Early Parkinson’s Disease

parkinson ribbobParkinson’s disease was first discovered in 1817 in London by James Parkinson as a neurological syndrome. In the earlier years Parkinson’s was referred to as “Shaking Palsy”, in which James Parkinson wrote and published an essay about. As the years and research carried on, Parkinson’s disease was coined by William Sanders but then popularized by the same French Neurologist that founded Multiple Sclerosis, Jean Martin-Charcot.

There are numerous signs that a person may display before they are officially diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. No single one of these signs indicate Parkinson’s, but if more than one signs are showing it might be important to schedule an appointment with a doctor to be able to rule out Parkinson’s.

  1. Tremors while resting.
  • Slight shaking in finger, thumb or chin
  • Shaking can be normal after exercising and or stress. Shaking can occur with certain medications as well. Shaking should stop once you rest after exercising or calm down after being stressed. Shaking from medication should stop once the medication is discontinued.

2. Small Handwriting:

  • When writing letters have become much smaller than it was in the past and cramped together. This condition is referred to as Micrographia.
  • It can be normal for handwriting to change with age or if you have stiff hands or fingers or are dealing with other conditions such as arthritis.

3. Loss of smell:

  • Trouble smelling foods like bananas, dill pickles or licorice.parkinson
  • It is common for smell to change by a cold, flu or stuffy nose, but the smell will return to normal in when situations heal.

4. Trouble sleeping:

  • Thrashing around in bed or acting out dreams while deeply asleep or sudden movements during asleep.
  • We all have nights we toss and turn instead of sleep, but that is common because we do have good nights of sleep. Quick jerks of the body with initiation of sleep or when in a lighter sleep are common.

5. Trouble moving or walking:

  • Stiff feeling in body, arms or legs that does not go away. Your arms do not swing like they use to when walking. Stiffness or pain in shoulders and or hips.
  • It is normal to experience stiffness if there has been an injury to the arms or shoulder, but if there has not been any injury and the sensation does not go away, it is a good idea to speak to a doctor about these issues.

6. Constipation:

  • Straining to move your bowels is very unhealthy.
  • Not having enough water or fiber in your diet and certain medications can lead to constipation, so once you eliminate or correct those factors, the constipation should clear up.

7. Soft or low voice:

  • Significant and noticeable changes in the voice.
  • Chest colds and other viruses can alter the voice, but will go away and voice will return to normal once the illness is gone.

8. Masked Face: Serious, depressed or mad facial expression on face

9. Dizziness or Fainting:

  • Feeling dizzy or fainting regularly when stand up from chair.
  • Dizziness and fainting can be a sign of low blood pressure as well.

10. Stooping or hunching over when standing up and you used to be able to stand up straight.

Just like when I wrote about Multiple Sclerosis, I was pretty shocked on just how long this disease has been around for. I also found it pretty amazing that one of the Neurologists that was researching Parkinson’s Disease also did much research on Multiple Sclerosis. I fully understand that Parkinson’s disease and Multiple Sclerosis are vastly different, but they are both Neurological issues that affect daily life, so maybe that is one reason I understand my step father as much as I do. When my husband and I are around him, I am very aware of any changes my step father is experiencing. As a strong nature man I know this disease bothers him because he is not able to do all the things he use to do. This man had a strong passion for model airplanes and loved flying them, but hope and cure parkinsonnow due to the shaking finds it difficult to fly the planes. It breaks my heart to see him suffer and I do hope that cure will be founded soon. Being a man that I love and respect, I will never stop being on his support team! There are way too many people around the world that suffer with this disease, but just like my step father they all keep fighting. I try to offer my step father encouraging words and lift his spirits as much as I can because he needs that extra support. I always tell him how well he is doing and that keeping up the battle against Parkinson’s might be difficult, but will pay off in the long run. Sadly, I can completely relate to how he feels fighting a battle that seems impossible, but giving up will never be an option for either of us!

