Let It Go Friday!

smile its fridayGood morning and happy Friday y’all! I hope you have had an excellent week without anything causing you sadness and or stress. I don’t think life was never meant to be easy, but it always comes with many struggles that only build our strength and character. Think about the something that has caused you to feel defeated and/or sad. Now think about how you made it through that difficult situation. You made it throughdont let it change your smile that difficult time because you were determined and strong enough to do so.

The quote I want to share with y’all is pretty powerful and completely doable! I really look forward to reading your thoughts about it and promise to respond as quickly as I can.let go 16

Thank you so much for stopping by my site today! I always appreciate you taking the time to not only read what I have shared, but also leaving fantastic comments. It really means a lot to me that no matter how behind I get in the blogging community, I images (7)still have your continued support!

I hope you have a wonderful day filled with tons of joy! I also hope you are able to do anything and everything you want over 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❤

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

1954290October is breast cancer awareness month and is very important for all of us to not only recognize, but pay close attention to. It is important to know that 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. I am sorry, I know this post is going to be rather long, but at the same time everything I am sharing with y’all is valuable information that could potentially help many.

Cancer is a broad term for a class of diseases that is characterized by abnormal cells growing and invading healthy cells in the body. Breast cancer starts in the cells of the breasts as a group of cancer cells that have spread to surrounding tissues or metastasized to other areas of the body. Cancer begins in the cells,breast cancer awareness month which are considered to be the basic building blocks making up tissue. The process of cell growth can go wrong and new cells form when the body really doesn’t need them and old damaged cells do not die. This process causes a buildup of cells causing a mass of tissues, known as a lump, growth, or a tumor. Breast cancer occurs when malignant tumors develop in the breast. Cancer cell cells spread by breaking away from the original tumor and enter into the blood or lymph vessels, which branch into tissues throughout the entire body.

Number-Check-1There are myths that caffeine, deodorant, antiperspirants, microwaves, cell phones, wearing underwire bras, implants, and plastic food serving items cause cancer. The truth is the causes or breast cancer is still unknown.

Women that have certain of the risk factors I will share with y’all are more likely to develop breast cancer than women with none of these risk factors. The following are known to be risk factors:

  • Even though breast cancer can affect men, it does occur 100 times more often in women.
  • Two of our three women with invasive breast cancer are diagnosed after the age of 55.
  • Occurs more often in Caucasian women than any other race.
  • Genetic factors of if a mother, sister, father, or child has been diagnosed with breast or ovarian cancer, the risk are higher.
  • Risks increase if a relative was diagnosed before age 50.
  • If you are diagnosed with breast cancer in one breast, there is an increased risk the other breast will developed cancer in the future.Together-We-Fight-Feature
  • Risk for breast cancer increases if abnormal breast cells have been previously detected, such as an atypical hyperplasia, Lobular Carcinoma in Situ (LCIS), or Ductal Carcinoma in Situ (DCIS).
  • Early menstruation (before age 12), late menopause (after 55), having your first child at an older age, or never having given birth at all.
  • Genome changes which is mutation in certain genes such as BRCA1, which is a human tumor suppressor gene and is responsible for repairing DNA. Or BRCA2, which is a gene chromosome 13 that normally helps suppress cell growth. A person that inherits gene mutation in a BCRA2 gene has a higher risk for breast, ovarian, prostate, or other types of cancer.
  • Dense breast tissue can increase the risks of breast cancer because it makes detection rfa-web-imageof lumps difficult. Many states have passed laws that require physicians to disclose to the patient if their mammogram shows they have dense breast and share what the risks are.

In addition to unavoidable risks, there are several avoidable risks for chances of breast cancer.

  • Lack of physical activity. Living a sedentary lifestyle can be quite unhealthy causing numerous other issues besides for a higher risk of developing breast cancer.
  • Poor diet that is high in saturated fats and a lack of fruits and vegetables.
  • Being overweight or being obese and already going through menopause.
  • Frequent consumption of alcohol. Basically, the more alcohol you consume, theBreast Cancer- Signs greater your risks are.
  • Radiation to the chest before age 30.
  • Combined hormone replacement therapy, which is prescribed for menopause increases the risk that when cancer is detected, it will be a more advantaged stage.

