About Positively Alyssa

I was diagnosed 18 years ago, when I was only 19 years old, with Relapsing Remitting Multiple Sclerosis. I had gone to my eye doctor because I had lost vision in my left eye. Prior to my appointment, I had prepared myself to have the doctor confirm that I would be blind in my left eye and that was all. Never in a million years did I expect to hear the doctor tell me that after consulting with his colleagues, that I need to go for an MRI that day because they were thinking that with my symptoms that I had MS. Just a couple hours later I went to get the life altering MRI. I remember that phone call like it was yesterday. My eye doctor called me from his home at 9:30 at night to confirm what they suspected, I in fact had MS. He immediately referred me to a specialist he knew and I was able to get in to see him that same week. Luckily, after a round of steroids, my vision came back in my eye just leaving me with leg pain that would continue to be part of my life. Through the years I have tried numerous different medications that are meant to slow the progression of the disease down. I was never good at the injections and it wasn't because of the needle, it was because the medication burned like fire going in. Still after all these years I still go through my battles of denial, anger, frustration and sadness. However, I have always said that I would NEVER allow MS to control my life but I would control the disease. For the most part, I have been pretty successful with that. I mean we all have our bad days but it doesn't make the situation any better. With this blog I am hoping that with my experiences, endless amounts of research and a powerful fight i me that I can not only help others going through this but that I can learn from others as well. Living with the ups and downs of MS can be challenging but the power of the mind can beat anything that is thrown our way!

Motivational Monday

monday is a state of mindGood morning y’all! I hope you had a nice weekend and you are ready to start a brand new week that will be MUCH better than last week! Y’all already know last week wasn’t the best for me, but everyone has been so incredibly supportive by sending kind messages my way❤. I want to thank y’all for being SO encouraging during my difficult time. I did spend my weekend trying to rest, but not being all that successful because my mind is still spinning! You have my Monday to shineword that I am not going to focus on the past and just move forward to better times, after all everything happens for a reason and nothing really nothing is an accident❤!

Even though my mind has been in a tailspin, I do still believe we should all start our Monday off with a positive mind! The quote I want to share with y’all has so much meaning to me and maybe it is because of what I have gone through, but I think I would still find it meaningful if nothing bad had occurred. thomas edison

I am looking forward to reading your fabulous thoughts on this quote! I do believe y’all  always have great views on everything and tend to provide great input! Seriously, y’all have been ❤ truly amazing ❤ during this past week and really everyday! I am so honored that I have made so many supportive and ❤ caring friends with my blog.

I hope y’all have a great start to your week and you are feeling the best you possibly can! Please know that no matter how I am feeling or what I might be going through, I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

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Fighting to find motivation again

bad daysSometimes things happen in our lives that shake us to our core. It can be terribly difficult to heal from these situations and painfully trying to find the motivation to keep moving on. I have NEVER been the type of person that allows for anything or anyone to keep me down for long because we only have one life to live and must live it to the fullest. Even after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis at the age of 19, I wouldn’t allow for that to take control and or run my life, so why would I start now?

In recent times something else has happened to me that was not only a complete and total shock, but also incredibly inappropriate. I was let go from my job for the most everything-will-be-okay-just-not-today.jpgabsurd reasons I have ever heard.. My husband and I relocated to a brand new city where I started this new job that I was super excited about. During the course of my employment, even after asking several times I had NO training. The complete lack of training was at no fault of my own, but due to no one knowing the answers to the numerous questions I asked. How wrong does that sound!? It seems like the people I was working for expected me to be psychic, which unfortunately I am not! Any loss is hard to accept, but not understanding what went wrong makes it even harder. Beyond a shadow of a doubt, I did my job to the best of my ability and didn’t deserve for this to happen to me. Anyone that really knows me, knows that I work hard and am good at whatever I set my mind to.

In my rational mindset and heart I know everything happens for a reason, but that feeling lost todaydoesn’t make this any easier to accept. Losing a job has made me feel worthless and like a failure, which logically I know probably isn’t true. Even when I felt terrible, I still went to work. Even living with a chronic illness that brings on many issues, I still work and work hard! The hard truth for me to swallow is people can be so FAKE and more often than not the people who seem kind and caring are the direct opposite. I don’t possess the ability to be anything but who I am and that is NEVER fake! Personally, I am always going to just be who I am, which is a compassionate person to a fault. I am and probably always will be the person that cares more about others needs than my own.