I appreciate y’all visiting my site today and I would love to read your comments. Please stay tuned for more information regarding Parkinson’s Disease as my next post will be about the different symptoms a person may go through after they have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s. I have found that there are Primary and Secondary Symptoms Parkinson’s warriors may deal with.

I hope y’all have had a lovely and enjoyable weekend! It seems as though the weather is trying to be spring, but has a bad moment from time to time sending chilly weather our way. I hope the rest of your Sunday is relaxing as you prepare for another new week! As always, I am sending y’all lots of love and comfort!

Love 2

Always, Alyssa

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Sunshine Blogger Award!

sunshine-bloggerI have to say that I am beyond grateful and shocked that I have been nominated for the Sunshine Bloggers Award! Being nominated for an award that recognizes those who are inspirational and positive means more to me that I can even begin to describe! My goals since starting my blog have been to be able to inspire, motivate and encourage others through the positive attitude I try so hard to hold on to! I am so thrilled to see that I do bring some sunshine and happiness to those reading my posts!

The Rules:

  1. Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you in a blog post and make a link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions sent to you by the person who nominated you.
  3. Nominate up to 11 new blogs to receive the award, and then write them 11 new questions.
  4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or your blog.

 

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Heartfelt thank you!

I want to send one of the biggest thanks to the amazing Hillary https://hillaryrobyn.com/ for thinking to nominate me for such a fantastic award! Your blog is absolutely wonderful and extremely inspiring! By reading your blog, I have learned how many obstacles you have overcome with so much courage and strength. You are so humble with how much you have achieved in life, which is a great quality to have! It is so obvious how much you love your husband and just how much love he has brought into your life!

Questions & Answers

  1. What is your favorite past time? I have a few past times which include spending time with my husband and beautiful and loving cats! I love watching a good movie with my husband at my side and my cats eight on my lap or laying beside me. Past times also include reading, writing and traveling when I am able to!

 

  1. Do you have any hobbies? If so, what are they? I do have a few hobbies. It is probably pretty obvious that I love to write! Writing helps give me so much perspective on life and how to get through the hard times life throws at me! I also love to read a good book. I think the best authors are James Patterson, Nicholas Sparks and a newer author I discovered from Australia, Kelly Rimmer. If y’all have not checked out Kelly Rimmer, I strongly encourage you to check out her books they are wonderful https://kellyrimmer.com/. 

 

 

  1. Who is your biggest inspiration in life, personally? My grandfather was one of my biggest inspirations in life. He was so full of love and did not know hate, which is so uncommon in today’s world. I saw so much truth and passion in this man. I have always wanted to do my best to be as much like him as I possibly can because I want to continue making him proud because even though he is watching down from Heaven, he is still watching how I live my life! Honestly, I also think that Kelly Rimmer inspires me with her amazing writing abilities as well! If I could someday be even half the writer she is, I would be very pleased and proud! 

 

  1. Who is your biggest inspiration in life, professionally? Professionally, I would say the one of my previous managers was my biggest inspiration. Mary Close Hall was my manager for years before and this woman has so much knowledge on how to lead in an ethical and caring way. She taught me more than she will ever know and unfortunately we work for different companies now, but I still compare any manager I have to her, knowing full well they will never compare! Mary always encouraged me and thought that I could accomplish my goals, so I am so thankful for this woman!

 

 

  1. What is your biggest goal in life? My biggest goal in life is to someday be able to write a book. I do have an outline put together for the book I want to write, but just need to take the time to actually do it!

 

  1. Where do you find ideas to write about? I write about things that matter to me and hope they will help others that might be dealing with something similar. I have always written about things that are affecting my life and how I am working through them. I write about things that I want to raise some awareness to and really hope that these topics give others the knowledge that I think is very important!

 

 

  1. What makes you want to write? I have loved to write since I was a child. Writing allows for me to get all the emotions I have, that might be bottled up out of my mind and making life a little more happy and stress-free. I want to be able to help others that might be struggling and I feel that writing about some topics might do just that!

