Scoliosis Awareness Month!

images (13)Over the years I have known people that live with scoliosis. I remember there was a kid in my high school that had a very aggressive type which left him wheelchair bound. Then while working in a pediatrics unit in the hospital I came to know several children that had different forms with various severities of scoliosis. I did know a little about this illness many years ago scoliosis awareness monthbut it wasn’t until my ❤ mother received the diagnosis that I dove into research a little more. I hate that it sounds like I am just like most people, who do not know much about an illness until it affects someone they love because that really isn’t me. I did do some research when I saw children struggling with this disease, but of course I had forgotten many details.

June is Scoliosis Awareness Month, so I want to share some information I have learned recently about this disease. According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), Scoliosis scoliotic-spine-normal-spine_0affects 6-9 million people, which is about 2-3% of the population. This illness is characterized by an abnormal curvature of the spine. Just like all other ailments, there are different types that also have different severities involved. Something interesting I did recently learn is, it is  the speed and mechanism of the progression plays a vital role in determining the type of scoliosis any individual is facing.

I want to first start by explaining the three different categories there are with scoliosis.

  • Idiopathic- The cause of this is either unknown or there is no single factor contributing to the development of this disease.images (17)
  • Congenital- This typically results from a spinal defect that is present at birth and normally is detect at a much earlier age than those with Idiopathic form.
  • Neuromuscular- This is a spinal curvature which develops secondary to some type of neurological or muscular disease, such as muscular dystrophy or cerebral palsy. Unfortunately, this type does progress faster than the other forms.

I also want to share with y’all the seven different types of scoliosis.

  1. Congenital Scoliosis- This form is very rare and only affecting about 1 in 10,000 Xray - block and hemivertebrae_movednewborn babies. This does result from spinal abnormalities that develop in the womb. Fetal development malformation of the vertebrae is the most common cause. This may form from partial formation of certain bones or the absences of one of more bones in the spine. This can lead to sideway curvature of the spine, but can also cause a child to develop additional curves in the opposite directions. The symptoms of Congenital Scoliosis include: tilted shoulders, uneven waistline, and prominence of ribs on one side, head tilt and an overall appearance of the body leaning to one side. There are several diagnostic tests that can be done to confirm the diagnosis of scoliosis which include: EOS Imaging, x-rays, MRIs and CT scan.
  2. Early Onset and Adolescent Scoliosis-With Early Onset Scoliosis symptoms are presented prior to age 10. When children under age 10 are facing Scoliosis, it scoliosis-intervention-stagescan affect more than just their spine and can actually lead to malformed ribs which can affect their lung development. If the curves are mild, children with early onset scoliosis do not typically show any outward sign of spinal trouble. However, symptoms for these children include having uneven shoulders, asymmetrical contour of the waist, uneven hips, tilted head and leaning to one side. Treatment for children under the age of 10 is extremely important because they are still forming. Unfortunately lack of treatment can contribute to lung and heart problems that could lead to death due to heart and lung disease.
  3. Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis- This is one of the most common forms of scoliosis, which affects 4 out of 10 children between the ages 10-18 years oldimages (17) Spinal growth starts to slow by age 10, so when there is already a significant degree of curvature, the curve may continue progressing into adulthood. There are many theories about this type, which include possible hormone imbalances. 30% of patients with Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis have a family history of scoliosis, which suggests there is a genetic link. Most, but not all people do not experience pain or neurologic abnormalities and can even look normal. The symptoms come in the form of uneven shoulders, a rib hump or a leaning torso and can be associated with lower back pain.
  4. Degenerative Scoliosis (De Nova Scoliosis) – This is an adult late onset or de novo scoliosis which affects more than 60% of American’s. This is directly caused from imageage-related degeneration of the spine and those with no prior history of scoliosis. This is most commonly diagnosed in people over the age of 50. With this there is a sideways curvature of the spine that develops slowly overtime. Basically, this is the natural consequence of aging and the degeneration of joints and discs in the spine. The uneven degradation of the discs and joints can cause the spinal curvature to be more cobbangle-56a05ed35f9b58eba4b02649pronounced on one side. Commonly develops in the lumbar spine or lower back forming a slight C shape. According to the Cobb Angle, when the degree of sideways curvature exceeds 10°, it is diagnosed as Scoliosis. Symptoms include: dull aches or stiffness in the lower back, radiating pain that spreads to the legs, tingling sensation and weakness in the legs, frequent muscle fatigue, lower back pain, sharp pain in the legs that occurs while walking, but may subside during periods of rest.
  5. Neuromuscular Scoliosis- This type is a type of Idiopathic Scoliosis. This Scoliosis-Treatmentdevelops secondary to various other disorders of the spinal cord, brain and muscular system. The spinal curvature occurs when the nerves and muscles are not able to maintain proper alignment and balance of the spine and truck. The issues that can contribute to neuromuscular scoliosis are: Myelodysplasia, Cerebral Palsy, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, Freidrich Ataxia and Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Unless the spinal curvature becomes pronounced, there really is not any pain involved.
  6. Scheuermann’s Kyphosis- There are some differences between Kyphosis and maxresdefaultScoliosis that I would like to try explaining.  Kyphosis is defined as a forward rounding of the spine, whereas Scoliosis is defined as an abnormal curvature of the spine when being viewed from the front. Kyphosis typically affects the cervical and thoracic spine, where Scoliosis affects the lower and lumbar spine. Kyphosis does develop secondary to structural deformity in the vertebrae. The early known symptoms include: poorscoliosis-signs-and-symptomsposture, back pain, muscle fatigue and stiffness in the back. The symptoms remain fairly consistent and only worsen over time if the case is severe. One final piece of information regarding this disease is Kyphosis is typically diagnosed during adolescence.
  7. Syndromic Scoliosis- This is a form of scoliosis that develops secondary to other syndromes. It is commonly linked to Retts Syndrome, Beale’s Syndrome, Muscular Dystrophy, Osteochondrodystropy and various connective tissue disorders. Symptoms for this do not typically cause pain, but can cause discomfort and possibly images (16)some pain sitting when it is more severe.

