Ways our passions can change the world!

The passions we have are what keeps us going, especially after a long day. Our passions provide us with chances to not only be creative but also impact the world or at least the community we are in. Passion is that spark that opens us up too many opportunities every day. This can send us into another direction in life that we may have been able to think or dream of. When we embrace what our passions are and become dedicated activists and share information with as many people as we can. Of course, this will take a lot of time, but that is how the inner spark for our passions will help keep us trying and never giving up.

Throughout this post, I am going to share ways our passion or passions can create positive changes. Unfortunately, we might be able to change the world, but changing the community we are in is an amazing first step. Great things take time and sometimes small baby steps are the best way to get the ball rolling.

1. Pursue your interests

Discovering what interests, you most to share with others is a crucial initial step. Once we determine what the interest or interests are we can become the greatest activist we can be by continuously trying to improve on our abilities. Of course, passions or ideas are nothing that will immediately turn into a new lifestyle. After an idea emerges to your mind, you must embrace all opportunities, steadily develop more on the interest, and refine your skills periodically.

2. Stay united with likeminded people

Although you may not have someone in the room with you now to help with your mission, there are ways to locate some that will be excited too. Reach out to people you already know and explain what you are attempting to do and ask if they would be willing to help with your crusade. You could try meeting people at local conferences and seminars, or online platforms regarding your passion. Once you can build up your team, they will be great to collaborate with, offer guidance, and stay on the right track. We have all probably heard that there is strength in numbers, which is extremely true.

3. Aim for balance

It will take hard work when you are pursuing your passions and creating an impact in the world, so we cannot allow ourselves to become burnt out and exhausted. Truthfully, we must dedicate time and a considerable amount of energy towards our interests. It is crucial to still provide ourselves with the necessary time to recharge and take care of our needs. Even if it is a few hours each week to take time off this will prevent feeling overwhelmed, which will keep those passions we have alive and well. When we have a good balance, we will be able to focus more on making a big difference in the world.

4. Take ownership of your passion

We all know how contagious negativity can be, but so can positive energy. We can use the excitement we have regarding our passions when reaching out to others, which will create a similar excitement in them. Some might have hesitation or not share the same passion or vision as we do, but others will be thrilled with it and appreciate the dedication we have. Once those that did not see the vision clearly, in the beginning see the way others are filled with excitement and dedication, they will see things in a different light and be inclined to want to join in and help. Changing your community or society takes work, but people will respect your drive and integrity for your goals.

5. Develop a plan

Even when we have developed a plan, this does not mean we have a diligent and careful put together spreadsheet regarding our spending. This is just to show approaches to take when setbacks occur. Setbacks produce a financial strain, which can cause additional stress. This plan is meant to set us up for success regarding our passions that may change the world for the better!

I have thought long and hard about the various things I am extremely passionate about. Many of these passions are a little controversial and many might think that I am wrong about them, but we are all entitled to our own opinions. I am not going to try changing another person’s mind about something they believe in because their views are important. Have you ever thought about what things you are deeply passionate about and wanted to do something to promote your views? If you have, what were those passions and how did you attempt promoting your views?

Thank you for taking the time to visit my site and read what I have written. I hope you enjoyed this information and it provided you with some useful ways to not only follow your passions, but also attempt to change the world for the better. I am looking forward to reading your comments, which I will respond to as quickly as I can. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love, comfort, support, and MANY positive vibes!

Always, Alyssa


Motivational Monday

Happy Monday y’all! I hope you had a great and relaxing weekend! I guess whether we are ready or not, it is time to begin another new week. I cannot believe the June is almost over and we are half way through the year. Do you think that 2021 has been better than 2020? I do think in some ways 2021 has been a little better than 2020, but there are many things that can and should be better.

As we start the last week of June and the beginning of a new week, I think motivation is something we could all benefit from. Of course, life can be challenging and even painful but we can all handle whatever life throws our way because we are strong. I hope you will find the quote I am sharing motivating and it helps your week start with the best mindset! I feel that the world is still overwhelming full of negative attitudes and that is no way to live our life. I believe strongly in the quote I have shared because we can all use the negativity the is raining down on us to create better times and become even better than we were before!

I will be the first to admit that Monday mornings can be difficult, but if we do our best to think positive I think good things can happen. I have always believed that it take a lot more energy to be negative and it can be easier to just think happy thoughts. I know not everyone will agree with me on this and there is nothing wrong with thinking different. I do think everyone being different keeps the world a lot more interesting and even exciting. I think if everyone thought the same it would be a very boring world.