 

  1. When are you at your “best”? I think that I am pretty good at listening to others and do my best to help them through their struggles.

 

 

  1. What motivates you in life? I think what motivates me in life is finding the positive in a bad situation. Life can be very difficult sometimes and I do strongly believe that holding onto negative emotions will hinder the positive light from coming through.

 

  1. Where is your favorite place to write? My favorite place to write is in the comfort and peace of my home. A quiet place to write is ideal, but there are times I have random ideas that I want to elaborate on so I will put those thoughts in a note to self on my phone and work more on those thoughts at a later time.

 

 

  1. How do you handle writer’s block? Writer’s block can be so incredibly frustrating, but I have found that taking a break and doing something else will clear my mind some. Clearing my mind and not putting any pressure on myself to write tends to help the flow a great deal!

 

My Incredible Nominees are:

https://bipolarbrat.wordpress.com/  Casey

http://invisiblyme.com/ Caz

https://mymsrollercoasterride.wordpress.com/ Toni

https://www.theincurabledreamer.com/ Tanya

http://www.acreativenewmie.com/ Amber

https://lookingforthelight.blog/ Melinda

There are so many more blogs that I would love to be able to nominate because there are so many wonderful people out there, but it would take pages! I am so excited to be able to read the answers of those that I have nominated, but also please do not feel any kind of pressure just have fun with the questions! 

Questions for my Fantastic Nominees Are:

  1. Do you remember the dreams you have at night and if so what was your last dream?
  2. How do you move past your greatest fears in life?
  3. Do you believe in karma? Why or why not?
  4. Who or what keeps you inspired and why?
  5. Do you believe angels are real? Why or why not?
  6. Do you enjoy reading and if so what types of books do you enjoy most?
  7. What is your favorite type of music?
  8. What is your favorite kind of animal?
  9. If you had the ability to fly, would you do so?
  10. What would be your dream place to live?
  11. What has been your best and greatest achievement so far in life?

Thank y’all for visiting my site today! I hope you have a great and enjoyable weekend! If you have not already visited the blogs that I have nominated for the Sunshine Bloggers Award, they are all definitely worth visiting! Also, if you enjoy reading a good book, visiting Kelly Rimmer’s website would be more than worth it! I have read all of her books and NEVER been disappointed. I waited for a long time for her newest book and so far, it is incredible!!! I am always sending y’all lots of love and comfort!

Love 2

Always, Alyssa

Successful appointments can happen!

Friday EveHappy Friday Eve Y’all! I hope you have had a fantastic day! I was having so much anxiety over my doctor’s appointment today because I had been given a run around with this doctor. I went into this appointment very prepared with pages of notes so I would not miss a thing and also had no expectations at all! To my surprise, everything went the right and ethical way!

It was not until recently that I have started going into my appointments with notes because I tend to forget at least one thing because I often feel rushed knowing the doctor has other patients waiting. I have learned that it is very important to take control of the appointment and be very prepared so no time is wasted. By taking control and knowing exactly what you want out of the appointment it shows the doctor that you have expectations of the appointment and demand quality care! These doctors see so many patients each day that they probably feel overwhelmed, even if they do not say those words out loud. I will admit I have learned that if I keep my expectations of my determinedappointments relatively low, I will not be frustrated and disappointed. Today’s appointment went very well and my doctor even apologized to me for all that I have gone through these past couple of weeks!

I think it is extremely important that even when things seem like they are all going wrong, to find it within yourself to never give up! In my opinion, giving up is the only way to truly fail! I have spent a few weeks now fighting for my rights to live a life as pain-free as possible and all my fighting has paid off! I have fought for myself with two different doctors and things are all going right for me now. Sometimes you have to fight in a pleasant way, if that makes any sense. It is so true that you get more flies with honey, so handling all situations in a positive and since way works for the best!

