Liebster Award!

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I would like to sincerely thank Kranti for nominating me for this amazing award! I feel so honored to be nominated by a fellow blogger that is as phenomenal as she is! I absolutely LOVE❤ being able to follow her blog as she is so incredibly positive and inspiring! She always puts out great articles with so much emotion❤ and they never fail to make me smile! Anyone that is reading this and has not yet had the chance to view Kranti’s site, please check her out as you will never be disappointed with her posts, https://sparkklingthoughts.wordpress.com/. Thank you again Kranti❤, I really appreciate you nominating me for this award and also thank you for putting out so many fantastic and fabulous posts!

This version of the Liebster Award comes with six rules. They are:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you❤.
  2. Share 11 facts about yourself🌸.
  3. Answer the 11 questions the blogger gave you🌻.
  4. Nominate 11 bloggers who deserve the award🌹.
  5. Create 11 original questions for the nominees to answer🏵.
  6. Let them know they’ve been nominated🌟.

11 Possibly Fun Facts about me Are:

  1. I have been with my ❤wonderful husband almost 14 years and married 7 of those years!
  2. I technically grew up most of my young life in the north, but I am definitely a southern and beach girl at heart!
  3. I really want to travel the world someday. There are so many beautiful places that I would love to visit first hand instead of dreaming about them🏝.
  4. I have two of the best cats in the entire world!
  5. I have always been a very emotional and sensitive 💞person, almost to a fault!
  6. Positive people give me hope ❤and encouragement, whereas all the negative in the world is extremely draining😿!
  7. I believe that having hope is a magical and wonderful thing in life and so important to hold onto!
  8. The only place out of the US I have been able to travel to was🌴 Jamaica on my honeymoon!
  9. I always wanted to be able to swim with the dolphins as I find them to be so incredible and I was finally able to do this on my honeymoon!!download (1)
  10. I have am completely and totally obsessed with butterflies! I think butterflies have a certain magic to them and I just LOVE them!
  11. I love to read a good book 📚and also to write as much as possible!

Answers to Kranti’s Fantastic questions

  1. One dream you are chasing to fulfill?

My biggest dream in life that I will always be chasing is to write a book someday!!!

  1. Beach or Mountain?

I absolutely LOVE the beach

  1. What is the inspiration behind your blogging?

My inspiration behind blogging is that I really want to help others overcome any issues they may be facing with living with a Chronic Illness. Living life with a chronic illness is NOT easy and it helps to have others around you that truly understand! It is great to be able to reach out to another person that can relate and even offer advice on what we are dealing with at any moment. I know that 18 years ago when the doctor told me that I had Multiple Sclerosis, I was so young and completely shell-shocked. I wish there was blogs back then that I actually knew about because it would have been SO helpful to help me process the diagnosis. I want to be able to be that person others can rely on in dealing with issues like this.

  1. What is your biggest fear?

If I am being totally honest, I would say my biggest fear is the unknown of MS. It is not really knowing if I am going to lose the ability to do all the things I can do now and possibly be confined to a wheelchair. I am so stubborn and like to do everything for myself and my family, so losing the ability to walk would scare the hell out of me!

  1. One thing you admire in yourself?

I think what I actually admire most about myself is my determination. This can be a good thing and a bad thing, but I do admire my determination to never give up on my life!

  1. One thing you wish you can change in yourself regarding your behavior?

The thing I really wish I could change about myself is my inability to stop stressing and worrying about everyone and everything in life. I know it is not healthy, but after 36 years of it I can not seem to stop that quality about myself!

  1. What would you love to watch night sky or waves in the ocean?

This is a fantastic question! I would love to watch the ocean waves over the night sky! It is a beautiful image and site to see!

  1. Which Kind of movie would you prefer to watch horror, romantic or action?

Funny question with a funny answer! Considering I am a girly girl to the tee, I would actually prefer an action movie! Romantic movies tend to make me cry and horror movies honestly make me laugh because they are too much the same!

  1. Anything which makes you happy when you are sad and nervous?

My cats playing with each other always can make me smile. Those two babies have such an amusing love hate relationship!

  1. Your favorite month and color?

My favorite month is October because most of the time it is just the right temperature! My favorite color is purple, which is probably obvious to anyone that reads my posts!!

  1. What would you prefer street food or fine dining?

I am a pretty low-key kind of girl, so I would say street food is what I would prefer. Fine dining is a little too uptight for me!

