Sunday Hopes!

sunday-1.jpgGood afternoon y’all! I hope your weekend has been absolutely amazing and you are feeling well. I am so glad that I was able to finally able to do a couple posts this weekend because it really brings me SO much joy! I must say that I am still a little shocked that I received two award nominations a couple days apart from each other and feel so thankful to the amazing people that nominated me! Now that I have been given this kind of recognition it leads me to believe that it is possible that I am doing something good with my blog! I have always wanted to be able to inspire and encourage as many as I possibly can and maybe, just maybe, this means that I am doing what I had planned!

If I am being completely transparent, which I always am and find it very important to do so, I have had VERY LOW energy and MANY pain issues this weekend. Of course, pain pain and fatigueand fatigue are just part of my daily life and I am typically able to just ignore them completely and move forward. I tend to not really understand why such issues become more intense at various times, but I think I might have finally determined the reason behind this. It is very possible that I am just a fantastic weather woman! My body tells me when it is going to rain a day ahead of time and I find amusement when the actual weatherman is clueless! On Friday, I started to feel somewhat awful, but it was manageable. Yesterday while I was grocery shopping I started chatting with the cashier, images (10)which I know y’all will find that shocking, just kidding y’all already know I always initiated conversations wherever I go! Anyways, I mentioned to her that I thought it was going to start raining   very soon. She was an older woman and agreed with me. We both said that we feel the rain deep in our bones prior to the first drop falls. Her reason was that she has arthritis and always hurts more when it rains . WOW, this kind of makes me feel older than my years, but I guess such as life and it could be worst!

Even though I am rather tired, I finally have the time to write. Have y’all ever run into download (12)roadblocks when you start writing because you have far too many ideas running around in your mind? I am definitely at that point right now, so please bare with me as I try to sum up a few things that are on my mind!🌸

It has been a couple weeks since I shared my thought that I may be gluten-intolerant. I have done a decent job with cutting gluten of my diet, but definitely not perfect. I have bought many gluten-free foods for my house and can tell a slight difference in the taste. Last night the craziest thing happened to me Wheat-Gluten-Intoleranceand scared the hell out of me. When I was almost done eating dinner, I had a terrible pain in my stomach. This pain was so intense it not only made me very nauseous, but unable to finish my dinner and bent over in pain. Let’s just say without too many details, this was the worst pain my stomach has ever felt. My husband was ready to take me to the Emergency Room and knowing it would cost a small fortune without insurance made my stress increase the pain I was already dealing with drastically.  Thankfully, this all did pass after a little more than an hour and I am okay now, but I also refuse to eat.download (13)

❤❤Another thing I would like to add is two people I know are in need of some extra prayers. The first one is my mother who went to the hospital on Friday because of severe pain in her back. After a many tests, the ER doctor said it could be one of two things. She may end up needing to have her gallbladder removed because of gallstones or she needs to pass a kidney stone. Both of these can be terrifying and very painful. I am just hoping this issue is just a kidney stone that will pass soon ending her pain and not needing surgery. It might sound crazy, but surgeries scare me because  errors can happen.

❤❤The other person that is in need of prayers is a dear blogger friend Jessica. Jessica’s son has been in the hospital for I think about a week now. Her sweet little boy has had to endure being in the hospital with doctors poking and prodding him. This would scare the heck img_0737out of me and I am 37, so I cannot imagine how this little boy is feeling. Jessica is a VERY strong and amazing woman, but I do believe the more prayers of healing for her son would be very appreciated! If you have a moment, please check out her blog and maybe leave her some encouraging words as I know she will appreciate your thoughts-https://jessierenea.com.

Thank you so much for visiting my site today! Y’all know my posts are not normally this long, but I had a lot to share! I hope the rest of your Sunday is wonderful and peaceful! I do look forward to reading your brilliant thoughts on this post and I do promise to respond as quickly as I can! Never forget 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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The Disability Award

disability awardI was at a complete loss for words when I learned that Melinda at https://lookingforthelight.blog/, choose to nominated me for this award because there are so many others with amazing stories of their own. I never in a million years would have thought that I would have such an honor to be nominated for The Disability Award, in part because I hate admitting to having a disability. I will admit that when I read this, it did bring on many emotions and tears, but I then was delighted to be part of this award. Melinda has an amazing site of her own with fabulous knowledge she continues to share. She is dedicated to helping others with disabilities, chronic illnesses and all that comes along with those struggles. Melinda has also gone above and beyond with helping me reblog my posts when I am not able to. Thank you so much Melinda for this amazing opportunity and please anyone that hasn’t viewed her site, check her out and I know you will be happy you did so!cf036bb83ac63b40077ff3367aa06717

To my Nominees: Please answer the questions, choose your own nominees, and develop your own set of questions. Honestly, Melinda’s questions were so amazing that I wanted to use the same questions, but y’all are of course can choose your own questions if you want. Please display the award badge on your blog. I also do not want to add any pressure onto your already busy life, so if you choose to not participate in this award, I completely understand! I will of course LOVE reading your answers and seeing who you decide to nominate for this award!