Thank you for visiting my site today and I look forward to reading your comments. I promise you that I will respond to all of your comments just as quickly as I can! I hope you have an amazing and relaxing evening! On an extremely positive note, tomorrow is Friday and then we have the weekend to enjoy ourselves! As always, I am sending y’all lots of love and comfort!!

Love 2

Always, Alyssa

Stages of Parkinson’s Disease

april parkinsonApril is Parkinson’s Awareness Month, so I really want to write a little about this disease. I am doing this not just because it is Parkinson’s Awareness Month, but also because someone very close to me is suffering with this disease. My step father is battling Parkinson’s with as much strength as he has and will not let it defeat him! Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative disorder that can lead to progressive deterioration of motor function due to loss of dopamine-producing brain cells.

We all learned many years ago about Michael J Fox announcing his personal battle with this disease at the young age of 29, but so many others are fighting this disease! Parkinson’s affects 1 million people just in the United States, but also affects more than 10 million worldwide. Typically the onset of Parkinson’s is at the age of 60 and it affects men 50% more than that of women. According to the Parkinson’s Foundation there will michael j foxbe 60,000 each year diagnosed with Parkinson’s. That sounds like an astonishing number of people who have to deal with this disease and there is still not a cure as of yet.

There are five stages that take place with Parkinson’s disease.

Stage 1: Symptoms are mild and do not interfere with quality of life.

Stage 2: Symptoms will worsen and daily activities become more difficult and take additional time to complete.

Stage 3: This is the mid-stage of the disease. Symptoms may be loss of balance, move slower and falls are common. During this stage, symptoms impair daily activities more so than before.

Stage 4: Symptoms become more severe and assistance walking and performing daily activities is needed.

Stage 5: This is the most advanced stage of this disease. The individual is unable to walk and will need full-time assistance living.

Now despite these various stages with the proper treatment people can live a full and productive life. The life expectancy for those battling Parkinson’s is no different from someone without the disease. Of course things can happen, but as long as the person living with Parkinson’s is following the doctor’s recommendations and has a strong support system, they will survive another day!

This was just my introductory post about Parkinson’s. In the next posts, I will talk about the various symptoms and treatments available. Like I already said, there is not a cure for Parkinson’s available yet, but there are things that can be done to slow the progression down. I know that every chance I get, I try to stay on my step father to hope and cure parkinsonensure he is taking his medicine as directed. I know it is not easy for him to get the exercise that he should, but I feel he does what he can. Now that spring is here he is able to do yard work and make his lawn look beautiful. For him having a nice looking yard makes him very proud! 

I hope y’all had a nice Wednesday and your week has been great! Thankfully the weekend is right around the corner and we can do what makes us happy! As y’all know I have another doctor’s appointment tomorrow where I will be fighting for my rights to have a life as pain-free as possible. We will see how that goes!

I hope y’all have a great and relaxing evening! I always appreciate you taking the time to visit my site and I love to read your comments! I will respond to all of your comments as soon as I can! Sending y’all lots of love and comfort!

Love 2

Always, Alyssa

Happy Easter!

Happy EasterGood Evening Y’all! I hope you had a wonderful Easter Weekend! My hopes for all of you is that you had a peaceful and joyful weekend and were able to spend time with family! A weekend full of love and happiness is well deserved for all of you!

April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month, so I will be doing a few posts with information about Parkinson throughout the month. There is a very special person in my life that battles with this illness, so I will be doing this to honor him and his fight! Just like Multiple Sclerosis, there is no cure for Parkinson yet! My step father is a pretty strong and incredible man and I have faith in him to never give up his battle!

Thank you for visiting my site today and I do love to read your comments. I will respond to all comments as quickly as I can! As always, I am sending y’all lots of love and comfort!! Never let go of your optimistic views and stand strong your battles with illness, someday you will win!

Love 2

Always, Alyssa

Last day of March!