Thank you for taking the time to visit my site today. I hope I was able to help you start your week positively and with the best of thoughts. I do always look forward to reading your comments and do my best to respond to all comments as quickly as I can. I am starting a new position with my company today and after work I have to take one of our kittens back to the doctor. I am hoping we will find a logical reason for her awful breath and that will help her and our little boy feel better. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love, comfort, support, and MANY positive vibes!

Always, Alyssa

Different types of headaches

I think everyone knows that I have lived with Multiple Sclerosis for over 20 years now. Of course, this does cause me to experience pain daily, but I have come to expect it and it does not force me to stop living my life. However, something I have experienced since I was a child is headaches. For the most part, none of the pain caused by MS will keep me in bed for hours or days, but head pain whether it is a headache, or migraine will put me in the bed with an ice pack on my headache for at least hours and sometimes even a few days. These are not easy to handle, but it was a lot worse as a little girl because I would get off the school bus and not move from the couch until the following day.

This is the post that I started research on over a week ago and was not able to complete it until now due to a headache that lasted six days. It is a little ironic that I could not finish a post about headaches due to a headache, but I guess it is what it is. Please remember that I am not a doctor or medical professional in any way, but the information provided in this post is from both my personal experiences and extended research.

Unfortunately, I am sure everyone around the world is familiar with some type of throbbing, uncomfortable, excruciating, and or distracting pain caused by a headache. Even though many of us have experienced this at some point in our life, it can be difficult to understand and know what kind of headache we are enduring. Some people do not know there are several different types of headaches. Honestly, even after dealing with headaches since I was a child, I did not have the knowledge of the ten different forms of headaches. Through this post, I am going to explain each different type and even ways to reduce them from occurring.

According to The World Health Organization, nearly everyone experiences a headache occasionally. Headaches can be described as pain in any area of the head, but the causes, duration, and intensity of the pain can be different depending on what type of headache it is. Not all types of headaches will require immediate medical attention, however in the event, you experience any of the following along with the headache, you should not postpone medical attention: stiff neck, rash, vomiting, confusion, slurred speech, fever of 100.4° F (38° C) or higher, paralysis in any part of the body or vision loss.

Primary headaches are the most common type. This type of headache is not triggered by something your body is dealing with such as illness or allergies. There can be either episodic or chronic. An episodic headache might occur often or occasionally and may last anywhere between a half-hour to several hours. A chronic headache is more consistent, which occurs most days during the most and can last days at a time.

Tension headaches can be chronic and are also a common type of headache. These may cause mild, moderate, or intense pain behind the eyes, in the head, and neck. They can be described as a tight band feeling around the forehead as well. Most people who experience tension headaches have episodic headaches that occur on average one to two times per month. The causes of these headaches are due to muscle contractions in the head and neck regions, which may be from a variety of foods, activities, and or stressors.

Some people that endure tension headaches might experience them after staring at a computer screen for long periods or even after driving for extended periods. For other people, cold temperatures may trigger a tension headache. Other triggers for this type of headache include alcohol, eye strain, dry eyes, fatigue, smoking, a cold or flu, sinus infection, caffeine, poor posture, emotional stress, decrease in water consumption, inadequate amounts of sleep, or skipping meals.

Considering tension headaches are commonly caused by specific triggers, it is important to try identifying what is causes these headaches to prevent future episodes. Starting a headache journal may help to determine causes. Document daily meals, beverages, activities, and any circumstances triggering stress. Each time you have a tension headache, document this and after a few weeks or months, you should be able to notice a common denominator to determine what is triggering your tension headaches.

Cluster headaches are distinguished by an extreme burning and piercing pain, which typically occurs around or behind one eye or on one side of the face at a time. Swelling, redness, flushing, or sweating commonly occurs on the side that is affected by the headache. Sometimes nasal congestion and eye tearing will occur on the same side as the headache.

Cluster headaches are three times more common in men than in women. They generally occur in a series; each headache can last between 15 minutes and up to three hours.  Many of those dealing with this type of headache experience one to four headaches a day, typically around the same time each day during a cluster. Once one of the headaches is resolved, another will follow soon afterward. The series of cluster headaches can be daily for months at a time. During the months between the clusters, the individual will be completely symptom-free. These are a lot more common during the spring and fall seasons.