My amazing nominees are:

https://msmommy.blog/ 

invisiblyme.com

https://reclaiminghope.blog/

https://funshinesunshineblog.wordpress.com/

https://mymsrollercoasterride.wordpress.com/

https://makingitthroughtherain.com/

https://brokenlifesite.wordpress.com/

My questions from Melinda are:

download (6)What was the first sign of your illness?

The first sign I encountered to this not so fun illness was I lost vision in my left eye. I had absolutely NO idea what was going on and went to my eye doctor. Not only was I in complete and total shock, but I was horrified when of all people an eye doctor told me he suspected MS.

What is your worst symptom and how do you cope with it?images (2)

It is a little difficult to say which of the various symptoms I live with being worst because none of them is at all easy. However, the constant pain can be quite trying and cause me to not do as much as before. I feel that due to pain I end up being forced to limit time on my feet and take breaks more than before.

What one thing about you has changed, as a result of your struggles?

I think the only thing about me that has changed since I was diagnosed with Multiple ms awareness marchSclerosis is I have learned to push past pain. I was always strong with this type of issue, but now that I have pain every minute of every day the strength has only grown.

What words of advice or encouragement would you give to someone else suffering?

The advice and words of encouragement I would offer is, let everyone know they are not allow and never will be. This is something I wish I was told all those years ago because being diagnosed with a chronic illness can be a very lonely feeling.

Name one good thing that has come out of having a chronic illness.never ending nightmare

It seems crazy to say something good that has come out of this chronic illness, but I would say it has taught me to never give up and to always know others struggle in life and need someone to understand. I have made some amazing friends through the blogging community that live with something similar and we are there for one another.

What one thing do you disagree with that is widely accepted as true about your condition?

download (8)There are a few things that I strongly disagree with regarding my condition, but I am only going to share two of them. One is that heat is bad for me and cold is better. The thing is a heating pad gives me a lot of relief. Cold weather causes me to tense up and hurt WAY more. I do think being in the heat too long is not good, but also being cold too long is not good either. I also think with it being 2019 there must be a cure, but the pharmaceutical companies do not want it released because they would not make as much money off ALL of our MANY prescriptions.

If you could change only one aspect of your illness, what would it be?strength

There are many things I wish I could change about this illness, but the main one is that I wish it did not happen to anyone! No one deserves to face the difficulties any chronic illness imposes on their life, well unless they want to mess with the  abilities of insurance we should have!

Name the one thing that works best for you for symptom relief.

The funny this is, even though all doctors tell me heat is horrible for me a heating pad on breathmy legs or back eases the pain for a short amount of time. Of course, pain medication does help the pain, but I refuse to allow myself to be another statistic and become addicted.

Based on your experience, what is one thing that you would tell someone newly diagnosed with chronic illness?

The one thing I would tell someone that was newly diagnosed is something I wish I haddo-your-own-research-ask-questions-discover-your-own-truth-11298906.png been told is, do your own research and learn as much as you can about whatever illness you were diagnosed with. The truth is we are the only one that knows our body better than anyone ever could because no amount of schooling could teach that!

Why did you start blogging?

Be-An-AdvocateThere were several reasons why I wanted to start blogging. One reason was to be an advocate to illnesses and spread the awareness that is needed. Another reason is because of the pure love I have for writing and I also want to be able to help as many people as I can to know they are not alone in this battle.

Thank y’all for stopping by my site today and thank you to my nominees for being thank-you-volunteersthe incredible people you are! Life isn’t easy and living with a chronic illness tries to make things even more difficult, but together we prove these illnesses wrong! I hope if y’all have some free time you will check out my nominees sites and definitely view Melinda’s! I know you will never be disappointment you did so and will feel a sense of encouragement by reading what these individuals share! Thank you once again Melinda for all you do for everyone and the added help you have offered me!

download (6)I hope your weekend has started off great and only continues to get better. I do always appreciate the support you offer by reading and commenting on my posts. Never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

Sunshine Blogger Award!

Sunshine-Blogger-AwardThe Sunshine Blogger Award is recognition award for bloggers who inspire readers by promoting positivity and bringing joy. I want to thank Hillary Tan for nominating me for this amazing award! I was completely blown away that Hillary would even consider me for such an incredible award, but do feel very honored she did!  