MS AwarenessAs you already know today is the last day of March and Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month. Has it been a pretty good month for y’all or have things been like a carbon copy of February? I feel like things are about the same with most things in life. The political world seems like it is still a bit of a mess with a little too much drama for me! Too many grown men acting like children in a playground! We can continue to hope for better times though and even if everyone around us continues to act the same, we can all just stay optimistic and happy with what we have been blessed with in life!

I can say that I have learned so much about how to handle doctor’s appointments better! I use to go into the appointments with many things I wanted to discuss, but then always would get distracted and feel rushed normally by the doctors actions. It never failed, I would leave the appointment and remember things I needed to get answers to and be angry with myself for forgetting. This last appointment I had everything I had questions about written down, which was wonderful because at the end of the appointment I looked at my notes and almost forgot one important question! As y’all know I have another appointment on Thursday and I know already I need to be very prepared and honestly keep my expectations low just so I will not be upset afterwards. I feel my upcoming appointment is pretty important because I am going in fighting for myself and my well-being!

At the end of MS Awareness month, I want to say I hope those that were not familiar with MS learned a lot and those battling MS gained even more knowledge. MS is definitely not the easiest illness to live with, not that any really are easy, but at the same time we all handle it as well as we can! It is a very unpredictable and at times extremely painful illness to live with, but MS Warrior 2there is no use dwelling on that. Dwelling on what we have to live with only causes more issues in the long run. It is extremely important to do our best to remain positive and stand strong to how we manage our illness. Giving up on our hopes for a cure will not make it happen any faster and will not help us living today! I feel very strongly that we all, no matter what our struggles are must live in the now. Living in the past will not change anything, but it might hinder our present times! We all should have already learned from our past experiences and therefore let it all go and moved on!

I hope y’all are enjoying your weekend! Hopefully the weather is beautiful for you and you are able to get a little sunshine! A little bit of sunshine can do wonders for our mind and spirit! I hope y’all are feeling well and of course staying as positive as you can. I appreciate you stopping by my site today and I will of course respond to any comments you might have as quickly as I can! As always I am sending y’all lots of love and comfort!

Love 2

Always, Alyssa

First time for Everything!

be-thankful-to-your-bad-days_516Today was my appointment with my MS Specialist and it went very well! The Nurse Practitioner I saw actually took the time to listen to my concerns and did not dismiss any of my fears. To be perfectly honest, I went into this appointment with low expectations to protect myself from disappointment and frustration. I am so happy to say that even though this appointment lasted a longtime; I left the doctor’s office feeling much better about the issues I have been struggling with. The NP took time to actually talk to me about the headaches I have had for so long and come up with ideas to hopefully eliminate them. We talked about the pain issues that have increased over the past few months and she had some very valid thoughts about why that was happening. She helped relieve the stress I was putting on myself about my illness progressing by reassuring me I am doing everything I can and feels that I am controlling it the best I can. She told me to not over think what could happen and just live in the moment. I thought that was great advice because I do tend to think everything and go to worse case scenarios all the time, which really is not helpful to me or my mental state. Moving forward I am going to stay on the Gilenya because it is the best choice for me and did control my illness for 6 years before I decided to try something new. I was thinking the Gilenya was causing my headaches, but the NP today pointed out that I had headaches way before Gilenya was a factor.  My appointment today was by far the best and most enlightening appointment I expectationshave had in a long time and gave me a new perspective on things!

As I already said, I went into my appointment today with very low expectation, which was helpful overall! I have found over the years if you set your expectations for others too high there will always be a high probability of disappointment. Therefore, if you just keep your expectations lower you will never be disappointed because you are not presuming anything! This may seem like a pessimistic way to live, but it saves a lot of heartache and frustration. In our hearts we know who we can count on in life and who we question counting on. Others must prove to us that we can rely on them and live up to the standards we have. I do believe we all need at least one person that we can truly count on and that person will never let us down. There is always at least one person you confide in and know they will always be there to support you, no matter what! Trust is a very delicate thing that can be destroyed quickly and take a very long time to rebuild, if it is even possible.

