Leslie Pino Durant – June 2020 Artist of the Month

Each year, we feature the work of artists affected by multiple sclerosis in our annual MSAA Art Showcase, including highlighting one artist each month as our Artist of the Month. This month, we are proud to feature artist Leslie Pino Durant of Jemez Springs, NM:

Leslie Pino Durant June Artist of the Month

“Jemez Springs”

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Advice from the Community: Awaiting an MS Diagnosis

Waiting is the hardest part. For anyone who thinks they may have MS and is undergoing testing, awaiting results can be scary and downright hard to deal with.

To learn more about how to cope during this challenging time, we reached out on the MultipleSclerosis.net Facebook page and asked: “What advice would you give to someone who is going through the testing and diagnostic process but has yet to receive a confirmed diagnosis?”

Almost 90 members of the multiple sclerosis community shared their hope and experience. Here is what they said. Continue reading

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I Don’t Have Problems Keeping Busy, I Have Problems Staying Focused

Staying Focused

By Penelope Conway

I don’t seem to have problems keeping busy. There is always something that needs to get done around the house. It’s trying to find the energy to get things done that seems to hinder me. Having physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy appointments each week at home has this way of Continue reading

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Breakfast Quiche Recipe

Breakfast quiche is a delicious meal that is ideal for serving at any time of day. Breakfast sausage, lots of cheddar cheese smothered with seasoned eggs and milk combined into a classic combination of flavors that always turns out perfectly. The preparation is easy and well worth the small amount of effort it takes to make. Serve it for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!

 Ingredients

  • 1 9-inch unbaked deep-dish frozen pie crust
  • 8 oz mild or spicy breakfast sausage
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup milk
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Place pie shell on cookie sheet. Set aside.
  2. In a non-stick skillet over medium high heat, cook the sausage until no pink
  3. Spread 1/2 sausage mixture in pie shell and add 1 cup of cheese. Spread remaining sausage over cheese.
  4. In a mixing bowl whisk together milk, eggs, pepper, and garlic salt.
  5. Pour evenly over sausage. Sprinkle remaining 1 cup of cheese.
  6. Place into oven and bake for 45-50 minutes or until the center is set when gently shaken.
  7. Let set on stove for about 15 minutes when you remove from oven.

Enjoy!

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10 DOs and DON’Ts of Keeping Busy

By Doug Ankerman

If you are a homebody like me, the current stay at home directives are no big deal. Keep busy on the other hand can at times be as challenging as finding a pen that works when needing to take a message. That’s why I offer you these “10 DOs and DON’Ts of Keeping Busy.” Continue reading

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Busy as a Bee

By Scott Cremeans

We need to use every possible way to shield ourselves from the detrimental impacts of boredom. Here are some key ways to armor ourselves from the aggressive onslaught from the apathy of life. It is difficult not to be tempted by the siren song of the couch and the hypnotic flicker of the TV. The following tips may seem foolish and utterly superfluous but could help you find ways to keep busy and even boost your overall wellness.

When considering things to do to avoid Continue reading

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Ways to Keep Busy at Home

Being forced to stay home and practice social distancing has been an interesting experience, to say the least. It is going to be 3 months that we have been staying at home, and I can tell you that now I have found about a million things in my house that need to be fixed, repaired, or just plain updated. Yes, I am being overly dramatic, but you get the point. This stay-at-home period has definitely inspired me to take on some lofty DIY (Do-It-Yourself) projects since we have limited options right now as to what we can do and where we can go. Aside from home projects, here are some ideas Continue reading

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Finding Calm

By Lauren Kovacs

Minus some bad ideas, let’s cope with being stuck. Exploring new things can eat up time, no calories. I know the fridge and I are now best  friends.

Try to find ways to keep busy. Read, put yourself in a “show hole” by watching something or do some yoga.

I take my scooter out and one of my sons walks with me around our neighborhood. Fresh air and Vitamin D does a body good. Soon it will be hot enough Continue reading

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Living the Best I Can in a Changed World

By Stacie Prada

My goal is to not just make it through this pandemic, but to enjoy this time. I don’t want to wait for things beyond my control to change to be able to be happy, have fun, and be fulfilled.

If I wait for someday, I’ll miss now, and now may last a while. It’s unsettling to live with uncertainty and be required to change my normal routines. A lot of my routines have evolved over a long period of time to help keep me living as well as I do with multiple sclerosis. Uncertainty is a Continue reading

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Baking Up a New Life

By Alene Brennan

Being in quarantine for several weeks now has been an experience that encompasses ALL the emotions.

I’m relieved of commitments that I know were keeping me too busy.

I’m excited that I have so much time together now with my husband – we’re newlyweds!

I’m heartbroken over Continue reading

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