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!

0e4599cc55a2fec5a47315b3f4beaf12Good morning y’all and happy Monday ☀! I hope y’all had a great weekend and you are ready to tackle yet again a new week! I worked over the weekend, but it was actually a good weekend! Since I have worked at the apartment community, Saturday was the best day I have had yet, which is saying something. Most days at work are not all that great and even rather frustrating, but I was on my own, super busy and on fire! It doesn’t matter one bit if things went so well over the weekend because my mind is stuck on our upcoming ☀ vacation ☀ or if things will be getting better at my job, all that matters is I had a rather pleasant 58b0f1c7256c4a126d1ddff462805279--inspirational-monday-quotes-happy-monday-quotesweekend!

Are y’all ready for the new week? Thinking on a positive side, I think it is going to be a fantastic week for all of us 🌸. I have always strongly believed that a positive outlook will only create very positive outcomes 🌈, so let us all find this a good way to think! Unfortunately, it does seem like that many people are very quick to judge others based on ignorant thoughts. As I have gotten older I have figured out that those that judge negatively really do not matter much at all and they are probably just unhappy with their own lives. This is where the quote I am sharing with y’all today comes from and I hope this is something you will try to keep in your mind always!people don't matter

Thank you so much for stopping by my site today. I hope the quote I have shared with y’all today will keep you motivated! Never allow anyone’s negative judgments to discourage or make you feel bad because YOU are way better than that! I hope you have a wonderful start to a fabulous week! Please remember that I am always sending y’all LOTS of  love ❤, comfort, and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

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Your dreams can become reality!

Turn-Your-Dreams-Into-Reality-lSo often we will sit daydreaming about random things. Sadly, we often feel that our precious dreams are unreachable because they seem so outlandish. In hindsight, anything is possible with enough determination and courage.

What is something you have dreamt about for as long as you can remember? Have you ever thought about the steps you couldyour reality take to make that dream your reality? Of those dreams you hold onto, has any of them come true? Or if some of these dreams never made it to reality yet, do you know why?

Something I have dreamt about and wanted for so many years is to be able to write a book, but I still have yet to accomplish this. I have asked myself time and time again why something I want so badly hasn’t come into fruition. Honestly the only answer I can come up with is I discourage myself with thoughts like I am not good enough or I can’t do it. Those negative thoughts have held me train-your-mind-to-seeback for way too many years and I am going to start fighting against them! I really want to make my dreams come true and I know in my heart I will.

Most of the time I think we are often our own worst enemy in life. I can say without any doubt or hesitation that I am my biggest and hardest critic. How do you get past this in life? How do you look past your own criticism and start Simple Pbelieving in yourself? Training your mind to know your strengths and using them is not easy, but it must be doable because look at how many others do achieve their goals.

When you take a step back and look at your life the way it is currently, are you living the life you want and are you happy? Are you proud of what you have accomplished? Are you able to enjoy the simple pleasures life has to offer? Personally, I like living a calm and drama free life style. I know there are many out there that enjoy having conflicts and constant issues because that makes them image-752575feel excited for some reason. I will never understand that frame of mind. I told someone the other day the only drama I like is General Hospital because that isn’t real! I think all drama brings to life is stress and pain! I also think that those of us living with a chronic illness already have enough to deal with and anything else is just unnecessary!

This post was just to share things with y’all that I was pondering and wanted to be able to read your thoughts about images (7)daydreaming and turning dreams into reality. I enjoy sharing my thoughts with you and then reading your comments because they are always amazing. 

Thank you so much for visiting my site today! I do appreciate your continued support! I hope y’all have enjoyed your weekend and you are feeling the best you possibly can. 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!

9c69e8ff73de91988a5e3a549399d2ea--funny-things-funny-stuffGood morning y’all! I hope you have had a good week and you are preparing for the weekend ahead of you. My plans for the weekend are anything but exciting because I will be working. The only good thing about working the weekend and 7 days in a row is something I already mentioned, my husband and I are going on a much needed vacation next week! 

What do you think, are you ready for a pick mehqdefault (1) up quote? I know I could use a little pick me up because it has been a challenging week for me. Between working too many days in a row, ridiculously hot weather in the middle of September, the a/c in my car not blowing cold air when it is so damn hot, searching for another job because mine has been hell, my favorite co-worker leaving , and nothing but bad news coming my way a little pick me up would be incredibly beneficial! The quote I am sharing with y’all today is very meaningful and also a friendly reminder!vsy__on_pinterest__rela

I do hope you found this quote helpful and encouraging! I am looking forward to reading vChK6pTy3vN3KbYZ7UU7k3-320-80your thoughts on this one because I have no doubts you have great insight! I hope you have a great stress-free or at the least very little stress that helps you feel 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❤

Motivational Monday!

new-monday-new-week-motivational-gym-quotesGood morning y’all! I hope you had a lovely weekend and your week starts off well. I am proud to say that I did not do all that much over the weekend and allowed myself to actually rest! I think the rest I was able to get has helped me feel a little better. I had been experiencing sleep problems and only was getting 2 or 3 hours of sleep at the end of last week. It was awful and I have no idea why I wasn’t able to sleep, but at least I did get rest and even slept in one of the weekend days. 