Please forgive me for the length of this post. Y’all know that I try to keep things short, sweet, to the point and easy to read, but there was just so much important information I wanted share about scoliosis. Of course receiving this diagnosis would be quite scary and upsetting, but finding the right doctor that you trust will help to manage this disease. I do believe that staying positive and fighting for your own health is the only way to handle this diagnosis or really any diagnosis! It’s 2019 and I would really like to believe that science is improving and illnesses can be made easier to live with.

I really want to thank you for visiting my site today. I hope this long post provided youfd44ae30de3651ed37f779074b265b7f with information that whether you are the one dealing this disease, have a loved one who is or really just offered a slightly better understanding about this disease. I always believe it is important to educate ourselves on different issues, so we can have a better understanding to what others might be coping with! Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of    love ❤, comfort, and many positive vibes!

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It wasn’t meant to be easy

life has a funny wayLife has a funny way of throwing random things in our direction when they are least expected and often VERY unwanted. It definitely isn’t easy, but these are the times we must pick ourselves up, dust off the difficulties and strive to carry on!

For the most part, I think that the troubles we get faced with happen to remind us just how strong we truly are. We all go along through the motions of any given day and never stop to give ourselves the much deserved credit for the accomplishments we have made. Our daily routines have become so embedded into our minds that we just naturally react to every situation in the best way possible. Sometimes things will work out right the first time around and other times we have to try again! The best way to handle these situations is, NEVER GIVE UP! As long as we choose to not give up and remain determined to succeed, we will never fail.download (3)

What happens when something occurs that was so unexpected; it throws major a wrench in our day to day activities? Of course the process we need to go through may be challenging to figure out, but our minds will lead us in the right direction, if we just listen to our own intuition.

Sometimes life becomes more like a movie that is just set to automatic repeat, or at least it is for me. Monday-Friday every day is the same, which is perfectly fine and preferred. What some might call boring and predictable, I call calm and drama-free! With all the insanity that goes on in this world, who really needs additional drama? I actually love coming images (14)home to be greeted by my ❤ husband and two adorable cats❤! We eat dinner while watching our favorite shows and then just spend good quality time together. I will read, write or crochet in the evenings, so it is very calm, happy, and peaceful!