The pain from a migraine is a serve pulsing from deep within the head that can last for days at a time. These headaches can dramatically impact and limit the ability to carry out normal daily routines and activities. The throbbing sensation from a migraine is usually on one side of the head at a time. Those that have migraines are normally sensitive to light and sound. Also, nausea and vomiting may accompany a migraine. Approximately one out of five people with migraines have something known as aura before a migraine starts. Aura can cause people to see flashing or shimmering lights, zig-zag lines, stars, and or blind spots. This can also include tingling on one side of the face or in one arm, and difficultly speaking.

Migraines can run in the family or be associated with other nervous system conditions. Unlike cluster headaches, women are three times more likely than men to experience migraines. Unfortunately, people with post-traumatic stress disorder have an increased risk for migraines. There are certain environmental factors, such as sleep disturbances, dehydration, missing meals, some foods, hormone fluctuations, and exposure to certain chemicals that are the most common migraine triggers.

The following are the most common and effective ways to reduce migraine attacks:

1. Getting sufficient amounts of sleep. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most adults need seven to nine hours of sleep each night. Sleep allows our brain to calm and reset. While we sleep, there are chemicals released causing cortisol and adrenaline to back down.

2. Eating regularly with small portions throughout the day acts as a hunger preventative.

3. Monitor your caffeine intake. Some people may experience rebound headaches, which will be explained further in this post, from too much caffeine or withdrawal from it.

4. Stress is one of the most substantial triggers for a migraine attack. Taking time to relax and unwind can be incredibly beneficial and stop a migraine before becoming unbearable.

Secondary headaches are headaches that are caused by underlying medical conditions, such as a neck injury or a sinus infection. These are ongoing and may become a chronic issue. By treating the main cause of the headache, people will typically have headache relief. The following are types of secondary headaches:

Allergy or sinus headaches are due to an allergic reaction to something. The pain these headaches cause tends to be focused in the sinus areas and the frontal areas of the head. Those that endure chronic seasonal allergies or sinusitis are prone to these headaches. At least 90% of sinus headaches are in fact migraines that are commonly misdiagnosed.

The way sinus headaches are treated is by thinning out the mucus that built up causing sinus pressure. There are nasal steroid sprays, over-the-counter decongestants, and antihistamines that can help clear up the issues. Some may require a visit to the doctor’s office to get an antibiotic to help clear the infection and alleviate the headache and any other symptoms that might be felt.

Hormone headaches are something that women commonly experience and are often due to hormonal fluctuations. Things like menstruation, birth control, and pregnancy can affect estrogen levels and cause headaches. These headaches may occur right before, during, or right after menses, as well as during ovulation. On average, about 60% of women experience this type of headache. There have are other types of remedies discovered that may help decrease the amount of these headaches each month, which may include relaxation techniques, yoga, acupuncture, and eating a different type of diet.

Caffeine headaches, whether it be too much or quitting cold turkey, caffeine can contribute to headaches. Caffeine affects the blood flow to the brain, which creates several problems besides a nasty headaches. Anyone that has frequent migraines is at risk of triggering headaches due to their caffeine intake. Many people are used to a certain amount of caffeine each day, which acts as a stimulant, caffeine, and or withdrawal from it can trigger headaches.

Exertion headaches occur quickly after times of intense physical activity. Some of the most common triggers for this type of headache are weightlifting, running, and sexual intercourse because they cause increased blood flow to the skull and can induce a throbbing headache on both sides of the head. These headaches do not typically last long like many others do and will improve between a few minutes to several hours.

Hypertension headaches are due to high blood pressure and may indicate an emergency if blood pressure becomes dangerously high. This type of headache tends to occur on both sides of the head and will get worse with any activity. Those experiencing this form of headache may have vision changes, numbness or tingling, nosebleeds, chest pain, or shortness of breath. Once the blood pressure is under better control, the headache will also go away.

Rebound headaches can feel like a dull, tension-type headache, or be more extreme and intense pain, like that of a migraine. This type of headache is also referred to as medication overuse headache due to using over-the-counter pain relievers too frequently. Many people use over-the-counter medications such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen, aspirin, and naproxen believing they will help to decrease their headaches, but often end up creating more when using these medications for more than 15 days out of the month. Rebound headaches occur most commonly with OTC medications that contain caffeine. The best way to avoid these types of headaches is to discuss with your doctor medication that works as a preventative for headaches and does not cause rebound headaches.

