Cultivating Emotional Wellness

Cultivate emotional wellness

Emotional health plays such an important role in your wellness journey. The mind and body are connected which means that your emotional wellness can have a direct effect on your physical well-being. Individuals looking from the outside in are unable to see certain MS symptoms that can influence your emotional health. However, depression and anxiety are very real emotional symptoms that often accompany MS. Unfortunately, because others cannot physically see depression and anxiety, these Continue reading

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Craig Sutherland – March 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 – our first month of the 2020-21 MS Art Showcase – we are proud to feature artist Craig Sutherland of San Jose, CA:

Arctic Abbey Road by Craig Sutherland artist with MS

“Arctic Abbey Road”

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10 Tips for Planning an Accessible Vacation

MSAA recently asked Founder and Executive Director for Open Doors Organization, Eric Lipp, for advice on how to research and plan a wheelchair accessible trip. Read below for his 10 tips for planning an accessible vacation.

This is a great question and if you’re thinking about traveling this spring or summer, now is the time to start planning. You can never do enough due diligence! Also, I’ve never heard from a traveler, “I was over prepared!” Don’t be afraid to start at Continue reading

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Multiple Sclerosis and Headaches

In his story “Does Multiple Sclerosis Cause Headaches?” posted on MutiplesSclerosis.net, author Matt Allen explores the correlation between MS and migraines. As someone with MS and also a migraine sufferer, he took notice as more and more attention was paid in the media to the possible correlation.

In his story, he cites a 2017 study that found that headaches are experienced by 78 percent of people newly diagnosed with MS.

This study alone is not enough to make a Continue reading

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The New You

By Doug Ankerman

Here is my car. My loyal steed. Thirteen years old with 145,000 hard-earned miles on the odometer. Showing more than its share of bumps and scrapes. Door dings. And a couple of rust spots. Inside the carpet is worn in places while the driver’s seat has a stain of a long, forgotten fast-food burger.

Acceptance, they call it.“Wait a minute, what does this have to do with MS?” you ask.

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A Life with Multiple Sclerosis Has Taught Me the Importance of Letting Go of Yesterday

Life with multiple sclerosis means letting go.

By Penelope Conway

I have a problem with expecting too much from myself which in turn hurts me more than helps. This year I have made it my purpose to evaluate my life and simplify everything I’m doing as much as I can. Is that even possible? There are things I want to do, things I need to do, and things I need to let go of. Multiple sclerosis has definitely changed my perspective about everything in life.

Some of the top priorities for me are Continue reading

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3 Ingredient Banana Oat Muffins – Recipe of the Month

This recipe is a great breakfast option, snack idea, or an on-the-go treat. This easy, 3 ingredient banana oat muffins recipe is vegan, and made with no flour and no sugar. I make these muffins often and store in the refrigerator to have available when I need a quick pick me up any time of day!

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How to Manage Your Expectations

As humans, we tend to expect a lot of ourselves physically, mentally, and emotionally. You may currently be in the process of creating expectations for yourself or you may have already created them. Just remember that it’s important to manage your expectations in a way that’s going to be beneficial to you. We sometimes put these extremely high expectations on ourselves and then get discouraged or stressed when the expectations haven’t been met by the deadline we created. Continue reading

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The Changes in Me Since My MS Diagnosis: Kinship and Nurturing My Well-Being

By Stacie Prada

Experiencing life events and trauma can change a person. We all experience life milestones and challenges, yet they are so personal and timed differently for each of us that how we react or change is never the same. Losing a loved one or experiencing an illness is different when experienced as a child, a young adult or as an older adult. Our expectations and life skills are different at each point in our life, and what may be life changing for one may be life affirming for another.

As I reflect on how being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and living with symptoms has affected me, it’s difficult for me to Continue reading

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Old and New Me

By Lauren Kovacs

If you are like me, I try. Everyday is new. We have a “new me” daily. Some days we are the broken car in the garage and some days we are a strong engine.

On days your engine won’t turn over, don’t beat yourself up. We all have bad days. Some have really bad days. Try to hold on to something. Chocolate is meaty, but it makes things better.

I have had days that Continue reading

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