When I stop to think about how precious life is and how quickly things can change, I am thankful for what I do have in my life. Sure maybe life may have been easier if I didn’t have MS, but I do and I choose to continue living! I try to NOT think about what could have happened or what should have happened because really, what is the point? 63449-Life-Has-Many-Ways-Of-Testing-A-Person-s-WillAnything that did happen did so for reasons I may never know and that is okay. Hell, if it was not MS it may have been something far worse.  

My heart breaks for the people out there that do not have the faintest idea of what actually makes them happy. It almost seems as though these people got lost somewhere along the way and never managed to find themselves. I cannot say they did not try, but I might say they gave up the search. I have known people that went through some pretty severe depression, but even in their darkest hours knew a couple images (15)things that did bring them joy. Of course, those joys did often get shadowed over by their negative thoughts and bad situations, but they were still able to recognize a few positive things in their life. Unfortunately, I have also learned that I do not have the power to turn someone’s mind around when it is clouded with depression. In times like these, there is only one person that can create happiness and that is themselves. For instances, my mother has been struggling lately and neither herDPere-vWAAAeBey husband nor myself can make her truly happy, she needs to do that on her own. I hate to put that so bluntly, but it is the truth and I do think that any legit therapist would agree with me on this for anyone.

The sad reality is life can be harsh and painful, but it is how we handle it that counts. Challenges happen to everyone, no matter how you are or where you live. Unlike so many other things in this world, hard times do not discriminate and will try destroying anyone images (16)and anything that stands in the way. The good news is, if you never surrender and continue fighting back, those hard times will move onto its next victim.

Thank you so much for visiting my site today! I do encourage you to take a moment to leave a comment because I love knowing what you think of what I share. I hope you are having a pleasant day and you are 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❤

What brings you happiness?

Tough-times-dont-last-tough-people-do.-300x300There are many times during our lives when things get very difficult! I feel like it is important to do our best to push those feelings aside and not dwell on the negative. Is this easy? Absolutely NOT, but sitting around allowing for the hardships to dictate our life will never do us any good. I find that during the difficult times, we must try to think about what brings us joy. Maybe flooding our minds with the positives will actually bring them into reality; we will never know 100% unless we try it!

I want to ask you a question and really look forward to reading your response. To show how much I want to do the same, I will answer my question for y’all!beautiful times

What are five things that bring happiness to your life?

The answer to my question is:

  1. The love ❤ I share with my husband is quite powerful and never-ending.
  2. My two absolutely adorable and loving cats. I don’t think anyone could be around them and not find joy!
  3. It makes me very happy to be able to write what I want to 
  4. write about.
  5. The incredible connections I have been able to make through my blog. Y’all have truly been amazing and I am thankful for all of you!
  6. Travelling to new places when we are able or even travelling to places we have been many times before. The beach  is by far my preference.

motivational-quotes-for-someone-down-with-i-might-fall-but-will-not-stay-gym-2During times when I get very stressed or very upset, these are the things that can change my mood. My husband knows what I am feeling and thinking before I even say it out loud. Even though there was no consoling me after my accident, if he did not get to me as quickly as he did, I would have been much more upset and terrified! Both of my cats know when I am feeling horrible and or in pain, so they do not leave my side or shall I say my lap until they think I am feeling a little better! It is hilarious both of them trying to fit on my lap because even though the older cat is very petite, the younger one is a big boy!download (1)

I know I have said in earlier posts that writing is the best outlet for me.  Writing has always been one of my strongest passions and I have no doubt my love for writing will never fade. By continuing to read what I share, y’all are not only giving me the opportunity to continue to write, but also the chance to make great friends that truly understand!

During the truly frustrating times after the accident I had last week, I am trying my best 0fb54ae29b2fd5f0b57ec18d819ce11eto keep these positive things in my mind! We are currently waiting for the driver that was in this accident to accept responsibility because there needs to be payout for the repairs and a rental car for me. I will never understand this considering the police report stated clearly it was his fault! I mean who is really ever going to take responsibility for their wrong doings when they can just prolong the situation by either not answering calls or denying responsibility all together? It is pretty ridiculous, but I am trying to be patient which isn’t one of my strongest qualities.