60-70% of women with breast cancer actually have no connection to any of these risk factors, but still 30-40% of women do have some connection to the known risk factors.

Signs & Symptoms of breast cancer:

Most with breast cancer symptoms will initially notice one of two symptoms, which do not automatically mean you have breast cancer.

  • While doing monthly self-breast exams, you will be able to notice any changes which should definitely be discussed with your physician.
  • Changes in how the breast and nipples feel:
  • Nipple tenderness or a lump in or near breast or underarm area.
  • Changes in the skin texture or enlargement of the pores in the skin. Some have described this as feeling like an orange peel.
  • Even though not all lumps are cancerous, it is still vital to discuss any new lumps or Breast-cancer-symptoms-e1546615295304changes to existing lumps with your physician.
  • Changes in appearance of the breast or nipple:
  • Any unexplainable size or shape of the breast.
  • Dimpling anywhere on the breast.
  • Unexplainable swelling to the breast, especially if it’s only one side.
  • Even though it is common for women to have one breast slightly larger than the other, if the change onset is recent, it should be discussed with a professional.
  • Nipple is turned slightly inward or inverted.
  • Breast, areola, or nipple skin becomes scaly, red, swollen, has ridges, or pitting resampling the skin to be orange.
  • Any discharged, whether clear, bloody, or milky should be discussed with your physician.

After it has been determined a person has a malignant tumor or diagnosed with breast cancer, the healthcare team will communicate the staging and how far the disease has already progressed.

Stages of breast cancer

Your healthcare professional will determine the size of tumor/abnormal cells and whether or not those cells are contained to the place of origin. The most common form of breast stage-0-dcis-819x1024cancer is Ductal Carcinoma In Situ (DCIS) which indicates the cancer cell growth starts in the milk ducts.

Stage 0 cancers are referred to as “Carcinoma In Situ”. Just to clarify a little of the term, “Carcinoma” means cancer and “In Situ” means in original place. The three types of “In Situ Carcinomas” of the breast tissue are:

  1. Ductal Carcinoma In Situ (DCIS) is a non-invasive cancer when abnormal cells were found in the lining of the breast milk ducts. This is a very early stage of cancer that is very treatable, however if left untreated or undetected it can spread into surrounding breast tissue.
  2. Lobular Carcinoma In Situ (LCIS) is generally not even considered to be cancer. It is really describing a growth of abnormal, but non-invasive cells form in the lobules. Even though according to experts this isn’t considered to be cancer, it may indicate a woman has an increased risk of developing breast cancer at some point.
  3. Paget- Disease of the nipple.

stage-1-breast-cancer-894x1024Stage 1 in breast cancer means that cancer is evident, but is contained to the area where first abnormal cells developed. Breast cancer being discovered in the early stage is actually good because it can be treated very effectively. Stage 1 can be divided into 2 categories which are Stage 1A and Stage 1B.

Stage 1A indicates the tumor is smaller than the size of a peanut and has not spread into the lymph nodes.

Stage 1B means either lymph nodes have evidence of cancer with small clusters of cells between approximately the size of a pinprick to the width of a grain of rice. OR NO tumor was actually found TO the tumor size is smaller than a peanut.

Stage 2 cancer means that even though the breast cancer is continuing to grow, it is still stage-2a-invasivecontained in the breast or the growth has only extended to the nearby lymph nodes. This stage is divided into two groups, Stage 2A and Stage 2B that are determined by the size of the tumor and if the cancer has spread to the lymph nodes.

Stage 2A describes both NO tumor was found and less than four auxiliary lymph nodes have cancer cells present. OR the tumor is small, less than 2 centimeters and less than four auxiliary lymph nodes have cancer cells present. OR the tumor is between 2 and 5 centimeters and has not spread to the lymph nodes.

           stage-2B-invasive Stage 2B means with the tumor is between 2 and 5 centimeters and has spread to less than 4 auxiliary lymph nodes. OR the tumor has not spread to any auxiliary lymph nodes and is larger than 5 centimeters.