Hillary has her own fantastic blog at https://sereneluna.wordpress.com and if you have not already visited her site, I strongly encourage you to do so! Hillary shares very real life events through her writing and I find her to be very uplifting! I can connect with Hillary so much and feel that we have known each other for years!

The Sunshine Blogger Award of course has rules (surprise, surprise!). These rules ensure the success of this award, providing exposure to all the award winners. The rules are quite simple and straightforward.  I would like to nominate everyone that is reading this, but unfortunately I am not able to. I know how busy y’all are and I wouldn’t feel right asking you to do anything additional, so there is NO pressure at all! I am coming up with 11 new questions and would love for anyone that wants to play along, to do so!rules

RULES FOR AWARD:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to their blog so others can find them.
  • Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.
  • Notify the nominees about it by commenting on one of their blog posts.
  • List the rules and display a Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or your blog site.

My questions from Hillary and my answers are:

  1. Why did you decide to start a blog? Originally, I started blogging because I have a real true love for writing. I also wanted to share my experiences about living with Multiple Sclerosis with others to hopefully make their struggles easier to manage. I know it can be lonely living with a chronic illness, so I wanted to show others they were not alone!
    2. What year did you publish your first blog post? The first post I published was in 2017.
  2. .What is your favourite thing about blogging? I think my favorite thing about blogging is the connections I have made with others. Many of my blogger friends have encouraged me when I was down and have helped get me though horrible times. I hope that I have been able to do the same for other bloggers as well!
    4. Do you own a pet? If so, what kind? I do own two amazing pets. Both of my pets are cats and bring SO much joy to my life. Our older cat, Chloe, we have had for 14 years. She is a precious little firecracker with a personality larger than her little 9 pound self. Our younger cat, Sundance, was adopted after his original owner past away. Sundance is a Himalayan and just a big ball of fur and love. His personality is pretty chilled. He loves to play and follow his big sister everywhere.
    5. Do you have any routines before you write a blog post? It depends on how I am feeling. If there is something I want to write about that takes research, I will write it out by hand first. Most often, I write straight from the heart and put my all into every post.
    6. What motivates you to write? Where do you find inspiration? Things I am passionate about motivate me to write. There are certain things that I can feel deep into my soul and want to share my thoughts. I want to write about things I have been through in life and how I made it through the struggles. I think if people are able to read about a struggle another has dealt with and how they managed because it gives hope to the reader.
    7. What country do you live in? United States
    8. Are you a coffee or tea drinker? I am not a coffee or tea drinker because I do not like hot beverages.
    9. Are you a morning person or a night person? I think I am more of a morning person. I say this because I tend to feel better until about 2 in the afternoon. It seems that after 2:00, the pain and fatigue hits me hard.
    10. What languages do you speak? Unfortunately, the only language I am fluent in is English. I did take Spanish in high school, but only remember a small amount. I want to learn more languages someday!
    11. What do you fear the most? I honestly think the thing I fear the most is people are going to continue to be full of hate. It seems like hatred has only grown and it breaks my heart.

1-My amazing nominees are:

http://renegade7x.com/

beckiesmentalmess.wordpress.com           

https://alonedeep.wordpress.com/

https://dinosaursdonkeysandms.com/

http://iscriblr.com/

https://mylilplace.com/

https://camiescozycorner.wordpress.com/

https://simplychronicallyill.com/

https://craftschronicillnessandadulting.wordpress.com/

https://merryfairy.wordpress.com/

https://groundinggrowth.com/

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My questions for my fabulous nominees are:

  1. How long have you been blogging for?
  2. What are your favorite parts of blogging?
  3. What motivated you to join the blogging community?
  4. Do you prefer cats or dogs?
  5. Where did you go on your last vacation?
  6. Are you a beach person or mountain person?
  7. What brings you the most joy in life?
  8. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you want to go?
  9. What is your dream job?
  10. What is your favorite motto?
  11. If you had three wishes, what would they be?

I appreciate y’all visiting my site today! Message for my nominees, please do not feel any downloadpressure to participate, I know y’all are busy and I do not like adding pressure to your life! I will of course enjoy and love reading your answers to my questions!! Anyone that hasn’t visited the sites of my nominees, I do know you will enjoy reading what they share as I know I always do!

I hope the end of your week goes absolutely wonderful and you are all feeling the best you 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❤

 

 

Pick-Me-Up-Thursday!

you-say-thursday-i-say-friday-eve-have-a-tayzerific-10147394Good morning y’all! Here’s to another week almost over and the first weekend of May in our sights! Do you have any plans for the weekend? Y’all know I try to not make any set in stone plans for the weekend because my work week is always planned out for me and I like to live in the moment when I am able to! Not that I am setting myself up for failure, but I do have several posts that I really want to get out before the weekend comes to an end again! The weekends just go by WAY too darn fast!!!