This week is going to be rather challenging for me with my work schedule. I am working 8 days in a row, but it is busybecause of a much deserved vacation next week. My husband and I am going to get away for a few days to celebrate my birthday and our 8 year wedding anniversary! I am so excited about our upcoming vacation and think it will do us both some good!!

I think most days we all deal with at least one challenge, but we all handle things the best we can. I think the quote I am sharing with y’all today has a lot of motivation to help get the week started off on the right foot!quote-inner-power-giant-today

Thank you so much for visiting my site today.  I hope the quote I have shared with y’all has given you some strength and motivation for the week ahead. All of us have so much you-are-amazing-with-a-side-of-sprinklespower inside that we also forget about, try to remind yourself at least once a day how amazing you are!

I hope you have a wonderful day and your week only continues to get better. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, compassion, and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

September, Pain Awareness Month

DmeoxF9XcAAnEI5I actually meant to complete this post earlier in the month because September is Pain Awareness Month and it is an important topic, but just was not able to because of too much fatigue and ironically enough pain. However, I do have a lot of information I want to share with y’all.

Pain is an awful thing many are forced to live with. Pain unfortunately affects way too many people’around the world. Speaking from my own personali-am-in-pain-you-just-dont-know-it-cause-i-smile-through-the-rain-and-refuse-to-show-it. experiences, I battle with pain every day and every minute of my life and it is anything but easy. Of course some days are worst that others, but even on a good day I still hurt more than anyone ever should have to. In all the years I have survived pain and Multiple Sclerosis, I have found that my pain increases drastically later in the day, like after about 2:00 PM. However even when I am in pain, I refuse to give in, but instead try my best to rise up again andpainhigh-res keep fighting the battle.

There are five types of pain a person can suffer from:

1.) Acute:

*Pain is felt short-term

*Pain will start suddenly

*The pain is related to soft tissue damageacutechronicpain.png

*Gradually will resolve on its own, when the injury heals.

2.) Chronic:

*This type of pain is felt over extended periods of time.

*Effected areas include back, neck, joints, mouth and face and muscles and bones.

*This type of pain is possibly caused by inflammation or dysfunctional nerves

*Diseases like Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Fibromyalgia, and ailments due to cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, Stomach Ulcers, AIDS and Gallbladder Disease.

3.) Neuropathic Pain-nerve-pain

*This type of pain and come and go.

*This is caused by damage or disease affecting the somatosensory nervous system. It is possible it could be associated with abnormal sensations called dysesthesia.

*There are many symptoms for this type of pain, which include: Sensation of pins and needles, uncomfortable tingling and burning, burning and tingly pain, uncomfortable and uncontrollable nerve pain. These symptoms can be felt during a certain time or day or felt the entire day without a break.

download (4)4.) Visceral Pain:

*Results from activation of nociceptors of the thoracic, pelvic or abdominal viscera (organs).

*Sensitive to stretching, ischemia and inflammation, but insensitive to small stimuli, like cutting or burning that typically cause pain

5.) Breakthrough Pain:

*Severe pain that rears its ugly head, when a person is already medicated with long-term pain killers.

*Very common in cancer patients.wp-1451082527281

*Felt in between regular and scheduled pain killers.

Lower back pain, migraines, facial pain, and neck pain are the four most common issues among those that suffer from chronic pain. Only 7% of men deal with chronic pain, where 18% of women deal with this nasty issue.

pain-awareness-monthAfter reviewing the statistics of people around the world that deal with chronic pain, the United States has the highest numbers.  For many reasons, I was not all that surprised that American’s rank highest in this category. I am going to list 6 major points of American’s and pain.

*50 million of the population live with chronic pain

*Between 560 and 630 million dollars is lost annually because of chronic pain

*Chronic pain is the leading cause of early long-term disabilityCrPnpZqUAAUwBhS

*Lower back pain affects 26 million people (which is 80%)

*Pain accounts for 78% of emergency room admissions (This is a huge number of people that are forced to go to an Emergency room,. knowing how awful insurance is and knowing the bill will be obscene.)

*Pain disrupts 42 million American’s sleep

download (5)Canada, having free health care also has many people that deal with pain. I have heard that the only thing that could be difficult is getting in with a doctor quickly, but at least they won’t go bankrupt dealing with their health issues. I am going to list a few stats from Canada.