Stage 3 cancer the breast cancer has spread beyond the immediate region of the tumor and has possibly invaded nearby lymph nodes and muscles, however the cancer has not spread to organ. Even though this stage is viewed as advanced, there are still many effective stage-3-invasivetreatments. Just like with the other stages of breast cancer, stage 3 is divided into three groups, Stage 3A, Stage 3B, and Stage 3C. These groups are determined by the size of the tumor and if the cancer has spread to the lymph node and surrounding tissue.

Stage 3A breast cancer will include one of the following descriptions:

  • stage-3A-invasive-870x1024There is no tumor associated with cancerous cells OR the tumor can be any size. Also as many as 9 nearby lymph nodes contain cancer.
  • The tumor is larger than the size of a small lime being more than 5 centimeter. In addition, small clusters approximately from .2mm to 2 mm of breast cancer cells are found in the lymph nodes.
  • Tumor size is over 5 centimeters and cancer has spread to 1-3 lymph nodes, either under the arm or near the breastbone.

Stage 3B breast cancer indicates the tumor is any size. At this point though, the cancer hasstage-3B-invasive invaded either the chest wall or breast skin with evidence of swelling, inflammation, or ulcers. It is also possible the breast cancer has seized up to 9 nearby lymph nodes.

Stage 3C breast cancer will indicate one of the following explanations

  • Like with inflammatory breast cancer, no tumor is found. OR the tumor may be any size. The cancer also has penetrated the stage-3C-invasive-840x1024chest wall or breast skin and invaded 10 or more lymph nodes under the arm.
  • NO tumor is present in the breast. OR tumor is any size, but also lymph nodes that extended to the collarbone area are found to contain cancer.

This stage may be inoperable, but it is still treatable!

Stage 4 breast cancer does indicate cancer has spread to other areas of the body, including brain, bones, lung, and the liver.

Even though Stage 4 breast cancer is stage-4-invasivethought to be incurable, there are still many advances that provide better research for treatments. Women can live longer by treating this disease like you would treat any other chronic illness.

Lastly, I want to discuss the how breast cancer is diagnosed. Breast cancer can be diagnosed through several different tests, including a mammogram, ultrasound, MRI, and a biopsy.

A mammogram is an x-ray of the breast. Screening mammograms are used to detect diagnostic-mammogrambreast cancer in women with not apparent symptoms. Diagnostic mammograms are used after there have been suspicious results on a screening mammogram or signs of breast cancer alert your physician.

There are differences been a typical screening mammogram and a diagnostic mammogram. A diagnostic mammogram takes larger because there are more x-rays taken from multiple different views. This also allows the radiologists administrating the test to zoom in on areas where there are suspicions of additional abnormalities. This type of mammogram can also locate tumors that are too small to feel. The diagnostic mammogram may also find Ductal Carcinoma In Situ, which are abnormal cells in the lining of the breast duct that can become invasive cancer in some women.ultrasound-diagnosing-lump

A breast ultrasound is a scan using penetrating sound waves not heard by humans and do not affect or damage the tissue. During the ultrasound the breast tissue will deflect the waves causing echoes. A computer then will use the echoes to create pictures of what is going on inside the tissue.

The MRI is important to get a variety of pictures and perspectives during the diagnostic examination. The MRI can provide access to the extent of the disease. While going through a MRI-1024x320breast MRI, a magnet that is connected to a computer transmits magnetic energy and radio waves through the breast tissue. The MRI creates detailed pictures of areas within the breast providing images to help a medical professional differentiate between normal and diseased tissue.

A biopsy removes tissues or sometimes fluid from the suspected area. Cells that are types-of-biopsies-702x1024removed are examined under a microscope and further tested for presence of breast cancer. A biopsy is the only diagnostic procedure that can determine if the suspected areas are cancerous. The good news about this is, 80% of women that have a biopsy done do not have cancer!

I hope you have had a great weekend. I want to thank you for visiting my site today and again I am sorry this was SO long. I used pink for this post because that is the color for breast cancer awareness.There is just so much information to share about breast cancer considering it does affect so many people’s lives. I hope this did give you information that was helpful and I do look forward to reading your comments. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort, and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic Violence AwarenessWhat is now is now known as Domestic Awareness Month, originally started in October 1981 by being one single day called “Day of Unity” conceived by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Sadly, most people think domestic violence affects only women, but the truth is it affects millions of people both male and female of any race, religion, culture, or status.

