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Getting Back in the Saddle

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I fell in love with horses as soon as I could sit on one at the age of three. Our next-door neighbor had been diagnosed with ALS, and while he was still able to sit up in a wheelchair, he was taking riding lessons at a therapeutic horsemanship program. It was through these neighbors that I found out that this very special riding program needed volunteers, which of course I was more than ready and willing to start doing. At the age of eighteen after years of volunteering, I was approached by the facility to become a certified instructor. I was honored, but very hesitant, but I accepted and began training for the certification program. Teaching came to me naturally, and I loved it!...

One Step at a Time

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When I got diagnosed with MS at the age of 17, I was overcome with so many questions and emotions. I found myself at a fork in the road: I could either let the diagnosis stop me in my tracks and control my life, or I could take it head on with determination, faith and courage, and not let it stop me from living the life I desired. ​ MS can often feel like a daunting obstacle we face daily, but at the end of the day we will conquer it… one moment, one day at a time...

The Balancing Act

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It’s really tricky to find a perfect balance between inspiring and educating others about MS, and feeling that it defines me. One of my favorite things in this whole world is being that beacon of light for those who are still searching—searching for answers; searching for support; searching for some ray of positive hope. I thrive on being that ray of hope to those who are newly diagnosed or veterans of the disease because there is never too much positive energy. There are times, however, where it becomes truly exhausting to be known as “that girl with MS” or have people only ever talk to me about my disease and nothing more...

Did I Ever Tell You About Lucy?

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I think it’s time I tell you about the secret that helps keeps me going.   She’s my one constant that I can count on. Just seeing her can change my whole day from bad to good, in an instant...

Redefining MS

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After 25 years with multiple sclerosis, I have re-defined MS as Moronic Situation, Modified Swagger, Magnificent Strength and Motivational Spitfire.   I got these various new perspectives on MS, but it didn’t happen overnight...

My Grade School Science Project

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I’m in fifth grade.   I have a Dorothy Hamill haircut. I’m wearing a brown corduroy skirt and a white turtleneck sweater with red and blue stripes. My left arm is resting across my stomach while my right hand holds the index card from which I’m reading...

Having a Bizarre Time With MS

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"Seinfeld" has an episode called “Bizarro Jerry.” For those unfamiliar with the show, the character Elaine meets three new friends, similar in physical appearance to her closest friends–Jerry, Kramer and George. These doppelgangers look like her best friends but they act completely different.  It is as if she has entered a parallel universe, somehow connected, yet completely opposite...

I Am a Runner

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Running is something I’ve always wanted to do. Growing up, I was chubby during my leanest years and obese the rest of the time. Running the mile in gym class was torture. I remember giving it my all and only making it about half way around the track before having to walk. I longed to know what that felt like–to run and not feel like I was going to vomit and pass out. In September of 2015, I experienced some vertigo and vision issues that ultimately led to a diagnosis of MS. Along with establishing a treatment plan, I researched how the foods I was eating could reduce or increase chronic inflammation in my body and decided to give up grains, dairy and sugar. 180 pounds melted off my body in less than 18 months...

That Was Then, This is Now

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I first heard the words, “You have multiple sclerosis,” in 1986. I had no idea what that was or how I got it. How could this happen to me at the age of 28? I had my whole life in front of me. What would become of me? How will my life change? Will my boyfriend still love me? Will I die from it?   I had so many questions, and there were not many answers...

Bachelorette Time!

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Weekends away with the girls is an experience like no other. Especially when one of your friends is getting married!   The girls are invited, everything has been planned you've FINALLY got everything sorted and paid up—it's time to start counting down the days to the bachelorette party!...  

Aging With Grace

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There’s a certain freedom to turning 40 and realizing that, even now, I am a work in progress.   Sure, I wanted to be able to write one of those inspiring posts—you know, the ones that say look at me, I just turned 40 and I ran a marathon, or climbed a mountain, or bungee jumped off a cliff...