A post-traumatic headache will evolve after any type of head injury. This type of headache may feel like a migraine or tension headache and will typically last 6-12 months after the injury happened. A few of the most common symptoms include dizziness, insomnia, difficulty concentrating, memory issues, sensitivity to light and sound, mood, and personality changes. Post-traumatic headaches may become chronic. Several treatments that may help to help this type of headache improve including physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, relaxation therapy, nerve stimulation, and cognitive behavioral therapy.

Thank you for visiting my site today. I hope the information I have shared with you was helpful for you or someone that you know. I know that dealing with headaches is not pleasant or easy, but we can find ways to get through them. If you have any other ways to deal with any type of headache, please share because I know it will help someone that is reading. I hope you have had a great and relaxing weekend and you are ready for the week to begin again tomorrow. I hope you never forget that I am always sending y’all LOT of love, comfort, support, and MANY positive vibes!

Always, Alyssa

Life is complicated

There have been many challenges we have faced during the past few years. All of this takes a lot of courage, perseverance, dedication, determination, and a great amount of internal strength. I completely understand how this can feel overwhelming and we might want to throw our hands up and give up on what we need and want. Sometimes it might feel like the battle within is too demanding, but if we do everything we possibly can and continue fighting we will eventually win the war.

For all of us that are living with a chronic and incurable illness, the obstacles may seem like they are endless and maybe they are. However, if we do not keep pushing through with all we can, we will never know what we are capable of. I have always believed that behind every door we close, something better is waiting around the next corner. We will not be able to know our full potential if we do not at least try.

All the small or large issues we deal with in life provide us with an opportunity and a learning experience. It might never seem like it at the time, but surviving these issues makes us the strong people we are today. It is crucial to view the struggles we face in life as a building block to the incredibly strong people we were meant to be instead of as an inconvenience.

If you take a few minutes to think about your life, would you be who you are today if it were not for what you have been through? Honestly, I do not know who I would be if I did not have the experiences I did have. Of course, not all our experiences have been pleasant and sometimes we do not want to remember them because they may have been awful. The hardest things we have gone through gave us the most valuable lessons.

You do not have to answer this question but at least think about these questions. What were a few of the most hellacious, painful, and complicated things you have gone through in life, and what did you learn from those experiences? I am not going to go into detail about one of my experiences that was like this, but I will tell you this ordeal taught me to be strong and to never allow anyone to mistreat me. For the most part, we can decide who we allow in our life.

It is extremely important to understand that trust is something that is earned and not given immediately. It is not easy, but we should try to at least give others the benefit of the doubt, but without putting too much trust into that person. The hard part about this is, we are all human and sometimes people will do something to betray our trust. Once trust is lost, it is not easy to get back because it takes a lot of work and healing from whatever hurt the betrayal caused. There is not a timeline to when we “should” heal from times when another’s deception because we are all different and heal in various ways.

It is a little ironic that I started a post about headaches and have been dealing with one ever since. I am hoping for the headache I have had for several days will get better soon, so I can finish the post to share with y’all. I think the information that I have so far will be beneficial to anyone that experiences headaches more than just occasionally. Considering I have been dealing with headaches most of my life, I would have thought I would be used to them by now, but unfortunately, I am not. Even though I deal with pain 24/7 the pain does not stop me from doing what I want in life, but a headache will stop me completely. I guess no one has or could get used to them though.

Thank you for visiting my site today. I am sorry that I have been a little absent lately, but hopefully that will change soon, and this headache will go away. I am looking forward to reading your comments, which I will respond to as quickly as I possibly can. Even though I know the COVID cases as decreased greatly, I hope you are all continuing to stay as safe as you can. Please remember that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love, comfort, support, and MANY positive vibes!

Always, Alyssa

Motivational Monday

Happy and welcome to Monday, again. I hope y’all had a great weekend and you were able to enjoy every moment of it. I will be one of the first to admit, the weekend was not long enough and I am not completely ready for another week to begin, but it is happening whether we are ready or not. Logically I know that we should be thankful for each day, but Monday comes way too fast and the weekends fly by leaving most of us to wish we had just one more weekend day. I am sure no one will be surprised that I did not really do anything over the weekend, but unfortunately, I did have a really bad headache. It is a little ironic because I was working on a post about the different types of headaches and was not able to finish it because of a headache. The irony is a little funny, but more frustrating.