Thank you for visiting my site today and I do look forward to reading your answer to my HOW_TO_THINK_WHEN_LIFE_GETS_DIFFICULTquestion! There are two options we have when it comes to being happy. One is we can hold onto and dwell on negative emotions or choose to remember the things that bring us the most joy in life and hold onto those instead! I do hope you will take a few moments to answer my question, but I understand if you aren’t able to. Of course I will love to learn what makes you happy and I will respond to all comments as soon as I 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!

monday 3Good morning y’all! I hope you had a lovely weekend and you were able to enjoy Mother’s Day! My weekend was very uneventful, which was nice and allowed for me to clean the house way more that I have been doing lately. My husband and I did not get to see our mothers on Sunday because my mother has not been feeling all that great and still healing. My mother-in-law was out of town and I hope she is getting some much needed fun times and relaxation!

It came to my attention last week, that there might be some people that do not enjoy or like posts about making Monday’s a little less dreaded and much more positive.download (7) Everyone is entitled to their own opinions and I respect the feelings y’all have about everything. If I am being totally honest, I have never been a fan of Monday morning and it is only because I have to go back to waking up WAY too early! I try my best to add a little sunshine to Monday mornings, but please let me know if these are not enjoyable for you at all!

The quote I want to share with y’all today speaks volumes to me and I would love to know what you think of it! I am trying to always remind myself of this when times get a little difficult and or frustrating!past can't change

download (10)I am continuing to teach myself to not dwell on anything that happened in the past  because it just a waste of precious time. We are not able to hit a rewind button and go back to a time when something went wrong, so it is just best to learn a valuable lesson from any unfortunate events we go through!

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit my site today!  I always appreciate your fabulous comments because y’all add so much to my life! I hope y’all have a fantastic start to the week and you are 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❤

Motivational Monday!

great weekGood morning y’all! I hope you had a wonderful weekend and you are ready to start this new week with pure determination! Last week wasn’t too awful for me, but one thing did happen on Friday afternoon that caused me to be very irritated. Even though the end of last week wasn’t all that great, I am planning to go into this week with positive thoughts and forgetting about the negative that occurred!

Can you believe, it’s almost May! I know I have mentioned this before, but time is just flying by WAY TOO FAST. I still do not know where the beginning of the year went, however I do plan to enjoy the rest of this year the best I can!

Let’s start this week off with a quote that I really love! I hope you will enjoy this and see the truth in the words as much as I do. someday

I was so excited that I found this because this is something I have always lived by. To get through the hard times in life, I remind myself continuously that everything in life happens for a reason. I always believed that nothing we go through in life is by accident,download but for a reason we may never know. Maybe things we experience teach us how to be more compassionate or learn how to be more patient, whatever the reasons may be they make us stronger and even better than we were before. 

Thank you for starting your week off visiting my site. I always appreciate your support and love reading what you think about what I have shared. I hope I am able to bring positivity and encouragement  to your life through the words I write. I hope you have a great day and you are feeling well! Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love❤, compassion and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

New fabulous friends!

because of youAfter a lot of soul-searching and debate with myself due to fear of ridicule and possible judgments, I finally entered the blogging community in July 2017. I must say, this was one of the best decisions I have ever made and have never once regretted this adventure!

There are numerous reasons I started and continue blogging as much as I can. For starters, I have had the opportunity to connect with over 1,500 amazing people world-wide. Some of the people I have bonded with also have Multiple Sclerosis or other chronic illnesses that are not easy to live with, but others just enjoy writing and spreading cheer just as much as I do and this alone is a wonderful thing!

Those that battle life with a chronic illness have shared what they are going through and how they manage these hard times. It is great to be ablethankful to gain knowledge and strength from a person that really understands my struggles. Of course as much as I do hate knowing others are forced to deal with the painful issues I deal with, it is also unbelievable to be able to join together knowing we are not alone with this fight and how much we can help one another through various issues. 

It is very realAnother reason I wanted to be part of this community is because I really wanted to raise as much awareness about Multiple Sclerosis as I can. All those years ago when I was diagnosed, it would have been VERY helpful if I had this outlet. I was pretty young and absolutely terrified when I heard the doctor tell me what I was going to be living with. I felt like I had no one to talk to that could fully understand how I was feeling and sadly this was a lonely feeling. I have always wanted to help those that have been newly diagnosed and those who have lived with MS for years.  I wanted assure them they are a not alone and their life didn’t end when they were diagnosed. I want everyone to know that even though some things may need to be altered, life can still move forward to live a happy life!