I am sure y’all already know what is considered domestic violence, but I am going to dig aGraphic_DVAM-cloud-CCADV little deeper into this for you. Although domestic violence is largely due to hitting, there are other factors that can be considered domestic violence as well. Yelling, humiliation, stalking, manipulation, coercion, threatening, isolation, stealing a paycheck, keeping tabs online, non-stop texting, constant use of the silent treatment and name calling are also considered domestic violence.

October is DVMThe US Department of Justice estimates 1.3 million women and 835,000 men are victims of physical violence by a partner each year. Nearly 3 out of 4 Americans personally know someone who either is or has been a victim of domestic violence. Every 9 seconds a woman in the United States is either beaten or assaulted by a current or ex significant other. While the numbers of woman that face domestic violence situations yearly are very high, 1 in 4 men will also be a victim of some form of physical violence.

The sad and horrifying statistics of deaths due to domestic violence yearly is absolutely mind-blowing. Let me break it down for y’all a little more, so you can see the numbers in domestic-violence-awareness-tshirt-2010comparison to another tragedy and why this is such a huge problem that cannot be overlooked. Between 2001 and 2012, the number of innocent lives in US Troops that were killed in combat in Afghanistan and Iraq was 6,488. The sheer amount of needless deaths of someone who thinks they are doing what is right for their country is terrible, right? According to the Huffington Post, during the same time line between 2001 and 2012, the number of women that were murdered by a male partner was almost doubled at 11,766 deaths. Stats also have stated 5% of male homicide victims are killed by an intimate partner.

vawa_origThe  Violence Against Women Act 💜 legislation was led by former Senator Joe Biden and signed into law by president Bill Clinton in September 1994. This law combined with new provisions held offenders accountable for their crimes and provided programs to serve the victims. Over the years since this law was first introduced it has only continued to improve and expanded. The law was modified in 2000 to create much needed legal assistance programs for the victims and also included responses to dating violence and stalking. In 2015 the law was improvised again to create new holistic response programs to meet the needs of survivors and communities, such as prevention, stop-violence-against-womenlandmark housing protection, and funding for rape crisis centers. Continuing to help more people, in 2013 the law was enhanced to access safety and justice for Native Americans and LGBTQ survivors. March 7, 2019 a Bipartisan bill to renew and improve the law was introduced and passed in the US House of Representatives to ensure survivors have access to lifesaving protections and services. Over the past 25 years this law has only broadened and improved protecting more individuals that face domestic violence. I cannot say with 100% certainty, but if we continue to build on this law maybe someday there will be no person that goes through these awful situations.

I think that instead of being criticized for staying in an abusive relationship, we should have empathy and try to understand the reasons. There are several reasons why a woman showimage.272142816_std-1will stay in an abusive relationship, even though she knows she should leave.

  1. Self-esteem was completely destroyed leaving them to feel useless and unlovable.
  2. There is a cycle to the abuse. What can be referred to as the honeymoon phase that follows the physical and or mental abuse can be very confusing. This phase makes the victim believe their partner actually loves them and is sorry for what occurred and listens when they are told it will never happen again. I find it so frustrating when someone says, “It will never happen again” because unfortunately it normally does happen again.654960404
  3. There is a danger in leaving the abuser. Women are 70 times more likely to be killed in the weeks that follow them leaving their abuser than any other time in the abusive relationship.
  4. The victim in the situation feels that they are personally responsible for their partner’s behavior. The victim will believe their abuser that everything that goes wrong in the relationship is their fault.
  5. Share a life together which may include marriage, children, home, pets, and finances making the victim feel they cannot leave because they do not have any other options and tend to feel trapped.

Some people do not know if they are in an abusive relationship, so instead of leaving they domestic-violence-awareness-monthquestion themselves and may even start to believe they are overreacting because the person they love would never intentionally hurt them. Below are just a few ways to know if you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship and needs to start making plans to leave.