So, as we embark on another week some of us might not be ready for, I think a little motivation might be necessary. Each Monday provides us with an opportunity to try again on the goals we wish to accomplish. I think it is known and obvious that our goals are not going to be accomplished without us trying and never giving up, which takes both determination and discipline. The reason I choose this quote to share with y’all is that it resonated with me and the things I have gone through recently. Work has been a little chaotic and a little frustrating because there being so much change and no many answers. Also, I want to be able to accomplish one of the dreams I have had since I was younger and that is to someday write a book or at least have something I have written published. I feel like I owe this to myself and my late Grandfather who was not only a pro golfer but he was also a writer for his local paper.

Yesterday was Father’s day, which I did send my father, stepfather, and late Grandfather a message. Of course, my Grandfather is in heaven, but I put a post on his Facebook page for father’s day. If I am being completely honest, ever since my Grandfather passed away father’s day has been a little difficult and sad for me. My Grandfather was my hero, idol, and someone that I could always count on. He was someone that displayed kindness, love, equality, respect, and everything else that is wonderful every day of his life. I do not believe I will ever get over the loss of him but know that I will see him again someday.

Thank you for taking the time to visit my site today. I hope you enjoyed what I have wrote and the quote I shared with y’all. I would love the chance to read what you thought and I will respond to all comments as quickly as I can. I hope you have a great day and that your week gets better with each day until we make it to the weekend again. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love, comfort, support, and MANY positive vibes!

Always, Alyssa

Inspirational Wednesday

We are halfway through the week and so much closer to the weekend, so today is going to be a great day! How has your week been so far? My week started fine, but yesterday created a little frustration at work. The frustrations were fueled by needing answers and not getting any. Knowing things are changing, but not being told what the changes are going to be or when they are going to happen is very aggravating. No matter how irritating it may be, I am just thankful to have a job.

Let’s not think of today as simply Wednesday, but more as the halfway point to the weekend! Considering we have made it through the first two days of this week and we do have a few more to go we could all benefit from a little inspiration! I hope is that you will find the quote I am sharing with you inspiring and it will help you make it through the last few days of the week! Of course, we will all experience regrets in life, but it is crucial to not regret any days we have in this life. Every day of our life, whether good or bad has something to build our character stronger and wiser. Our bad days provide us the experiences needed to learn from them, so we will not make the same mistake more than once.

I think one of the most important things we can do in this life is to always treat others with respect and kindness. I am not naïve enough to not understand that some people might not deserve our respect because they are not showing us or others with that same respect, but we can be the bigger person and try anyways. I do believe that respect is something that is earned and not given, but until someone shows us they do not deserve our respect we should give it to them. People are going to make mistakes and all we can do is hope they will learn from their mistakes.

Thank you for visiting my site today. I hope you enjoyed what I have shared with you and you found the meaning to be an inspiration. Everyone views things differently and there is nothing wrong with that, as long as we can all be respectful in the things we say in return. I will always respond to your comments with kindness and will never dismiss anything you say. I am looking forward to the opportunity to read what you think about what I have shared and will respond to all comments as quickly as I can. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love, comfort, support, and MANY positive vibes!

Always, Alyssa

Tranquil Tuesday

Happy Tuesday y’all! Even though we have four days left in the week, we have made it through one day already! How is your week going so far? I do hope you are having a great week. My week is going much better than last week did or at least the beginning of the week is and I hope it continues on this track. I did have a dentist appointment yesterday, but it was only to have the permanent crowns put on and it was not really bad. The only part of this appointment that was rather annoying was how long I had to wait because they seem to have hard time scheduling appointments the right way, but at least it did not hurt me.

I am trying to get back to my normal blogging routine and will hopefully be able to continue the way my routine was before I got a little too sidetracked with life and challenges. I am hoping the quote I am sharing for “Tranquil Tuesday” provides you with the much-needed peace we all need considering there is a lot of problems in the world. I find it sad that we cannot all just get along and accept others for who they are instead of what they are if that makes any sense. I like to believe that I am a fair person and treat everyone equally and with respect, so I do not understand people that judge others based on things that do not matter.