How do you find motivation when your world has been turned upside down? A job dont-get-closure-until-you-move-on.jpgdoesn’t define who I am as a person, but it does make me feel productive instead of the one sulking around the house without any direction. I am a very strong person and I will bounce back to the positive person I was, it might just take time. I honestly think this situation would be easier to accept if there were valid reasons for this my termination, but there AREN’T ANY valid reasons! Many people have already told me this is their loss and not mine because I deserve so much better, maybe once my mind has healed from this I will see it that way as well.

I don’t mean to share a post that is pretty negative, but honestly sometimes writing out my feelings helps for me to heal. Many of y’all, that have been following my blog for a while now, knew something was wrong way shake off everythingbefore I admitted it and I appreciate all the kind and encouraging words you have sent my way. It has only been 4 days, which feels more like 4 weeks, since losing my job and unemployment doesn’t suite me well.

I am trying to take time to heal from this horrible event and focus on things that bring me joy again. There were so many things I wasn’t able to do working full-time, so maybe now is my chance to do more with my life. Y’all know that I had dreams of writing a book that I even already have an outline for. Maybe I can use this time, in between a job search, toHow-to-Stay-Motivated-When-Searching-For-a-Job-1024x512 at least start the book of my dreams. One thing I can say with 100% certainty is, I can not and will not allow what I have gone through to send me into a terrible relapse. you can heal

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for stopping by my site today and I do hope y’all have a fabulous weekend! For those of you living out west where I know it is insanely cold, I hope you are able to keep warm and the temperatures improve very soon. I do look forward to reading your comments and promise I will respond much faster than I have been in the past few month. Even though I might be going through a difficult and painful time right now, please know that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

Pick-Me-Up Thursday!

uess-what-its-friday-eve-chankscats-happy-friday-eve-guys-17457852Good morning y’all! I hope you have had a nice week and you are feeling the best you can. I will be honest with y’all, my week started off absolutely terrible! I am trying to find the positive in the negative thing that occurred, but I am having a hard time with it. I am also trying to remind myself that everything happens for a reason and things can get better.

Thankfully this week is almost over and we will have the weekend to reboot and adjust our mindset, which is something that I really need right now. I think I am still in complete shock from how shaken my Monday made me, but I never let a stumblewill get through it in time. The most important thing I am trying to keep in mind is to NEVER let anyone dull the sparkle I have within me because NO ONE is worth that! I am just dealing with a massive bump in the road, but it isn’t going to stop me from living my life and being successful with my dreams!

Y’all know that I think we need a pick-me-up by Thursday because the weeks can be very draining! The quote I am sharing with you has a lot of meaning for me and I do hope you find it inspiring!doors slam

I definitely feel like one door did slam pretty hard in my face this week, but I will do my it's just a bad day...best to just dust myself off and move on. I am looking forward to reading your thoughts on this quote because y’all always have enlightening insight which I know will be extremely helpful for me. I do promise to respond to your comment as quickly as I can!

Thank you so much for stopping by my site today. Your continued support and understanding is very appreciated! I hope you have a wonderful day and hope your upcoming weekend will be enjoyed to the fullest! Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

Motivational Monday!

images (3)Good morning y’all! I hope you had a wonderful weekend and you are ready to start the new week with great plans and thoughts! Monday’s are a time to start fresh and forget about all the negative that may have happened last week. Last week for me was an insane mixture of great times and also some discouraging times. It is quite amazing to me how something so delightful can happen on the same day something else extremely negative happens, but they do not always cancel each other out!

Even though I already know that Monday’s are a day to start over again, I believe a little motivation can go a long way! I find the quote I am going to share with you today very true and it hits home for me. I do hope you will be able to take something positive away from this and I look forward to reading your thoughts!forget-yesterday

I think it is extremely important to start each day with positive thoughts because anything negative that happened last week or even yesterday is in the past and we imagesshouldn’t ever dwell on them because we can’t change what happened! This is so much easier said than done, but I do try to never forget this, but sometimes fail. I spent most of my weekend thinking about something not so pleasant that occurred at work on Friday, but really what good did this do? NOTHING at all!

I hope y’all have a great day and you are feeling as good as you can. Today and everyday, do your best to keep positive and never allow anyone to dull your light because your are meant to shine bright! Please remember that I am always sending y’all LOTS of ❤love, comfort and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

Pick-Me-Up Thursday!

friday eve 1Good morning y’all! I hope you have had a nice week and you are feeling well today! This was a short week for me, but the short weeks always seem the longest for me. I know that probably sounds crazy. Y’all already know that I have been battling a nasty cough for well over a month now, but I am hoping this weekend will be a nice weekend without the cough!! 