❤My 11 Fabulous Nominees Are❤:

First let me say, I do not want you to feel any kind of obligation to participate with this award. I know we are all very busy and the last thing I want to do is add any extra stress to your life. I have nominated you simply because I think y’all are outstanding people who I felt strongly deserved recognition for how amazing each of you are! If you choose to participate, I look forward to reading your answers, but if you opt to not participate, I completely understand!!! Just please know, no matter how you choose to move forward, y’all are out of this world amazing!!!!

https://thepagesofpaige.com/ Paige

http://bethybrightanddark.com/ Bethy

https://itsalifestylethingblog.wordpress.com/  DMC

https://painwarriorcode.wordpress.com/ Tasha

https://painpalsblog.wordpress.com/ Claire

https://lookingforthelight.blog/ Melinda

https://relationshiprhythms.com/ Amy

https://miraculoussmile.wordpress.com/ Christy

https://welcomelionheart.wordpress.com/  Krysta

http://invisiblyme.com/ Caz

https://msmommy.blog/ 

My Questions for my amazing Nominees are:

  1. Do you prefer cats or dogs?
  2. What is your favorite color?
  3. What is the most amazing place you have been able to visit?
  4. If you could go anywhere in the entire world, where would you go?
  5. What has been the best day of your life?
  6. Even though I already think you are amazing, if you could change one thing about yourself, what would that be?
  7. Who is your biggest inspiration in life?
  8. We all have bad days in life, how do you make it through those days?
  9. What is your biggest pet peeve?
  10. What type of book do you prefer to read and who is your favorite author, if you have one?
  11. What was your absolute favorite movie that you can never get enough of?

Thank y’all for visiting my site today! I appreciate all of your support and encouragement more than I can even begin to describe! I have met so many astonishing bloggers along my journey and I am so honored that I have had the opportunity to get to know each of you! Of course I always love to read your comments and you already know that I respond to each one as quickly as I possibly can! I hope you had an amazing Friday Eve and are as ready as I am for the long holiday weekend! If only we could have long weekends more often! I wish y’all a nice and relaxing evening. I am always sending y’all LOTS of love💞 and comfort!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

 

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Disability or NOT?

Disability-bannerThere are many people out there that qualify and truly need to be put on disability and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. When someone makes the decision that they are not able to work any longer and their doctor agrees with them, then you just know it is the right time for taking that route in life. Do some people actually take advantage of this? Absolutely and that is just really sad and an insult to those that do need disability! No one can really be pushed or forced to file for disability as it is a very involved process and does require a lot!

Disability does not have to be permanent, but you must be totally disabled as is defined by the Social Security Administration. The Social Security Administration (SSR) actually anticipates that the condition can improve at any point in time! Aren’t they thoughtful and optimistic? Therefore this requires those that were awarded benefits to participate in a process called Continuing Disability Review (CDR). The reason for CDR is to determine if there have been any improvements in the claimant’s medical or financial circumstances. All approved claims are subject to “diary review dates” after one, three and seven years. Now this does depend on the condition the disability was awarded for and the probability for improvement. All that is required to avoid interruption in disabilitydisability benefits is medical documentation that the claimant still suffers from the impairment the disability was originally awarded for and that there have not been any improvements.

The SSR tries to make this process a little easier for those filing, so their list of impairments are broken down by bodily systems or functions:

  • Musculoskeletal Problems:
    • Back conditions and other dysfunctions of the joints and bones
  • Senses and Speech Issues:
    • Vision and hearing loss
  • Cardiovascular Conditions:
    • Chronic Heart Failure
    • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Digestive Trace Problems:
    • Liver Disease
    • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBS)
  • Neurological Disorders:
    • Multiple Sclerosis
    • Cerebral Palsy
    • Parkinson’s Disease
    • Epilepsy
  • Blood Disorders:
    • Sickle Cell Disease
    • Hemophilia
  • Mental Disorders:
    • Depression
    • Anxiety
    • Schizophrenia
    • Autism
    • Intellectual Disability

The medical evidence that needs to be shown must be recent and encompass the time period when the disability started to present is:

  • Physical Examination
  • Treatment notes or reports
  • MRI (depending on illness)
  • CAT Scan (depending on illness)
  • X-ray (depending on illness)
  • Mental Health Notes
  • Blood work notes

 

If I am being realistic and logical, I know that living with a chronic illness disability may be involved in my life at some point. I mean heck, I know the Multiple Sclerosis is not Montelgoing to magically disappear😿, but I do not have to own this until it is absolutely necessary, which is not right now❤!! I believe if I continue living my life in the best way possible, control my stress (which we all know I am really bad at), and take the medication that is best for my body chemistry, I am doing all I am able to control the progression of this illness💞! I am only 36 years old and have been living with this illness for almost 18 years, besides the constant pain I deal with; I think I am doing rather well! As you can probably tell it really bothers😿 me when people make the suggestion I go on disability. It has happened way too many times just because people know what I live with, but they really do not know how it affects me. I do my very best to hide my feelings of pain, however people make assumptions! I do not disagree with anyone that is on disability, but I am so darn stubborn and even if my body might be ready, I am not emotionally😿 ready to take that step.