I hope you are doing well and you are staying as stress-free as you possibly can. I am fully aware of how difficult it can be to not become stressed when life becomes overly challenging, but we all need to remember that we are all perfectly imperfect humans. There is absolutely nothing wrong with not being perfect or being what some would call normal. No one is perfect despite what some might think and there is nothing wrong with not being what some call normal because what is normal? I would much rather be different than most people because I do not like being like everyone else. In my opinion, I would rather be completely and perfectly imperfect!

Thank you for taking the time to visit my site today. I know we are all busy with work, life, family, and so much else, so I want you to know how much I appreciate your time today. I hope you enjoyed what I have shared in this post and look forward to reading your amazing comments, which I promise to respond to as quickly as I can. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love, comfort, support, and MANY positive vibes!

Always, Alyssa

Motivational Monday

Happy Monday y’all! I hope you had an amazing and safe weekend, and you are ready to begin the new week with a positive mindset! Of course, I did not do much over the weekend, but that is just the normal weekend for me and I do not mind it at all. After the crummy week, I had last week, doing nothing over the weekend was best. I think sometimes we just need time to reset and clear our minds from anything negative, which is exactly what I needed more than anything.

Now that we are at the beginning of a new week, I think we could all benefit from a little motivation to kick start the week off right. I hope the quote I am sharing with y’all today will provide you with enough positive and motivating energy to help this week be a good one for you. I would love the chance to know if this quote helped your week begin the right way but also hope that each day will make the week better until it is finally Friday again. I will be the first to say that it is not always easy to be happy, especially when things happen in our lives that are anything but happy. However, I do think if we have enough hope for better things in life to happen in time, a positive attitude can help remarkable things come to light! I do not think anyone has ever said life was going to be easy, but all we can do is continue to try! Never giving up takes strength, but we are all full of the necessary strength and determination!

No matter how this week starts for you, I hope you have a wonderful week! I know it can be easy to get discouraged when numerous things go wrong, but just try to keep moving forward and keep your chin up! I had mentioned to the Shipt delivery lady last week how awful my week had been. Unfortunately, on her way to the house she was hit head on by another driver and still managed to get the groceries I ordered to my house. I told her I would be happy to come pick her up, but she made arrangements with a friend of her to borrower her car because she wanted to get what was ordered to me. Thankfully, she was not injured at all, but maybe a little shaken up. Turns out, even though I thought my week had been terrible, her day was so much worse. She is an unusually remarkable person and dedicated to her customers.

Thank you for visiting my site today. I hope you enjoyed everything I wrote and l look forward to reading your comments, which I promise to respond to as quickly as I can. I hope you never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love, comfort, support, and MANY positive vibes!

Always, Alyssa

Flooded with Memories

~June 12, 1999~

Sometimes it seems like time flies by us, while other times it feels as though it is standing still. I can only speak for myself when I say this, but I did not enjoy my high school years and some reasons I will not go into. June 12th makes 22 years since I graduated high school and even though I did not go directly to college, I never looked back. I graduated high school at 17 years old because of where my birthday falls in the school year. The choices that I made when I finished high school probably were not the best, but I was young and could not wait to get as far away from the small town I grew up in as possible.

The funny thing is, I was always a dreamer and had thoughts of what I wanted my life to be like after those miserable four years in high school. Of course, there were many dreams I had that might not have come to fruition, but I have always thought that everything in life happens for a reason even if we do not know what those reasons are right away.

One thing I never dreamed of after I got out of high school was to be diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis only two years later. To be honest, I did not know much about this disease all those years ago and only knew one other person that had it, which is my father’s wife. It took me many years to realize that having MS was nothing to be ashamed of and I did not have to hide it from anyone. I do think that this disease has made me a stronger person and of course, I promised my late grandfather that I would never allow it to control me. I also promised that I would never let MS win the fight because I would win the war my body was having within itself.

A dream I had 22 years ago was to be a Broadcast Journalist, which as you know did not happen for me and I do not have any regrets. The reason I do not have regrets about not being in Broadcast Journalism I know I would be able to deal with lies from politicians and would probably get myself in trouble calling them out on their deceitful ways. It does not matter if a politician is a Republican or a Democrat because the truth seems to be a little challenging for all of them to provide. Plus, I also strongly believe that people deserve honesty, especially with issues that impact our lives.