Of course I am delighted my appointment went as well as it did today, but now I am hoping the appointment I have next Thursday will go just as well. I will go into the 2-quote-about-no-matter-how-impossible-unattainable-or-unim-image-background-imageappointment next week just as prepared as I was today, but also go in with no expectations at all. I believe that being prepared and having notes with you can be extremely beneficial because it is easy to forget important details. I think being in the exam room can be a little stressful which makes it easy to lose track of what you want to discuss. Doctors have busy schedules and have a limited amount of time allotted to each patient. So I found having set topics you need to talk about ready will make the appointment much more useful to you and not waste any time! I know that if I did not prepare last night for this appointment and have my topics written down, I would have missed a lot of important information. 

I hope y’all had a great Friday Eve and I hope y’all are feeling well! I really appreciate you taking the time to visit my site today and I look forward to reading your comments! All of your comments are very meaningful to me and I will respond as quickly as I can. I hope y’all have a lovely evening!! I am always sending each of you lots of love and comfort! 

Love 2

Always, Alyssa

The Wolf You Feed

the-wolf-you-feed-3-2015-blog (1)Good evening Y’all! I hope your week is going well so far! Y’all already know that I strongly believe that positive thoughts will provide positive times into our lives. I also believe that it takes a lot more energy to hold onto negative thoughts! How do you feel about that? Do you agree or disagree?

I know everyone has probably already seen this before”The Wolf You Feed”, but I find this extremely powerful. When you read this, what does it mean to you or does it mean anything at all? I know sometimes I do over think things because I am a pretty emotional person. The reason I find this so powerful is because we all tend to feed one more than the other. Personally I try to feed the good wolf more because it is more my personality and I just do not have the ability or power to feed the evil. Of course I have my bad days when I get angry and have a hard time letting go of those feeling. But, I also think it is very destructive to hold onto anger and resentment.

I received some very valuable advice from a fellow blogger today about making a doctor’s appointment really count. I hope I add this the right way, but Caz’s site Invisibly Me had some fabulous advice http://invisiblyme.com/2016/10/12/make-it-count-6-tips-for-your-next-gp-appointment/. If you have not already checked out Caz’s site, it is definitely worth checking out! Thank you again Caz for this great advice!!

I hope y’all have a lovely and relaxing evening! I always appreciate you visiting my site and I love your comments, which I do respond to just as quickly as I can. Sending y’all lots of love and comfort!

Love 2

Always, Alyssa

Fight for your health!

fight for a cureI hope y’all have a lovely Monday! First day of a new week may bring some wonderful and positive changes to all of our lives! I really appreciate y’all visiting my site today and as always love to read your comments, which I do respond to as quickly as I can! Most of the time I like to write about the random things that are on my mind. This helps me to release all those emotions and then getting your feedback help tremendously, so thank you for all of your fantastic comments!

How do you fight for your health instead of fight against it? It is so important to be vocal with your doctor and never allow them to dismiss what you say or rush you out of the exam room. We all know our bodies and how we are feeling better than anyone, so that should be listened to. I think at times it is hard to admit what our body is telling us and our body feels as though it has to scream it at us, which may cause additional issues. I am one that will ignore issues that arise for as long as possible because I do not want to admit to the problems. Ignoring or neglecting our health will never result in anything beneficial. This is where fighting for our health becomes extremely important. If we ignore what our body is telling us we are actually fighting against our own health.

I am actually going to my MS Specialist on Thursday. I am going to my specialist partially because I am supposed to see her every 6 months and partially because I want to share with her my concerns. I already know going in that my issues with headaches will be dismissed because she seems to think that MS and headaches have no correlation, but I think it is still important to bring the topic up once again. I also want to discuss with her the fact that the issues that came with my relapse in October have not really gone away. I am fully aware that the body heals from each relapse differently, but I should have improved drastically by now and not continue to have pain that affects my ability to work full-time. I just really need answers to why I seem to be at a stand still in health. Do y’all have any suggestions to how to grab this doctor’s attention?