I really want to thank y’all for reading my rant today❤! This was suggested to me today and as you can tell it did not sit well with me😿! I am not going to say that I will not ever file for disability, but at this point in my life I am not ready as I feel I am still able to disability_is_not_inabilitywork, even if I am not working full-time right now. My working pretty much part-time hours is just the right now, in a few more weeks or months even I might be fully capable of doing those long full-time hours again. 

I hope y’all had a good day! Thank goodness we are half way through the week and the weekend is coming!! Of course I appreciate and even encourage your comments as I promise to respond as quickly as I can! I hope y’all have a wonderful and relaxing evening. As always I am sending y’all LOTS of❤ love and comfort!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

When bad days seem to outweigh the good days

bad days and good daysWe all have our good days when we feel border line normal, which is absolutely fantastic and treasured! Then we also have those bad days when we feel anything but normal and maybe even disconsolate. So what do you do when it seems as though the bad days are taking over those precious good days? I guess there is no use crying over spilled milk and we just continue our journey of life the best was can.

Y’all already know that I am typically a very optimistic and positive person, but then you also know how much pain can influence our attitudes. Pain and muscle spasms have funny-pain.jpgbeen making me absolutely and totally miserable, but I was still attempting to fight through how I was feeling because I do not want to allow my illness to win our war. Last night was the tip of the ice burg for me. Between my back hurting fiercely and from my knees to my tip toes achy and burning viciously, I could not get comfortable AT ALL. All I was trying to do was go to sleep so I could go into work today, but it was absolutely impossible! The combination of bad painfrustration, pain and being over tired I lashed out and was being very difficult towards my poor❤ husband, who was only trying to help me. Finally at about 2 am, even after my hateful attitude my sweet 💕husband helped surround my feet with ice packs to ease the horrible burning sensation I was experiencing. Given my miserable night, I ended up missing work today to try to rest and with the help of my husband hopefully start to feel a little more “normal” or as normal as I can be!

I am hopeful that tomorrow will be a better day and I will not be suffering in this much pain! I obviously do not like hurting, but I really hate when my attitude changes and I am just mean or at least I think I am mean. I am truly thankful for how understanding, supportive and ❤loving my husband is. We understand each other as we both live our lives with pain. I promise I am normally a lot more kind and helpful towards him, but last night was just a horrible night and thankfully he has forgiven my terrible attitude! Normally I do not do more than one post a day, but with being at home in excruciating pain it is helpful to let out those feelings knowing that y’all understand fully!

I appreciate you visiting my site today and really look forward to reading your amazing comments. I hope y’all had a great day today and I hope you are feeling well. As always, I am sending y’all LOTS of love and comfort!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

How does humidity affect Multiple Sclerosis?

Have a wonderful dayGood morning Y’all! We thankfully made it through another Monday and now we are on to having a happy Tuesday! I hope your week is going well so far and you are feeling as good as you possibly can!

As y’all can probably tell, I live in the south and down here I swear we only have two maybe two and a half season, all of which are pretty warm! Now that it is “spring”, but really the weather feels more like ☀summer, it is always either HOT ☀or HOT and RAINY🌧! I know all the doctors say that heat is the worst thing for those with MS, but honestly I use a heating pad for the majority of the day and do perfectly fine for the most part when I get to go to my happiest place the beach🏖! I feel strongly that the brutal humidity is WAY worse for me than any hot temperatures I have experienced! Not only does the nasty humid air cause my hair to do wild things, it trump-bad-hair-day-e1436799992357also makes me feel absolutely terrible including SO much additional fatigue! This picture is how I feel like my hair looks on the humid days! Pretty tragic, isn’t it??! I am sorry to bring him into this, but it seemed to fit perfectly when talking about hair doing crazy things!

Many people with Multiple Sclerosis do experience a worsening of their symptoms when the weather is either hot or humid. The elevated ms and humiditytemperatures impairs the ability of the demyelinated nerves to conduct electrical impulses. The good thing is though, the adverse effects of temperatures and humidity are typically a temporary issue and will get better once you are cooler off. However, the bad news is it can and does take longer to recover from these issues if your body gets overheated. There is always that annoying good news bad news scenario! This time of year, that lasts about 10 months is really quite frustrating for me, but I always make it through!!