Once I had given up on my Journalism dreams, I thought being a Pediatric Nurse would be an amazing career. Unfortunately, not too long after I decided nursing would be a great option, I had an awful relapse and was worried that it would be a little too challenging to be a nurse if I had mobility struggles. I was a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) for a few years on a Pediatric unit and I learned fast that mobility issues would be far less challenging for me than the emotional impact this had on me. There were a few patients I will always remember, but one little girl that even to this day sends chills down my spine. She was a sweet six-old little girl that had been brutally raped by her uncle. Due to the legal issues, her mother was not allowed to be with her in the room, which was for good reason. Part of the job for the nurses and CNAs was to help the little girl with her bath, but she would not allow anyone but me to help her. I would also sit with her and read her the book of her choice. There were a few other children that weighed heavily on my mind and would put me in tears at the end of the day. This emotional struggle caused me to have a lot of stress, which created issues with the MS.

I am an overly emotional and strong-willed person. I am the type that will fight hard for what I believe in and defend anyone unable to defend themselves. I have never and never will allow anyone to change my mind on something I am passionate about, which can be a good thing or a bad thing depending on the issue. I think it is safe to say I would have made one hell of an attorney if I had wanted to be in school that long and have that amount of student loan debt.

Again, as I have already said I do believe strongly that everything in life happens for a reason. We may never know what the reasons are for the things that happen in our life but should try believing there are reasons for everything. The best and most we can all do is be happy in life and be thankful for what life has provided us, no matter what.

It does not matter what I have gone through in life because I know I am who I am from all of it. I have a quiet and happy life with my husband and three cats. Y’all may remember that in early February we lost our cat we had for almost 16 years, which was a painful loss for both me and my husband. There are still times today that I think of Chloe and what could have been done differently. I might be an emotional person, but logically I know nothing could have changed that day she took her last breath on my lap. The only good thing about this was she did not have to suffer, and she was able to pass away peacefully in her home.

First, I want to thank you for visiting my site today. I hope you enjoyed what I wrote today. For some reason, it had taken me several days to think of what I wanted to write about, which might be because I had a lot of ideas on my mind. Plus, it was a long week for me, and I was feeling very fatigued. Second, I hope you are having a great and safe weekend. Our weekends should be spent doing what makes us happy and helps us to relax to recuperate from the week we just had. I am looking forward to reading your comments and I promise to respond as quickly as I can. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love, comfort, support, and MANY positive vibes!

Always, Alyssa

Doctor’s Appointment & Nasty Rainy Day

Torrential downpour and non-driving people on the interstate drive me insane! I already hate driving but driving in the rain I despise more than I could ever explain. I left work early yesterday to go to my appointment with the pain management doctor, while the hour and a half drive there was fine besides the 18-wheeler trucks, the drive home was terrifying because the rain was so intense, I could not even see the front of my vehicle at times. There was a point that I almost pulled over to try waiting out the rain, but I really wanted to get home, so I continued driving very slowly, which is not like me.

I will never understand why doctors bother scheduling appointments because they are always running behind at least 45 minutes. My appointment yesterday was scheduled for 2:00, but the extremely sweet Nurse Practitioner did not come into the exam room until 2:40. Normally, I would have been frustrated, but like I said the NP is a sweet lady and I like her, so I remained patient and kept myself entertained shopping and writing a little.

These appointments are always so quick, well once the NP comes in the room, but it seems like a long drive. I am just glad she is allowing me to do these follow- up appointments every three months, instead of every other month. Overall, everything went just as well as it always does. She has even suggested a topical medication that might help with the neuropathy my legs and feet deal with daily, so I am happy about this. I do have to wait on the specialty pharmacy to call me back once they deal with the insurance company.

The hour and a half drive home felt like an eternity. Several times during the trip home, it was raining so hard that I could not even see the hood of my vehicle. I did stay in the slow lay, going no more than 40 mph. It was terrifying though because other cars were still speeding and that always frightens me, especially because I know they cannot drive when the sun is shining, and the ground is dry. There were a handful of times I considered pulling off at a rest stop to try waiting for the rain to stop, but I wanted to get home and work another hour to not have to use PTO. Even though it took me almost two hours to get home, I did make it without having an accident. Crazy times driving on an interstate in the south!

Thank you for visiting my site today. This was just giving an update on a doctor’s appointment, but I felt it was something good to write about. I hope you enjoyed it, and I would love the opportunity to read your comments, which I will respond to as quickly as I can. Please remember that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love, support, comfort, and MANY positive vibes!

Always, Alyssa