The Endless Possibilities

The beginning of the New Year brings endless, powerful emotions. Emotions that make you want to become your best self and conquer all of the things that have tried to stop you in the past.

2018 does not just come with new goals for my nutrition, fitness, life experiences, or career; I am going to make 2018 my year where I finally feel more in control of my MS. I know, this is an incredibly bold statement to make, as relapsing remitting MS is an extremely unpredictable disease. But through close monitoring, adhering to my medication and constantly striving to become my healthiest self, I will become stronger than MS!

This is an ideal I aspire to spread to everyone, not only in the MS community, but everywhere! Whether you have MS, Diabetes or a clean bill of health, I want you to realize that nothing will stop you as long as you don’t let it! This year, I’ve set some real goals for myself:
  • I’m going to not only move out of my parents’ house, but I am moving out of the state!
  • I strive to become an inspiration to others out there through maintaining my health and positive attitude–I cannot stress enough how believing in yourself can make an enormous difference!
  • This past October of 2017, I had the pleasure of exploring New Zealand to celebrate my brother’s wedding; this year, in 2018, I want to continue my travels and see what else is out there.
These are all major goals that not only require time and patience, but most importantly, energy and stability in my health.

I will never let MS stop me from living my best life. I will never say “I can’t do that because I’m sick.” There are days and moments where I need to take it easy—no one is “on” all the time! When you feel you need a minute, take it with no remorse. Listen to your body and only do as much as you feel you can.

Give yourself some credit. You’ve come this far, why stop now?

I feel very deeply that 2018 is going to be a wonderful year all around. I’m not going to let MS stop me, so why should it stop you? Show your MS who’ boss by doing amazing things and achieving your goals!

Personally, my #1 goal is to fill each and every day with tons of laughter. There is much to be grateful for in this life, so cherish every second; one day, we will live in a world that is free of MS!
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Catherine Weston

Catherine is a professional in the medical marketing industry from Long Island, NY. She aspires to show the world that MS doesn't hold her back. She was diagnosed in 2014 and has been striving to help others overcome their fears and limitations since (she also loves sheep!). Keep up with Catherine and her adventures in wellness through her blog!

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  • David G Maskalick   Jan 19, 2018 12:33 PM
    Dear Catherine,
    With your truly inspirational attitude I'd wager you will reach all your goals!
    Dave
  • theresa   Jan 19, 2018 2:45 PM
    Catherine,
    What an awesome post! My question is, how do you maintain positivity/keep your eye on the prize on your off days? It's so easy to become bogged down, what do you do to bring yourself back up?

    Best of luck!
    Theresa
  • SmartyPants   Jan 19, 2018 10:18 PM
    Right on, you go girl! Not letting MS define you, fight it, with every breath you take. And keep dreaming, setting goals and then the most important take action. I am proud of you, your spirit, I wish you well on your next journey. You inspire all of us.
  • Donna   Jan 20, 2018 12:50 PM
    You are a true inspiration to us all!!!
  • Kaylle M.   Jan 22, 2018 7:01 PM
    Catherine,
    At this very moment, as I sit at my work console, I needed to read this encouragement. I am greater than MS and I can not allow it stop me from living my life. Thank you Catherine for this wonderful reminder.
  • crweston94  Jan 25, 2018 10:30 AM
    Again, I wish I could respond to each of you individually!
    Theresa - While I unfortunately experience some pretty off days, I am constantly reminded of how fortunate I truly am because of my amazing support system. Being surrounded by friends and family who love me and are understanding is a HUGE part of remaining positive! When I feel down, I try to participate in relaxing activities such as yoga, hitting the gym, or enjoying a cup of tea and writing down my feelings to get back on track. :)

    Kaylle: That's the spirit! Things can get tough but just remember that you are AWESOME and are fighting a silent battle every single day - you understand the complexity of this to its fullest, and for that you should always be immensely proud of yourself.
  • Amelia   Jan 25, 2018 8:06 PM
    Thanks for sharing and I don’t think your statement was bold as I fully agree. I strive to overcome this disease and believe that I can, despite what the western medicine dictates is possible. I believe I can heal my body. I have reached an amazing point of remission for a long period of time and I am grateful that I am not letting MS define me.
  • Cynthia Trocchio   Jan 25, 2018 8:22 PM
    Thank you for sharing. Truly inspirational 🙏
  • Carrie M Norris   Jan 25, 2018 8:43 PM
    My goal is to hike the Appalachian trail. Dx with PPMS in 2003
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    bernicestockstill  Jan 26, 2018 7:18 AM
    wow, incredible)