation mom.  I didn't win the contest but I did gain the motivation I needed (or kick in the butt as it may be) that I needed to start on my personal weight loss journey.  I have lost 10 lbs. since I made that video in late July!  I am down two pants sizes and my endurance has really increased. Where I am having trouble is this: stagnation.  For the last week … [Read more...]

Invisible Illness Linky Love

I am enjoying this week of awareness for chronic and invisible illnesses.  I am coming across so many awesome bloggers and fellow chronic illness livers (I hate the word sufferer, FYI) that I have added to my blogroll (and some of which I have invited to be on my MomTV show, hmm, mmm.)  So, I shared some of these fabulous peeps on The Invisibles today and some I have mentioned on Twitter.  But, I wanted a spot where all the info was in once place so here you go ;-) Melanie Melanie blogs about her journey and participated in the 30 Things meme as well and I particularly connected with her answer to question #4.  The biggest adjustment is: "adjusting to a very different brain- I can't think, learn or remember like I used to". Couldn't have said it better myself, Melanie. Miss Diagnosis … [Read more...]

You may not know..

30 Things About My Invisible Illness You May Not Know 1. The illness I live with is:  multiple sclerosis 2. I was diagnosed with it in the year: January 2008, on my 29th birthday as a matter of fact 3. But I had symptoms since: 2003 4. The biggest adjustment I’ve had to make is:  not working full-time 5. Most people assume: that I feel better than I do 6. The hardest part about mornings are: waking up to see how I feel and if my day will be able to go as planned 7. My favorite medical TV show is: Grey's Anatomy and I loved ER back in the George Clooney days 8. A gadget I couldn’t live without is: my laptop, my connection to the outside world 9. The hardest part about nights are: having energy to spend time with my kids and hubby 10. Each day I take _6_ pills & vitamins. (No comments, … [Read more...]

What Invisible Illness Looks Like…for me

This week is National Invisible Illness Awareness Week.  Today, I am joining hundreds of other bloggers in raising awareness of the millions of people living with chronic illness, 96% of which have "invisible" symptoms. Rather than try to speak for anyone else, I will simply share what living with an invisible illness looks like for me.  And, I encourage you to visit the headquarters for this week to read about others' experiences. The invisible illness that I live with is multiple sclerosis.  I could try to explain it in technical terms but my favorite explanation comes from Montel Williams, another man living with this disease.  I borrow his explanation often when educating people that don't know much about MS. Montel compares the nerves in our body to electrical cords.  If you look … [Read more...]

Walking for a cure

So, what can you do to help further awareness and bring us closer to a cure for multiple sclerosis? There are lots of ways you can help:1. Pray- I know of many people living with MS that need prayer due to the financial and physical difficulties one faces when living with a chronic illness.2. Spread the word- share this post and my other posts from the week with your friends and family. Tweet, talk about MS research on Facebook. 3. Donate- I have a team for WALK MS this year (as I did last year). Last year my team raised $1800. This year our goal is $2000. Any amount from $5- $25 helps us get closer to a cure! Here is the link to my team page if you can donate to the cause- Lissa's Crew. All monetary donations are 100% tax deductible!4. Join us- find a walk or bike for MS event … [Read more...]

My Journey with MS

This is the abridged bloggy version of my journey with multiple sclerosis. If I have left anything out that you would like answered, please feel free to ask questions in the comments section and I will be glad to answer them.In 2003 I began noticing some weird sensations in my body. My left foot felt "asleep" most of the time. It was annoying but I ignored it. I started seeing spots in my field of vision. Then the left side of my face went numb- like got a shot from the dentist numb- and stayed that way for six weeks. That did freak me (and my hubby) out a bit so I went to the doctor who referred me to a neurologist. The neurologist did some nerve testing in my face and extremities (not the funnest tests to go through but not unbearable). He then ordered an MRI of my brain.The … [Read more...]

What is MS?

It is Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week! As someone living with MS it is extremely important to me to spread the word and increase awareness. So, for those of you not familiar I will start with a post briefly explaining what MS is. Tomorrow, I will talk about how MS affects me personally. Then, Thursday and Friday, I will share what you can do to help those affected by this unpredictable and insidious disease.The following facts are courtesy of the National MS Society. What is MS?Multiple Sclerosis interrupts the flow of information from the brain to the body and stops people from moving. Every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with MS, an unpredictable often disabling disease of the central nervous system. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness … [Read more...]

Thankful Thursday- Looking Back

Please visit Grace Alone for more Thankful Thursday posts.Happy, Happy New Year! Today's theme for Thankful Thursday is "Looking Back". I believe this is a crucial step to take at the end of a year (or any other transition for that matter). Evaluating, culling through what worked and what didn't, asking God to bring to your mind any lessons that you may have already forgotten- there are many benefits to looking back. And, then you can be done. After looking back and gleaning the wisdom from the past year that God has brought to your life, we can move ahead into 2009. Phillipians 3:12-14 says it well: Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider … [Read more...]

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