Motivational Monday!

Good morning! I hope y’all had an amazing weekend! I find this quote to be very inspiring! Living with a chronic illness that causes so many trials and tribulations, it is nice to read this quote as it gives me strength! I hope y’all find it as encouraging as I do!

be-thankful-to-your-bad-days_516I hope you have a fantastic Monday! Sending y’all lots of love and comfort always!

Love 2

Always, Alyssa

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Happy Start to the Weekend!

Have a nice FridayGood morning and Happy Friday to y’all!! I hope your week has been great and you are looking forward to a weekend filled with all the things that bring you so much joy😊. So many of us devote so much of our precious time to our jobs, which really invades our time to enjoy life! I know some people really love their jobs❤, but there are many others that just go to work every day for a means to survive and care for families. I congratulate those individuals that are honored enough to love going to their jobs for 40 hours a week or more and do not view their job like so many other do, which is as a burden and a nuisance. But regardless if you love, like, tolerate or hate your job, we all can appreciate the weekend and I hope you have a fabulous weekend!

The great things about the weekends are you do not have to worry about being somewhere on time or going to bed early enough to ensure a good night’s sleep. But honestly one of the best things about the weekend is that obnoxious and intrusive alarm clock⏰ will not make loud noises early in the morning! I have such an incredible distaste for alarm clocks, I somehow typically mange to wake before the alarm goes off, so I get to avoid that troubling sound! But it gets even worse than that! If I must heat food in the microwave, I will never allow for the beeping to go off, it sounds way too much like an alarm clock and is just irritating! Are there any noises that makes your skin crawl and drives you completely mad?

sunI hope wherever you live, you will enjoy nice weather this weekend! The sun has been playing hide and seek lately, but according to the weather channel where I live is finally anticipating some natural vitamin d this weekend and I am absolutely thrilled! I hope you have a marvelous day and a very lovely weekend! As always, I am sending y’all lots of love and comfort everyday! 

Love 2

Always, Alyssa

No one said it was easy

living with chronic illnessGood morning Y’all and happy Friday Eve!! Just one last day until the much desired weekend is here! I hope y’all have a wonderful day!

I do not think anyone that lives with a chronic illness has ever said, “This is so easy to deal with.” Living with any type of chronic illness, no matter what it is, takes the willingness to adjust to a life you never dreamt of living and never giving up the fight against the illness itself! It means taking on tasks, that before the diagnosis would have been so simple to handle, but after the diagnosis adds some new challenges you never even knew existed.  It means learning about new medications, that still may seem foreign to you, but you understand them enough to know the benefits to your health. It means relying on doctors to give you accurate and detailed information, but also having the strength and courage to question everything they say to you. It is all about knowing your own body and learning what your “new norms” are and knowing when something is not right! It does not matter how long the doctor went to school for or how many awards he or she has received or even how many of their patients sing their praises, they will never know your body better than you do. They are there for us, as the patient to feed us the knowledge about our illness and the various medications approved to manage said illness, not to tell us what to do because that is not their choice!

weathering-the-storm-alone-can-be-scary-but-in-the-24568066.pngThere are so many things I would have done differently when I was first diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, if I had not been SO shell-shocked by the news! I do not think I was ever fully prepared when I went into my doctor’s appointments; I just went because it was required of me. I was so young when I was diagnosed, so I was not mature or logical enough to think things through first, I just acted solely based on impulse and impulse control when we are young is pretty much non-existent.

I have thought a lot about what advice I would give the young me that would be helpful. I would tell the younger me to always keep a notebook of questions and or concerns for the doctor, so that I did not forget them as I so often did. I would also strongly advise the young me to get all doctors’ notes printed out and keep them with the notebook. It is amazing how many inconsistencies there can potentially be between what the doctor puts in his notes, that we do not see and what was actually said in the office. Unless the blogger-image-1184647580doctor’s notes are specifically requested, they will never volunteer them to you and those notes are your business to protect!

How long have you been living with a chronic illness? Do you remember how you handled it in the beginning and would you have done anything different, if anything? Knowing everything you know now, is there anything you would have changed or did you handle everything well and you do not have any regrets? I think most of us have defensive mechanisms that help us with dealing with tragic events in our lives and that is okay, as long as we handle the issue or issues at hand. Some people deal with the difficult events life throws their way in very negative ways that only causes additional issues. I think some of the most troublesome events from life have a way of teaching us valuable lessons and they are not punishments in the least bit! 

I want to thank you, from the bottom of my heart for visiting my site today. I am looking forward to reading your comments as you know they are always encouraged and I will respond as quickly as I possibly can! As always I am sending y’all LOTS of love and comfort!

Love 2

Always, Alyssa

Happy Wednesday!

Half way thereGood morning Y’all! I hope your week has been going well and I hope you are feeling well! Positive thing is, we are half way through this long week. Between the constant weather changes and rain, the week has been painfully long, but we have almost made it to Friday! 

So, how has your week been? Are y’all feeling well? All the rain we have had over the past few days has been both comforting from the sound, but also caused SO much additional pain through my entire body. It seems like there is no escaping the pain that rain brings, but we really just have no choice and need to keep pushing on! By any chance, does the rain cause any of you more intense pain? 

Are y’all looking forward to Friday as I am? And now that the weekend is approaching us, do you have plans for the weekend? What are some of your favorite things to do in your free time? Do you have a fun hobby you do when work is not an interference?Wednesday

Thank you for visiting my site today and I look forward to reading your comments! I hope you have a wonderful Wednesday and I sincerely hope you are feeling great! As always I am sending y’all lots of love and comfort!