Another thing blogging has given me is the opportunity to do something I have always loved and enjoyed, I am able to write aboutmichelle-l-buckley-quote-writing-is-the-indelible-fingerprint-of-my anything I want! Writing has always been the best therapy for me.  There have been difficult times throughout my life when writing has helped me more than anything else could and still does to this day! I honestly think that writing is the most writing-quote-3healthy outlet a person can have!

The friends I have made through my blogging journey have been a true blessing to my life. Even though I have not met any of them in person, I still feel like I have known them for years, if that makes any sense. I really want to thank all my ❤ blogging friends from the bottom of my heart ❤ for all the happiness and hope y’all have brought into my life. So many of you have been with me since day one or at least week one and read about the difficult times life has thrown my way and opened new chapters of life with thanksme. Y’all have offered me so much kindness, support and fantastic words of wisdom that have helped me so much! There really aren’t words that could even begin to describe how thankful I am for you!

I am looking forward to getting to know you even more by continuing to read your brilliant posts! I sincerely hope y’all will continue to enjoy what I share as well and I love  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❤

Rain, Rain, please go away!

Rain stay awayGood evening y’all! I am just curious, how do y’all feel about rainy days? Personally, I have very mixed emotions about this for SO many reasons. In one sense, rainy days give us the perfect excuse to not leave the house! We don’t have to get up shower, fix our hair and put makeup on for that matter. Staying at home where we can stay warm, dry and cozy snuggled up on the couch with a loving pet/pets or our significant other.

The rainy days 🌧also give the opportunity to binge watch Netflix, which I am guilty of with Gossip Girls. Try not to laugh too hard at me with this, but I know it is kind of rainy days goodamusing! If you don’t care much about Netflix or not have it we can sit around watching our favorite old movies or new ones we want to watch, read that book we have been pushing off far too long, catch up on much-needed and well-deserved rest or even just do literally nothing at all! The part about catching up on rest can be very easy because the sound of the rain 🌧 falling down can be very soothing or at least it is for me!

On the other hand, rain 🌧 can and does produce much higher amounts of horrible i-am-in-pain-you-just-dont-know-it-cause-i-smile-through-the-rain-and-refuse-to-show-it.pain.When you are already forced to deal with massive pain on just a normal day, the additional pain endured can be down right miserable.

When all there is to view outside is rain clouds ☁ and dreary weather, the simple lack of sunshine can cause much sadness. If you combine rainy 🌧 weather with someone who might already be experiencing other personal struggles, this can possibly send someone into a very negative tailspin of depression. However, it is just as likely this horrible combination can simply create temporary isolation from others and the outside world. The temporary isolation and depression can improve in its own time, which really can’t be rushed.

Even though it is very common for rainy  days 🌧 to cause minor drowsiness, it can progresssleep into pure exhaustion. This feeling can also include a lack of motivation and ambition. During this time, it isn’t easy to get the most simple tasks completed because the normal energy we have escapes us for a short time.

When ALL you have seen for 12 days straight is rain 🌧, the absolute WORST thing possible  to do is read or watch the weather updates. I know this because that is exactly what I did on Friday afternoon. It was so sad because the weatherman was predicting 60%-80% chances of rain 🌧 for several more days. I mean come on, it already rained 🌧 for 12 days and there was flooding in many areas. Sometimes I am logical and understand that predictions can change several times without much warning. I guess we are all just at the mercy of Mother Nature and we all know she will do whatever she pleases with little to no explanation!

break-from-rain.jpgNow on a positive note, finally after all those days of rain, I am getting a three-day break from rain!!! Hopefully all of my excitement won’t scare off the sun ☀ in my near future! I was thrilled when I woke up today and saw that foreign beauty ☀ in the sky! It wasn’t really cold today where I live, but it was incredibly windy. Honestly I would much prefer windy, chilly and sunny as opposed to cold and wet any day!

Thank y’all for taking time out of your evening to stop by my site! I do always appreciate all imagesof your support and great comments. Let me just ask, how was your weekend? I do hope you had a pleasant one and were able to do the things that bring you the most joy. I hope the last few hours of the weekend are delightful and you are getting yourself prepared for a new week! I do look forward to reading your comments and I 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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