How do y’all deal with humidity and heat? Does it have an adverse affect on your health? Do you have any good tips that work well for you? I have heard the normal tips, like avoid extreme temperatures, which is pretty impossible when living in the🌻 south. But, I have also heard about cooling vests, which I honestly have not tried yet. Also the obvious, stay inside with air conditioning but staying hydrated is extremely important as well! This actually helps me drink more water, as normally I really do not. I know that is not a good thing, but I have never been the best at drinking water. 

Thank y’all for visiting my site! I always appreciate you taking the time to read and I LOVE your comments as well, which I will definitely respond to as quickly as I can! Please always remember that I am sending y’all LOTS of ❤love & comfort! 

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

Motivational Monday!

Good morning y’all! I hope you had a lovely weekend and I hope you have an amazing start to the new week! I hope y’all find my Monday quote very motivating as I find it so very loving and encouraging!

Be the Rainbow

I hope y’all have a great day! I look forward to reading your thoughts about my Monday motivation! Please never forget that I am always sending y’all lots of ❤ love and comfort!

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Always, Alyssa

Rainy Sunday

have-a-peaceful-good-evening-52650-14376Good Evening and Happy Sunday❤!  I hope y’all have had a nice and pleasant weekend. It always amazes me how fast the weekend flies by! I hope y’all were able to rest up and are prepared for a new and hopefully amazing new week!

Do you notice increased pain when it 🌧rains? Have you ever wondered why the rain can be so soothing to hear, but yet cause all you SO much additional pain at the same time? Well, I of course became so curious to get some real true answers considering all Mother Nature wants to do right now is rain I had to do a little of my own research.

After reading on several different websites including https://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=52133, I have found it is all pretty much due to barometric pressure. When the pressure in the atmosphere is low, rainy days are painful daysclouds and rain is much more likely. Dampness has a tendency to increase our pain and stiffness because of the reduction of pressure in the atmosphere which allows the bodily fluids to move from blood vessels to tissues and in turn causes swelling and pressure on the nerves in those tissues.🌧 Also it causes an increase in fluids on the affected joints. Pressure on the nerves and joints will naturally cause an increase in pain and stiffness

Let me just ask, how do you handle these 🌧rainy and painful days? Does the rain🌧 cause you more pain and stiffness? I try to stay inside, but what about tomorrow when it is going to be raining once again and I have to leave the house for work? I just tend to keep my trusty heating pad with me at all times and it helps some, but it is not as magical as I would like it to be!

I want to thank y’all for visiting my site today. ❤I appreciate all of your support more than words can even begin to say! I hope you had a great weekend and I hope you have a great start to your week. I am looking forward to reading your comments and I will respond as quickly as I can! Remember, I am always sending you LOTS of ❤love, support and comfort!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

Who Am I?

Who am IHave you ever asked yourself this what should be a fairly easy question, “Who am I?” I sometimes am forced to ask myself this question a few times a day, especially when others challenge the person I know I am, by being disrespectful and even a little demeaning. I find that other people can cause a slight change in my views of myself and then I react unkind. For instances, there is a person I work with that seems to enjoy treating others as if they are beneath him, which creates a very hostile work environment, or at least it does for me! I do not need someone to blow smoke up my rear end, but I do demand and deserve to be respected. This negative treatment causes an excessive amount of anger and frustration in me, which then causes my attitude to be so NEGATIVE and this is not me! In your experiences and opinion, what is the best way to handle this extremely disturbing individual?

Underneath everyone is a person that is so much more than what can be viewed from their exterior appearance! Our exterior is just a visual image, but underneath that visual image is an entirely other person with emotions and passions. When I was first diagnosed with MS, I thought that people just viewed me as just my illness and not for underneath-copywho I was on the inside. Even now, almost 18 years later I feel that is all people see me as which could not be further from the truth, but I am learning that is their problem and not mine! Others view me from my outside as a vertically challenged (I am a little short) and petite person which makes people make annoying comments that I do not eat, which I do! The verbal attacks cause frustration to me and therefore make me very uncomfortable, but again I know this is those doing the talking problem not mine!

At 36 years old, I am still learning how to deal with other’s personalities and how to interact with them when it is the complete opposite of my own. When I ask myself, Who am I?, I typically answer it the same way every time! I pride myself on being ❤kind and understanding of everyone. I also have never been and never will be ❤judgmental towards anyone by judging on race, color, religion and or sexual preference. I always butterfly who am Iwant to help others get through hard times by offer support and encouragement to those! I will always be compassionate, loving❤, caring and giving to a fault despite how most around me are not. So, if I ask y’all the same question, “Who are you?” what would your answer be?

I really appreciate you visiting my site today and I really look forward to any comments you may have! I do promise you, I will respond as quickly as I can! I hope you have a wonderful rest of your weekend and I hope you are feeling the best you possibly can! Please never forget that I am always sending you LOTS of ❤love and comfort!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