One Year Blog Anniversary!

Good morning FriendsGood morning y’all! I hope your week has started off wonderfully and you are feeling good on this Tuesday morning or at least as good as possible! My Monday went fairly well and I was actually able to work six and a half very LONG hours! I found this to be great success and I was pretty happy about it! If I am being completely transparent with y’all though it was not easy because I was in pain, but I did make it! When I finally was in the comfort of my home, I received a message from WordPress that read:

 

“Happy Anniversary with WordPress.com!

You registered on WordPress.com one year ago.anniversary-2x

Thanks for flying with us. Keep up the good blogging.”

 

It is so hard to believe just one year ago I embarked upon my blogging adventure! I will admit that at first I knew absolutely nothing about blogs, how to blog or really anything about it at all and I was incredibly nervous about sharing my personal experiences with others. My thoughts and feelings have changed dramatically over this year with y’all and there has never been even one day that I regretted my decision to take this fabulous journey!

I have been so honored to be able to get to know so many fantastic and absolutely amazing people all around the world that really understand the struggles I deal with on a stranger-become-important-peopleday-to-day basis. It has been very humbling to have been nominated for numerous awards over this past year and receive many astonishing comments from fellow bloggers with praise for my positive outlooks and my perseverance with fighting this illness I live with. I feel that I have made some real true bonds and friendships with so many of you and I am far beyond thankful for each and every one of you! With your help I have gone from three followers to over 1,000 before my one year anniversary! My goals from when I first started my blog have not wavered as I am still very determined to spread as much positivity, compassion, encouragement and support as I possibly can!  Every word I share comes straight from the heart and will always be very real; I tend to not have the ability to sugar coat things because my thoughts are my reality.

So many of you have offered me some excellent advice and it has all been extremely appreciated! I value the connections I have made over this year and really look forward amazing-people-quotes-8to learning even more from y’all in the future! I sincerely hope that the posts I have shared thus far have been helpful and encouraging to you as well and I promise to continue sharing uplifting posts!

Thank y’all for visiting my site today and for always being so breathtakingly amazing! I hope you have a wonderful day and really do hope you are feeling as good as you possibly can! Of course your comments are always encouraged and I will respond to them as quickly as I can, unfortunately work has been busy so I can not respond until I get home from work, but I still will! As always, I am sending y’all LOTS of ❤love and comfort!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

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1,000+ Amazing Supporters!

1000 followersI started my blog on July 17, 2017 to raise awareness about Multiple Sclerosis, but also to encourage and inspire those that suffer from any chronic illness or just difficulties life has to offer us that we really do not want. I was just learning about the blogging community and I had only 3 followers, my husband, mother and mother-in-law. Since that time my blog has grown to over 1,000 amazing followers❤! I have learned so much from each and every one of you and I really hope that I have been able to do some good for you as well. I am so very thankful for y’all!!  I never thought that blogging would be so incredible but I am really glad I made the decision to start my blog!

I hope y’all are having a good week! I know you are probably happy that tomorrow is kindnessFriday and then we have the weekend to enjoy! I am definitely really glad the weekend is near considering I have not been feeling all that great. Y’all already know that I have been dealing with a lot of pain and headaches for weeks now without any help from my doctor! I reached out to my doctor on Monday to inform her about the fainting spells I was having, but there was NO response. Unfortunately the lack of caring from my doctor does not surprise me at all and it only makes me more excited to move soon and find a new doctor that will hopefully be more attentive!

I would really like to thank y’all for always being so amazing and caring! In our society kindtoday it is so hard to find people who really truly care about more than just themselves. It seems as though so many have adopted a selfish behavior, but none of you have gone that way in life! All of you are so caring, compassionate, sympathetic and empathetic for others and I appreciate this more than words can even begin to describe! Y’all have given me so much hope that love❤ and kindness still exists in this world!

Thank you for stopping by my site today! I always appreciate you taking the time to read and make fabulous comments, which I will always respond to as quickly as I can. Again, thank you so much for your continued support. I value all the friendships I have been able to make through this blog! As always I am sending you LOTS of❤ love and comfort!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

Happy Memorial Day 2018!

memorial-day-2018Do you know why Memorial Day really is meant to be celebrated? Or is this just a day businesses are closed giving us a long weekend? Or is Memorial Day when fashion rules say that you can wear white again? There is so much more behind this solemn occasion that should remember❤. There are so many veterans that have died while servicing in the country’s armed forces. These brave men and women gave their lives for our freedom and should be honored❤.

Many people get Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day confused, so please allow me to clarify thinkstockphotos-472330722these two holidays. As I already have stated, Memorial Day is meant to remember the men and women that died while serving their country. Veteran’s Day celebrates the service of all United States Military Veterans, which is also very important.