Love 2

Always, Alyssa

Exercise and Parkinson’s Disease

move-it-or-lose-itIt is important for everyone to find some type of exercise regimen they enjoy doing and will stay with it because it does provide many health benefits. An exercise plan that is tolerable for those with Parkinson’s can actually help manage their symptoms. A good exercise plan really should include flexibility (stretching) exercises, aerobic activity, resistance training and strengthening exercises.

resistance-band-exercisesThe types of exercise a person can handle solely depends on the symptoms and challenges that person may experience. For a sedentary individual, simply getting up and moving around can be extremely beneficial. The more active a person is can allow them build up to regular vibrant activities by building up slowly and consistently. Various approaches work well to help maintain and improve mobility, flexibility, balance and ease non-motor Parkinson’s symptoms such as depression or constipation.

Honestly, Parkinson’s can be quite scary as progression of this disease can lead up to many physical challenges.

  • Loss in joint flexibility, which can affect balancestrenghening
  • Decreased muscle strength or deconditioning, which can affect walking and ability to stand up from a sitting position
  • Decline in cardiovascular conditioning, which affect endurance

Just a few helpful tips for those with Parkinson’s disease to get started with an exercise program:

  • Be safe! Safety is always the most important thing. Consult with your neurologist regarding concerns and to get their recommendations on exercises.
  • Work together with your doctor and support system to set certain target exercises. Structural exercises may include aerobic exercises, such a brisk walking and resistance training using weights and or bands.lower-back-strengthening-exercises
  • Purchase a pedometer, which is a step counter. Make a goal of the number of steps you want to take each day. Increase your steps weekly depending on your symptoms. Keeping steps written down on a calendar or a notebook will allow you to see your progression and give you something to be proud of!
  • Exercise indoors and outdoors. It is perfectly fine to change-up your routine to whatever your interests are and what keeps you motivated.
  • Choosing an exercise that is enjoyable is VERY IMPORTANT as it will hold your interest much longer! If you enjoy doing yard work in the spring, summer and fall, that is a wonderful source of activity. Or if you really enjoy riding a bike, you can do this at the local park, in your neighborhood or even have a stationary bike in the comfort of your own home.

Y’all already know that Parkinson’s Disease is something I care very deeply about because my step father has to battle this disease. I want to be able to do as much as I can to help him be able to live a comfortable life for as long as possible. Now, I already know he is not going to be very excited about my information regarding exercising because it is not something he really wants to do, but he does enjoy yard work very much. I know he does yard work because he wants their yard to always look beautiful and probably has no idea how much this will actually help him. If gardening and yard work is the only source of exercise he gets, I think it should always be encouraged!parkinson

I appreciate you visiting my site this morning! Your support and willingness to learn more about Parkinson’s Disease means so much to me. April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month and I wanted to raise as much awareness as I possible could! Y’all know that my post are normally in purple because that is my favorite color, but blue is the color for Parkinson’s, so that is why you see a change in color!  I really hope that someday there will be a cure for all those suffering with this disease. I hope you have a fantastic day! As always I am sending y’all lots of love and comfort!

Love 2

Always, Alyssa

Motivational Monday

Good morning Y’all! I hope you had a fabulous weekend! I enjoyed the 3 Day Quote Challenge so much that I have decided to share one motivating quote once a week. I decided on Monday because I think we all need something to get us moving at the beginning of the week! I certainly hope you enjoy the quotes I have chosen and I hope they motivate you as much as they do me!2-quote-about-no-matter-how-impossible-unattainable-or-unim-image-background-image

I hope you have an amazing start to the new week! As always, I would love to read any comments you have and I will respond as quickly as I can. Sending y’all lots of love and comfort every day!

Love 2

Always, Alyssa

 

Spring is in the air!

Spring-Flowers-Butterflies-2Good evening Y’all! I hope you are having an amazing weekend! I definitely do not want to scare the pretty weather off, but it is looking like spring is finally here! The mornings are a bit chilly, but as the day progresses the temperatures increase as well! Trying to predict what to wear may be frustrating, but these cooler mornings and mild days are so much better than the extreme hot that is expected sooner than later. 

Did you plan to spend your weekend  certain way or were you just be casual and going with the flow? I have found the more I try to plan things for a weekend, the more those things do not actually happen as I wished and I might be left a little disappointed. I have said it before, keeping expectations low will reduce the amount of frustration and disappointment allowed in your life, but I sometimes forget that! It is kind of silly to set ourselves up to any letdown or sorrow. 

empty.jpgThis post may be a little scattered because my thoughts are all over the place, so please forgive me! I have been giving a lot of thought to changing the way my husband and I eat, so we can feel better and be healthier. Do y’all think that Organic Food are a better way to buy foods? I used to buy Organic eggs for my husband’s breakfast, but I have not been making him breakfast in the mornings because of other obstacles. But I am thinking when I do make a nice home cooked meal, maybe buying Organic meats and vegetables would be a better way of cooking? Organic Foods are about 50% more expensive, but if it is healthier it is well worth it. I also am going to try to eliminate cheese from our diets because it causes so much inflammation. Multiple Sclerosis already produces a lot of inflammation, so it would be smart on my part to reduce it as much as I can.

Do y’all certain season that is your favorite? I would say my favorite season is fall because the temperatures are perfect. It is not too cold, like winter can be, it is not too hot like summer always is! My body does not handle any extreme temperatures. If it is too cold, I get tense and then have a lot of pain. On the other hand, if it is too hot I feel so much fatigue and just terrible. I know I sound like Goldilocks right now, but 30 degrees is too cold and 90 degrees is too hot, but 65-70 degrees is just right!

Thank you for visiting my site today and I do look forward to your comments. I promise to respond to all of your comments as quickly as I can! I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend and have the ability to do what makes you happy! As always I am sending y’all lots of love and comfort!

Love 2

Always, Alyssa