Even though it was a short week by Thursday we all need a little boost to get through the final day or at least I know I do. I can tell you without hesitation, my week was absolutely crazy! Yesterday was a very trying day and pretty frustrating! The quote I am going to be sharing today means a lot and probably for obvious reasons. I do hope you enjoy and find this valuable! inspiring-quotes-11

Life isn’t ever easy and things will always happen unexpectedly. The important thing for us all to try doing is find the lessons we can learn in all situations we face, they can truly enhance our lives for the better. 

Thank you for stopping by my site today! I do always appreciate your support and fabulous comments. I hope you have a great day and hope you are feeling the best you possibly can. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

Motivational Monday!

9005d8e11ab7db0973f433e686603984Good morning y’all! I hope you had a lovely weekend and you are ready for the new week to begin. Even though my annoying cough is still lingering around, I did manage to spend my three-day weekend resting as much as possible. I just hope the cough will continue to improve!!  

Today is Martin Luther King Jr Day, so the quote I am sharing means even more to me. Last year I shared a post about this powerful man and why I found him so admirable. I admire how he stood up for what he believed in and how his determination wasn’t to be questioned. I hope you can take a moment today and try to remember how much MLK Jr lost over the years, but also how nothing was going to stop him. martin-luther-king-jr.-onyx-truth-2

Y’all already know this about me, but I feel that everyone should be treated equally and never mistreated because of the color of their skin, religious beliefs, ethnicity, race, who they love, etc. I know I have said this before, but we are all human beings with a beating heart and have feelings that can be hurt. 

Thank you for stopping by my site today and I am looking forward to reading your comments. I promise to respond to your thoughts just as quickly as I can. I hope y’all have a great day and you are feeling the best you can. Please remember that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

Week with a cough isn’t easy

away-from-the-blogI never meant to be away from blogging for the entire week, but this unrelenting cough has been torture! Coughing all day, everyday, plus working full-time, has caused me more fatigue than normal, so I have not had the energy to write at all. Besides dealing with this nasty and evil cough, last week was extremely busy for me.

As I already mentioned, I have been dealing with a cough for well over a week, hell it has been well over a month now! I already know that it takes my body FOREVER  to get over a simple cold, but honestly I haven’t even been to a doctor. Healthy ingredients for strengthening immunityMy reasons for not going to the doctor might be silly, but in my opinion they are valid. One reason is I am in a new city and haven’t established an actual doctor yet. I know this is something I should have already taken care of, but it just isn’t easy. Hell I know there are not many MS Specialists where I am living, which is frustrating! Another reason I haven’t gone to just some random doctor is because they ALWAYS try prescribing an antibiotic and ALWAYS ignore the bright red warning sign that shows up due to the Gilenya. Gilenya interacts with many medications and it can be very dangerous. I just do not want to deal with all the ignorance that comes along with healthcare in the United States. 

home-selling-6Another major thing that happened last week was we closed on the sale of our townhouse! I had mixed emotions about this because it was the first home my husband and I bought together. There are many memories within the walls of that home, some are great and others are horrible, but it was our home. I am beyond happy the townhouse sold in only 3 days, but it is still bittersweet! The  great thing about this is, we are down to only one mortgage payment!

With so much going on, good and bad, I am thrilled we have a three-day weekend! I am hoping that having these days off without any “must do’s” I will get over this pain in the 1264359-georgia-may-jagger-quote-drink-lots-of-water-get-lots-of-sleep-andass cold and start feeling human again! I never would have thought a simple cold could take this much out of me. I mean I haven’t even had the energy to do much of anything, which is very unlike me. For the past two days I basically get out of bed and move to the other side of the house to the couch, where I typically fall back to sleep while watching TV. 

I am making an effort to get over this cold, but my goodness it is taking way too long! I already take a Vitamin C supplement everyday, so I am not sure what more to do. All the congestion that has come along with this cold has completely killed my appetite, but I am staying hydrated, so I guess that is a plus. Let me ask y’all a question, when you get what should be a simple cold, does it take a long time to go away?

I hope y’all are having a nice and restful weekend! I am working on getting through emails, comments and your posts, which hopefully I will be caught up by the end of the long weekend! Playing catch up while my head is feeling very foggy isn’t easy, but I am trying! ❤As always I do appreciate you stopping by my site and your patience with my catch up time. No matter what I might be dealing with, I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort and positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