For Memorial Day, which is observed on the last Monday of May, flags across the country are lowered to a half-staff position only until noon and then they will be raised to a full-staff position for the remainder of the day. This is a way to show respect for the veteran’s bravery and selflessness and of course honor their memory!

I hope you have had a lovely and safe holiday weekend! At least this Monday was not a Happy-Memorial-Day-2018-Quotes-WIshes-Imagesday to dread by going back to work, but a Monday we can acknowledge those that gave their lives for our life and freedom. 

Thank you for visiting my site today. I hope the little information I have provided was not only interesting but great to read! I hope you have a wonderful Tuesday and you are feeling great after the long weekend! Of course I always appreciate your amazing comments and will respond to all of them just as quickly as I can! Please never forget that I am always sending you LOTS of❤ love and comfort!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

When bad days seem to outweigh the good days

bad days and good daysWe all have our good days when we feel border line normal, which is absolutely fantastic and treasured! Then we also have those bad days when we feel anything but normal and maybe even disconsolate. So what do you do when it seems as though the bad days are taking over those precious good days? I guess there is no use crying over spilled milk and we just continue our journey of life the best was can.

Y’all already know that I am typically a very optimistic and positive person, but then you also know how much pain can influence our attitudes. Pain and muscle spasms have funny-pain.jpgbeen making me absolutely and totally miserable, but I was still attempting to fight through how I was feeling because I do not want to allow my illness to win our war. Last night was the tip of the ice burg for me. Between my back hurting fiercely and from my knees to my tip toes achy and burning viciously, I could not get comfortable AT ALL. All I was trying to do was go to sleep so I could go into work today, but it was absolutely impossible! The combination of bad painfrustration, pain and being over tired I lashed out and was being very difficult towards my poor❤ husband, who was only trying to help me. Finally at about 2 am, even after my hateful attitude my sweet 💕husband helped surround my feet with ice packs to ease the horrible burning sensation I was experiencing. Given my miserable night, I ended up missing work today to try to rest and with the help of my husband hopefully start to feel a little more “normal” or as normal as I can be!

I am hopeful that tomorrow will be a better day and I will not be suffering in this much pain! I obviously do not like hurting, but I really hate when my attitude changes and I am just mean or at least I think I am mean. I am truly thankful for how understanding, supportive and ❤loving my husband is. We understand each other as we both live our lives with pain. I promise I am normally a lot more kind and helpful towards him, but last night was just a horrible night and thankfully he has forgiven my terrible attitude! Normally I do not do more than one post a day, but with being at home in excruciating pain it is helpful to let out those feelings knowing that y’all understand fully!

I appreciate you visiting my site today and really look forward to reading your amazing comments. I hope y’all had a great day today and I hope you are feeling well. As always, I am sending y’all LOTS of love and comfort!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

800 + Followers!

Sending best wishesSince starting my blog on July 17, 2017 with 3 fantastic supporters my husband, mother and mother in-law, I have had the opportunity to get to know so many incredible people all over the world❤. My goal for starting my blog was to raise the awareness about Multiple Sclerosis and I really wanted to help others battling Multiple Sclerosis and other chronic illnesses by offering support and endless encouragement. We all know that our daily lives are not easy with random symptoms that appear with and without warning, taking various medications, going to countless doctors’ appointments, being confronted with numerous challenges, being forced to accept innumerable changes to our lives daily, even hourly and so much more! It is never easy finding others that truly understand what our lives are like.💕 By creating this blog, I have been able to learn from so many others that live with Multiple Sclerosis and other chronic illnesses affecting their daily life how they find the strength and courage to keep moving forward!

In our society today, I think it can be really difficult to be “different” from everyone else. I do not believe being different should be frowned upon, but it should we should all be proud of our differences no matter what they may be💕. Whether our illness is visible by the way we walk or talk, or invisible it can be challenging. Some people have been forced to leave their career as it became too much to handle. Some people have even been forced out of their career because people have lost their ability to have compassion and empathy for others. That just is not right to cause anyone unnecessary stress and shame!

❤I am so excited and honored to be able to share this with you! As I said when I started my blog in July 2017, I had 3 followers and that was great. Now 10 months later I am 800+ Followersfortunate enough to have more than 800 amazing followers that I am able to get to know! ❤The individuals I have met through this blog have been absolutely amazing! I would say that starting my blog was one of the best decisions I have ever made as it has brought me so much joy! 🌷The numerous extraordinary people I have been able to make strong connections and friendships with has been beyond incredible! All of us know what it is like to live with a chronic and incurable illness so we are able to offer support and encouragement to each other! ❤Y’all have truly been a blessing in my life and I am thankful for each and every one of you!