I found what I think is a great quote to use for a pick-me- up and I hope you will view it the same! I am really looking forward to reading your thoughts and I promise to respond as quickly as I possibly can, which of course won’t be until I get home from work!simple-ideas-good-morning-inspirational-quotes-never-lived-this-day-before-and-make-the-most-of-it-wording.jpg

Thank y’all so much for stopping by my site today! This is a much shorter post than I typically do, but honestly I am just really worn out from an incredibly long week! I hope your week went well and you are feeling as good as you are able to! 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!

monday_motivationGood morning y’all! I hope you had a fantastic weekend and you are ready to face another week! This week is not just any new week, we are also entering into a new month! How in the world did May get here so fast?? Today is definitely a great day to let go of anything negative that happened last week and start the new month off with a clear and positive mind!

There is always so much negative that occurs in the world today and it is not easy to swallow. For the life of me can not understand where all the hate came from. Y’all already know this about me, but I want to spread as much happiness and positivity as I can, whenever I can! I have a beautiful quote I want to share with y’all today and I hope it connects well with you!positive-quotes-brainyquote-positive-pictures-quotes-2

I appreciate you stopping by my site today and hope your week starts off wonderful! No matter what happens or what goes wrong, it is always so important to get back up, brush yourself off and push forward! Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of  ❤ love ❤, comfort and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

The past two days….

b95003c28f7647882e471ba62e268fc0The past two days have been truly awful for me! For some unknown reason, on Thursday the normal pain I face every day increased drastically. It was incredibly painful to walk and even to sit at my desk at work. I did push myself to make it through my day at work, but then did not go into the office on Friday. Between the pain I was dealing with and the massive migraine, I could not do anything.

My weekend was full with naps and ice packs on my head. It was not until this afternoon that I felt human again. I am not going to lie, I am still struggling with a minor headacheiceand pain, but I am hoping it does not get anywhere near as bad as it was for the past two days. I am used to dealing with pain of all kinds and can handle it rather well, but once the pain gets into my head, I am done!

There were things I had planned for this weekend and was not able to accomplish any of it. I was nominated for The Sunshine Blogger Award and had planned to do a post about it, but could not do it. Hillary Tan at https://sereneluna.wordpress.com is the sweet lady that nominated images (2)me and has been understanding with me not being able to do the acceptance post, yet! I promise I will do this post as soon as I am able to. In the meantime though, if you have not already viewed Hillary’s blog, I strongly encourage you to do so. Hillary has some great posts and I always enjoy reading her posts!

I hate that I felt so terrible all  weekend because I do have several posts that I have been working on to share with you. It might sound insane, but I feel helpless when I go an entire weekend without accomplishing anything. I am one that plans to rest some over the weekend, but to get things done around the house. I download (6)hope throughout the week, I will be able to complete the few posts I have started and be able to publish them!

I know y’all understand pain and migraines. I really hate that because I would not wish how I was feeling on anyone, well I am sure I can think of a few people that deserve the suffering feeling. Considering it is Sunday night and I am still battling with a slight headache and pain, I just hope the rest I had over the images (2)weekend will pay off. I am supposed to be at work tomorrow morning, I am very hopeful that I will be able to start the week better than last week ended. I will keep my positive outlook and know things will work out the way they are supposed to!

Thank you for stopping by my site tonight. I appreciate your support and the never-ending encouragement and understanding! I really hope your weekend was MUCH better than mine and you are feeling well! Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort and positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

Pick-Me-Up Thursday!

Not Thursday Friday EveGood morning y’all! I hope you have had a wonderful week and you are feeling well! I am so glad the weekend is almost here, but I think I say that every Thursday! Over the weekend, I plan to try teaching myself the new Editor with WordPress and definitely play catch up. There are many things I want to write about and share with y’all, but find it difficult to do during the week. Working full-time is a lot more difficult that I remember it being, but I will get there.

Of course I found a great quote that I want to share with y’all. I think it is a great pick-me-up after a long week, but I look forward to reading your thoughts!quotes-less-alone-deepak-chopra-600x411I think y’all know this about me by now, but I think everyone deserves to be treated equally and with respect. I strongly believe that we all have a beating heart and we have feelings. I am an advocate that it doesn’t matter your race, skin color, national origin, imagesreligious beliefs, sexual orientation or anything else that makes you a little different from another, respect and love ❤ should be given! I find it heartbreaking that there are others that think the opposite and if someone isn’t like them, they should be shunned and belittled. 

Thank y’all for stopping by my site today and I hope you have a great day!  Just think, one more day and we get two days do rest and recuperate. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