  1. Your partner hits, beats, or tries to strangle you.
  2. Your partner is possessive. With this your partner will constantly check up on you and get angry if you do not do exactly what they tell you to do.
  3. Your partner is overly jealous. Small amounts of jealously is rather normal and even healthy, but if your partner is always accusing you of being unfaithful and or isolates you from your family and friends, their jealousy has gone way too far and is now very unhealthy.
  4. Your partner puts you down by attacking your looks, intelligence, mental health, and or your capabilities. Your partner may even blame you for their violent eruptions and tell you no one else would want you if you leave, but you are actually lucky to have them. This is a control mechanism that many believe to be true.photo for web page
  5. Your partner starts to threaten you and or your family and friends. You have already seen what your partner is capable of at this point, so that would cause worry for the safety of yourself and those important to you.
  6. Your partner physically or sexually abuses you. This means if they EVER push, shove, hit or make you have sex with them when you do not want to, even if this does not happen all the time, you are being abused. It does not matter if you have been in a relationship for a day, month, or years, you can still say NO to having sexual relations with them.

 

If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship, there is help and you are not alone. There is a lot of help available to get yourself or someone you know to a safe place. I NDMVHotlineFbkam going to share a few numbers where there are anonymous lines you can call for help!

US National Domestic Violence Hotline 800-799-7233 (SAFE)

US National Sexual Assault Hotline 800-656-4673 (HOPE)

US National Teen Dating Violence Hotline 866-331-9474

     There is also a text line text “loveis” to 77054

Thank you for visiting my site today and reading about Domestic Violence. I do sincerely hope this is something you never have to deal with, but if you do end up in this situation, speak to someone you trust. It is extremely heartbreaking for me to know how many havedomestic_violence experienced domestic violence in their lifetime. This is something I have witnessed in my younger days and know how hard it is. Admitting what is going on and reaching out for help is the first step. 

The weekends are incredibly short, so I hope you are feeling well and enjoying each day the best way 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❤

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❤

Unimaginable!

Sunday-QuoteJust for a moment try imagining if the unimaginable could actually be a possibility for you. What if there was a visitor’s pass that would allow for us to embrace and talk to a loved one that has passed away, would you do it? I can say without a shadow of a doubt, if this was an option, there would be several people I would love ❤ to see and talk to again

During difficult and emotionally draining times in life, I would give anything to have just one more minute with my grandfather. He had an ability to make even the craziest download (6)situations make sense and easy to handle. Any problems I would talk with him about, he would always tell me I would make the right decisions and they would be the best decision for me. In the rare times I felt like giving up, he would remind me that I wasn’t a quitter and even though I felt helpless, someone else was facing something a lot worse. This might seem crazy to most people, but I feel the presence of my grandfather every time a butterfly goes by me!

What would you do if faced with a situation you could go visit a loved one that passed away? We may never be offered a visitor’s pass to visit loved one’s that have passed away or feel their embrace or hear their voices, I do believe our loved ones that passed away are still living within our hearts and soul.

images (1)Thank you for stopping by my site today! I hope you have been able to enjoy your weekend to the fullest. I don’t know about y’all, but I am NOT at all ready for the new week to start, but it is going to happen regardless. I am sure it shows from this post, I was a having a slight emotional day. My emotions seem to be heightened when I have increased pain and do not feel 100%. I guess I might be on the mend from not feeling well at all on Friday, but it is taking it’s time. I was able to rest most of the weekend considering I really did not have any plans, but grocery shopping which I dread! Please know that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort, and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

Outlets are important!

environmental-writer-300x156Do you have an outlet from the pains that life hands us? I do believe having an outlet can be the most therapeutic thing for anyone, almost like a short escape from reality. It doesn’t matter if you write on a blog and share you deepest feelings with others or if you take time alone to write in a journal about your feelings, it is just important to get those emotions out. Releasing positive and or negative emotions can create so much true comfort!

Obviously y’all know I write on my blog as much as I can, but recently I have started download (5)writing in a journal as well. There might be times when I may not be ready or comfortable sharing how I am feeling with anyone yet and writing these feelings down in private offers me serenity. I find that writing down what is going through my mind at any given time allows me to reread what I am dealing with and gain some perspective. I think that by writing in a journal, I can just be honest with myself and not have to worry about what anyone else thinks or someone trying to tell me how I should feel or how I should cope with my struggles. There are many times that I just wanting to come up with solutions on my own, but then there of course times I do want advice.