💕I really want to thank all of you for continuing to follow my blog and making incredibly inspiring comments. Through the comments you make on my site and the communications we have on your own site, I feel like I have made so many lifelong 🌷friends! 💕Let me just say once again, thank y’all for your support, encouragement, great advice and never judging my crazy moments, because I do tend to have them! I hope y’all are having a fantastic week and I hope y’all are feeling well! As always, I am sending y’all LOTS of love and comfort!

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❤Always, Alyssa💕

Mother’s Day Tribute!

happy_mothers_day_butterflyMother’s Day is a day when we celebrate our mothers, but I think we should celebrate these incredible women every day! One day a year does not really seem like enough because these women are the ones that should have been who helped us become who we are today❤. Whether we learned from our mothers how we should behave or should not behave by following her example, it was an important lesson in our lives. No one is perfect, so maybe our mothers made mistakes, but we learned from those mistakes by witnessing the outcomes and will hopefully not make the same mistakes. In most situations, a mother’s love is true and pure so we should learn from that bond!

I am lucky enough to have a mother and mother in-law that love unconditionally💕! Both of these women are incredibly inspiring and encouraging, which I will be forever thankful for! On this day, I would like to wish both Dorianne Rushing❤ (my mother) and Carol Lovelace ❤(my mother in-law) a very Happy Mother’s Day. I would also like to thank both of these amazing women for your love and support through everything and anything! Through all the years, I do not know where I would be without the never ending love from my dear mother, as she really did play mother and father for a very long time!

I would also like to take this opportunity to wish all the mother’s reading this post a mothers-day-inspiring-quotes-thoughts-sayings76Happy Mother’s Day💕! I know y’all have all taught your children important values and always gave them the support they needed to succeed in life! I would also like to wish my sister in-law ❤a very Happy Mother’s Day! My sister in-law shows her beautiful and sweet little girl so much love and has taught her so much over her years with us! She is a special woman with a heart of gold! 

I hope y’all have had an amazing day! As always, I am sending y’all LOTS of ❤LOVE and comfort!

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Always, Alyssa

Top 50 Multiple Sclerosis Blogs

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Top 50 Multiple Sclerosis Blog

Good morning y’all! I want to wish you a great day and I hope you are feeling well! I actually received an email on Tuesday from Anuj Agarwal, the founder of Feedspot notifying me that my blog had been selected by the panelist as one of the top 50 Multiple Sclerosis blogs on the internet. I do want to share the link with you as well https://blog.feedspot.com/multiple_sclerosis_blogs/.

I am still at almost at a complete loss for words have found this out, but also so incredible thankful! It is an honor to be associated with blogs created by Jen with trippingthroughtreacle.wordpress.com, Heather and Dizzy at dinosaursdonkeysandms.com, Angela at fuckms.ca, Megan with bbhwithms.com, Ashleyslifewithms.wordpress.com and many others. These ladies are absolutely breathtaking and so full of inspiration; I only hope that I can live up to their standards with as much grace as they have!

I started my blog in July of 2017 with the intentions to not only raise awareness about Multiple Sclerosis, but also to inspire and encourage others battling this illness to keep moving forward and never give up! I have always believed that giving up is never an option no matter how difficult the journey becomes. I have wanted to share the experiences I have dealt with over the almost 18 years I have lived with Multiple Sclerosis to shine light on what you can and will overcome! I find it extremely important to always do our own research on ALL medications that may be suggested from the specialists because it is our body that will be dealing with the possible side effects and we all know our body’s way better than any doctor ever will!

Since starting my blog, I have had the opportunity to communicate with SO many people all over the world that are either living with Multiple Sclerosis or another chronic illness. All these of people have taught me so much about their illness and how they manage their illness, which has been very enlightening for me! Those that I have been able toMS Warrior have continued communication with about Multiple Sclerosis have also taught me a great deal about things I honestly did not know about or possibly was told but I ignored completely! When I was first diagnosed, I did not want to hear or believe ANYTHING my ❤sweet and patient doctor had to say, so it went in one ear and out the other. Sadly, most of what he said back then was actually true, who knew?

I feel privileged to have built so many ❤friendships with people in other states and countries because we have so much in common due to the struggles we face daily! This is a network of others that truly understand what it is like to live with an illness that does not yet have a cure, but hold onto the hopes a cure will be found sooner than later!

I would like to sincerely thank all of my followers for your continued support over the past 10 months❤! I appreciate everyone that takes the time to read my posts and make fabulous comments; this has enabled us to build great friendships even if we have not actually met in person! The support we are able to offer each other online is fantastic and incredibly helpful! For anyone that has not been able to visit Jen, Heather & Dizzy, Angela, Megan or Ashley’s site, they all provide great information and are truly lovely ladies, you will never regret checking out their sites💕! Always remember that I am sending y’all lots of love and comfort daily!

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Always, Alyssa