*1 in 10 Canadian’s experience chronic pain

*9% of men and 12% of females experience chronic pain

*1.5 million of Canadian’s suffer pain issues

*34.6% of those deal with chronic pain, consider suicide

Considering that pain does affect so many around the world, I also wanted to share some random stats. The stats below are either worldwide or are to a specific area.

*20.5% or 1.5 billion people worldwide suffer with chronic pain

Pain management word cloud concept*20% of pain related suicides are a result of back pain

*30-50% of middle age people have neck episodes yearly

*Patients experience persistent pain after a routine surgery 50% of the time

*Back surgery fails up to 40% of the time. 2nd and 3rd interventions fail up to 70%

*Between 15% and 100% of patients with depression also battle with pain

*People with less education are 80% more likely to have chronic pain, than those with higher education

*500 million working days in Europe are lost to chronic pain

*20.2% of the Danish population suffers with chronic pain

CfIvOxFXEAA18E_I know many of you live with an illness that also causes a great deal of pain and I truly hate that for all of you. I stand by my beliefs that no one should ever have to suffer throughout their lives and there should be many more cures than there are. I guess there is a huge part of me that thinks, ‘It is 2019 and there are many brilliant minds out there. Why are these highly intelligent people not finding cures? Or why if these people have found the cures, why aren’t they shared?’

It takes a strong and determined person to work around the challenges that pain 49fa3f70b3c9ded5e0963d1328128554inflicts on our lives. I may have never met any of you in person, but through reading your posts and your comments on mine, I know you are one of these incredibly strong individuals ❤. With it being “Pain Awareness Month”, I wanted to share information that struck a nerve for me. Pain may be able to hide from others, but it is so real for many people. All I can say is a strong positive mind can do amazing things and even if it doesn’t take the pain away, it could carry you through to better times.

Thank you so much for visiting my site today. I always appreciate you taking the time to not only read what I share, but 3cf90d128f2321c4137a8be012ec0616--be-better-better-lifealso leaving amazing comments. I hope you have had a wonderful weekend and you are feeling the best you possibly can. I know it can seem difficult to remember, but y’all are very strong and have loving hearts. The amount of compassion y’all share is breathtaking! Please never forget that i am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort, and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

 

Let It Go Friday!

just breathGood morning y’all and happy Friday! I have been looking forward to this day all week because I only have to work 3 hours today and then have the entire weekend off! I really need this time away from all the pressures and stresses work is causing me and to focus on things that bring me joy.

I think way more often than not, I hold onto the stress that others are causing me and the pressure that comes along with it. One of my co-workers has hated her job original-3584403-1since she started because it feels like a hostile work environment. She is the assistant manager and the property manager does not communicate with her at all, but instead avoids even talking to her. He seems to expect her to know everything without the proper training. I think we already established the fact that my manager is an absolute moron and treats people so wrong. I am happy for my ❤ sweet friend because she found another job where I hope she will be happier and way more appreciated. I am definitely going to miss her❤, but we are going to stay in touch❤!

My other co-worker opened up to tumblr_lpmzts804m1qimgijus today about things he has gone through in life. The stories he told us broke my heart 💜 and yet I really understood most of what he has gone through in life. It is kind of funny, we never really know what someone else has dealt with in life because we weren’t there, but when they confide in us, we can give them the support they truly deserve and need💜

Today being Friday is a great day to start letting go of all the stresses from the week and just breath a sign of relief. We made it through another rather long week and now we can kick back and relax. The quote I am sharing with you today is very powerful and will have different meaning to all that read it.let go7

Thank you from the bottom of my heart ❤ for stopping by my site today. I look forwardimages (6) to reading your amazing thoughts on this quote and everything else I shared today. I hope y’all have a lovely day and you are looking forward to the weekend. Please never forget 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!

Good morning y’all! I hope you are having a wonderful week. I am absolutely thrilled it is almost FridayHappy Birthday Mom because that means the weekend is just about here and I don’t work the weekend! Today is also my mother’s birthday ❤ and even though I know she hates birthdays, I think she deserves a very Happy Birthday !

So besides wishing my mother a very  Happy Birthday , I also have a quote that will hopefully give y’all a little pick me up to get through the final day of the week! My week has kind of felt like hell week, so not only can I not wait until it is over, but I really needed a little pick me up!inspirational-motivational-quotes-7-1

We all face many challenges, but I prefer to think of all those challenges make us so 9c69e8ff73de91988a5e3a549399d2ea--funny-things-funny-stuffmuch stronger and we can handle damn near anything! I am sorry to keep this post short and sweet, but I am actually dealing with another migraine and it isn’t easy to be looking at the computer screen. I do want to thank you for visiting my site today and wishing my mother a very Happy Birthday! I hope y’all have a wonderful day and you are feeling well. Please remember that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love  ❤, comfort, and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