I really do enjoy writing on my blog as well because this gives me a chance to not only outletshare with y’all, but also gain some amazing feedback from y’all!! I have told y’all many times before that I am very critical of my own writing, but reading your thoughts helps me in so many ways. I have always dreamed of being a writer and having freedom to write about whatever I want! My ultimate dream is to gain the confidence to write the book I have mulled over for many years. I do believe that if I continue writing on my blog, which I do intend to, I will gain a tremendous amount of knowledge from each of you and about my own skills.  I am very curious about what you consider an outlet. Is writing on your blog, writing in asunrise_music300[1] journal, or do you even consider writing to be an outlet at all?

I also consider music to be an outlet. It amazes me how much passion and meaning can be in just one simple song. I am sure what I take from any given song can be much different that it would anyone else and it might be a lot different than what the writer intended. I appreciate the creativity song writers hold and value what they are sharing with the world.

I am looking forward to reading what you consider an outlet to be and how it has helped you! I am so pleased to say that I do not have to work this weekend, which is allowing me to download (5)do things I really needed to do, like clean the house and rest. I know how crazy that just sounded, cleaning the house and resting seem like they are opposites, but for me being able to get the house nice and clean is a great feeling. Of course all the extra work did create a lot of pain for me, but now I am able to spend the remainder of the weekend resting and preparing myself for another LONG week at work and unfortunately I have to work next weekend!

Thank you for stopping by my site today! I hope you are enjoying your weekend and feeling well! Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort, and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

Fight the battle & Win the war!

images (2)Living life with a chronic illness that brings on pain is not easy, but letting that pain win the battle should not ever be an option. Of course it is easier said than done, but isn’t it worth trying? There might be days that it hurts to even get out of bed, but just lying in the bed solves absolutely nothing because the pain will is still there later on.

There are things that can be done to fight against the pain we may feel. Now this is just howlove your life more than you hate your pain I think and what I have tried training my mind to think and believe. It is amazing what we can trick our minds into believing! The things that work for me might not work for anyone else, after all we are all different. Sometimes simply taking a nice hot bubble bath can make a HUGE difference! I think it is something about the calming feeling of the warmth that eases my aching body. Of course, my doctor has told me numerous times that hot water isn’t 579ef8182e48d1ac880303bd79cb9696good for me because it is not supposed to mesh well with Multiple Sclerosis, but it helps me. It is just like while at work my heating pad becomes my best friend!

For me, as crazy as this will sound, if I try to keep moving I feel that my pain actually lessens. It does not make a whole lot of sense to me because I would think when it pain resting would be way more beneficial. I often think when I stop doing something like cleaning, doing laundry or any other household chore, my pain settles in and I feel so much worse! 

I also find it helpful to keep my mind preoccupied, so I do not have time to even think about images (5)pain I am feeling. This could be reading a good book, writing either on my own blog or commenting on another’s, watching some mindless TV show (my favorite is General Hospital, which I know sounds insane) or even watching a good movie (my favorites are anything from the Fast & The Furious). Little things can create a distraction for the mind and possibly alleviate our pains, even if it is for a short time.

Anyone that lives with any type of chronic illness understands that it can and does create various challenges. I think it is extremely important to discover ways to deal with these challenges and never stop searching for new ways to manage difficult times. I know I have mentioned Web-Ad-3this before, but I strongly feel the only way to fail is to give up.

The promise I made to myself years ago when I was first diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis was to never allow the illness defeat me. With a much more mature mindset now, I still value what my younger mind thought during one of the hardest times in my life. Nineteen years later, I will still keep this promise to myself.

Do y’all have any special ways you deal with your pain issues? All of us that struggle with this can understand one another and offer very valuable advice to each other. It does make me sad that anyone has to deal with constant pain, but at the same time it makes us so much dont-give-up-galaxy-hold-on-hope-Favim.com-1428490stronger! WE can fight this battle together and WE can win the war together!

Thank you so much for visiting my site today. I am sorry I missed my normal Motivational Monday quote, I was dealing with a massive migraine and wasn’t able to do it. I hope this will make up for that! Not only do I hope what I have shared beneficial for you, but also reassured you that you are not alone in the fight and we can win the war together. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort, and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