I hope y’all have a great and relaxing evening! As always I am sending y’all lots of love and comfort! Try to hold onto your positive thoughts because they will help in the long run and negative thoughts will only hold you back.

Love 2

Always, Alyssa

Hiding behind a mask

maskDo you ever try to hide behind a mask of what you think you should be? Or hide behind the mask of what other’s think you should be? Sometimes admitting how you truly feel can be terrifying and almost make you feel weak. Periodically I think most of us try to be strong and act like everything is fine when it really isn’t. Always trying to be strong by not allowing anyone to see your pain and struggles becomes a normal way of life, but is that really the best way to live life?

Do you ever feel that you need to disguise your feelings? I can fully admit that I try to not allow my feelings to  come to surface when I think they will cause others additional stress. If I am being honest, I do worry about my Multiple Sclerosis and if things are progressing too fast, but it is not good to over think situations you have absolutely no fake our smilecontrol over. Holding on tight to positive thoughts can be very difficult, but can really change your life, whereas allowing negative thoughts in your mind can be pretty destructive. If I allow my mind to think that my MS is progressing it makes it a real thought opening doors that I prefer not walk through. Building a barrier between our thoughts and reality is sometimes possible if we try!

Stress is a silent killer that can impact all of our lives. So how in the world do you avoid it? Some stress is actually avoidable, but then some stress is completely impossible to avoid because it will come at you with full force. The ways we handle stress are really important! I have tried doing some research about how to avoid stress and found some tips that might be helpful. Avoid caffeine, alcohol and nicotine. So many turn to alcohol when they become overwhelmed, but it is very well know that alcohol is a depressant so that will never be helpful in any way and could cause even more problems. Indulging in physical activity can be helpful for our health as well. Stressful situations increase the levels of stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline in the body. So we might be able to take some of the adrenaline from stress and turn it into something positive. Lack of sleep is a significant cause of stress. Stress can interrupt our sleep because our minds are in a constant whirlwind of thoughts which stops us from relaxing enough to even fall asleep. If we are having a hard time falling asleep there are things to try like taking a warm bath or reading a book because these will calm the mind! Starting a stress diary where you can write out your feelings and keep track of your thoughts can be very helpful! Writing out your feelings can help you find ways to solve your problems and not have to worry about judgement from others; your journal will not talk back! These were just a few MS Hopeideas that stuck out to me, but I know there are so many other ways to handle stress! 

I have been very worried about health care in the United States. There have been so many changes that are not really for the positive. I think doctor’s schedules are so full it makes it hard for them to give each patient the attention they deserve and they may even confuse patients. With the doctor’s schedules being so incredibly full, I think sometimes their notes can be misleading and incorrect. I actually know this to be true because I recently had my doctor’s office give me a copy of the notes for the last few years.  I have also been very concerned about my MS because things have not gotten much better since the relapse I had in October. I do not know if this means the MS has progressed or if the additional non-stop pain is just here for the long haul. All illnesses are like uninvited guests that just will not leave and make messes during their stay.

I know the weather has been a little crazy all over the world, but I hope y’all had a great weekend! The snowstorms that have occurred at the end of March have been pretty unusual, but I hope if y’all have experienced this you were able to stay warm. I am hoping that this upcoming week will bring us all some pretty spring temperatures. Y’all have already read before that I am never fully ready for the new week to start because I would prefer to have another day of rest. Hopefully this new week will give us some real joy and comfort! I really appreciate y’all visiting my site today and I do look forward to all of your comments! I hope the remaining part of your weekend is absolutely fantastic and restful! I am always sending y’all much love and comfort!!

Love 2

Always, Alyssa