Pick-Me-Up Thursday!

you-say-thursday-i-say-friday-eve-have-a-tayzerific-10147394Good morning y’all! I hope you have had a great week and you are feeling well. This week has really taken it’s tole on me and left me feeling not only frustrated, but with LOTS of pain! Of course for me pain is just a normal thing, but for some reason it has been out of control this week. I can not emphasize enough how glad I am that this week is almost over!

Let me just say, I do my best everyday to be kind to everyone. So I find it incredibly frustrating and difficult that 1304c439f46d2ddfc7f1510122176295many people feel the opposite. The shear amount of mean behaviors in a day makes me extremely sad. Even when someone is just outright hateful towards me, I still try to ignore the rudeness and continue being nice to that person. I am beyond DONE with all the ugly attitudes and poor treatment though!!!! In my heart I know that I do not deserve to be disrespected and mistreated by anyone. I decided yesterday that I will no longer tolerate this poor etiquette from anyone!

On a more positive note, I think we all probably need a little pick-me-up to get us through one final day of this very LONG week! The quote I am sharing today is short and sweet, but has so much real meaning to me! I do hope you will find this quote as positive and uplifting as I do!keep your face towards the sunshine

It is very clear to me that my way of thinking are not always going to align with others 1_-cgfWQ1evxKgmxl_PdBbIQand that is okay. I still feel that if we were all the same and thought exactly alike the world would be a boring place. Diversity is a great think that we can often learn a lot from. However, even though people do not need to agree with me or think the way I do, respect is something that is required in my mind and not something I am willing to bend on! 

Thank y’all for visiting my site today. I always appreciate you taking the to read what I share and even leaving a comment with your fantastic views. I hope you have a great day and your weekend is filled with LOTS of happiness and joyful times! 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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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❤

Things I never wanted to know!

images (12)Sadly, struggles with healthcare in the United States are not only terrifying but also incredibly real. I am not trying to be negative but healthcare in the United States is a massive joke that is NOT at all funny! Recently I found out just how much insurance was going to cost me through my company and it is outrageous. This has caused my husband and I to start looking into buying our own insurance. This also raised my curiosity into what is really going on with health care within the country I am living in.

In 2018, the costs of health care in the United States skyrocketed drastically!  In an familynursing2018-1468analysis from the US Federal government, it was found that Americans would spend $3.65 trillion for health care. With this appalling amount for health care, it represents each person would spend $11,212. Breaking it down even further, 59% of the spending is going to hospitals, doctor’s appointments and clinical services. Even prescription costs have increased 3.3% over the years.  In my personal opinion, this is ridiculous and only shows sheer greed. According to data from the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development, spending on health care in the United States is by far the higher that any other developed country.

The GDP (Gross Domestic Products) in the United States is larger than countries like health costBrazil, the UK, Mexico, Spain, and Canada. Reports from the Journal Health Affairs have estimated an average annual growth rate of 5.5% just from 2018 to 2027. Now if things continue as they have been, health care will be 19.4% of the country’s entire GDP! Unfortunately, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, wage growth remains below 4% and yet insurance prices will only increase! This is wrong on so many levels and yet there is no one trying to fix this issue! Actually, there are a few people fighting hard to correct the madness and they are Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren in the senate and a several other progressives in the house. 

Even Private Health Insurance is only going up in price! Spending per person rose 4.5% between 2017 and 2018, even though the individual was already in the exact same insurance policy.

To say this is ludicrous is a HUGE understatement! Health insurance should not be a CR-Money-Inlinehero-short-term-health-care-expense-0918privilege, but it should be a right! It is despicable the way this is being handled among pharmaceutical companies and our own government. There are so many people graphoid080818including myself that need insurance or we will never be able to afford the medications that the doctor prescribes for valid reasons. Many of the medications we get at the pharmacy are required so our illness does not progress at a rapid rate.

I think it is obvious I think it is a disgrace that all the pharmaceutical and insurance companies care about it how much money they can make and not about the well-being of others. What ever happened to humanity or did it ever really exist? Once upon a time, the United States was at the top for education and health care and now it is only at 27th in the entire world. It is pathetic that doctors do not care as much as they did years ago for their patients, but download (3)now it is all about their paycheck! They get patient after patient, rush them without listening to anything their patient is saying, which is terrible!  I am pretty sure that doctors completely forgot what the Hippocratic Oath says and might need a refresher!

I apologize that this post may have seemed negative, but I am very frustrated with how awful health care is in the country I live in. I am not sure if I was just extremely naive before best-health-insurance-in-usa-1and things have always been the way they are now or if something just went very wrong in the thinking of Americans! I guess I may never know.

Thank you so much for visiting my site today. I hope your weekend has been great and you are enjoying every moment of it. Even though this was kind of a rant of my feelings, I would love to read your thoughts on this topic. I promise to respond as quickly as I can! Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

Pick-Me-Up Thursday!

catfriday eveGood morning y’all! I hope y’all have had a great week and I am wishing for a great weekend for you as well! I don’t know about you, but I am always incredibly thankful for the weekend to come because it allows for me to NOT wake up to an annoying  and rude alarm clock. I must say though my older cat, Chloe, makes the sound of the alarm absolutely hilarious. Every night Chloe sleeps near my head, which ends up putting the little girl close to the alarm clock. When that awful sound goes off, it scares the daylights out of her and she hauls off running like a bat out of hell to get away from it! I know it is probably mean to laugh at her being scared, but it is the highlight to my morning! You would think she would remember what was going to happen and STOP sleeping near my head!

I came across a great quote for Pick-Me-Up Thursday and it kind of ties into things I have talked about before as I am sure you will see!yoga-relaxation-quotes-morning-ideas-on-pinterest-true-meditation-by-buddha-famous-mindfulness-meditation-yoga-relaxation-quotes-by-buddha-famous-on-mindfulness

I will share with y’all why I LOVE ❤ this quote as much as I do, but definitely still want to know what you think of it. I have shared in previous posts that I feel strongly that EVERYONE should be treated equally and with respect! I have never been andunderstanding-diversity-1 never will be the type of person that does not like a someone because of the color of their skin, ethnicity, sexual preference, religious beliefs or anything else many people are quick to pass judgments about. It is my firm belief that it is way more about how people treat others than anything else! I guess you can say that I am a proud advocate for equality! 

It looks like my Pick-Me-Up Thursday was a mixture of a pick me up and download (7)another push for love and equality for all! Of course, I know y’all are already kind, loving and fair, so this it just something else we agree on!

Thank you for visiting my site today! I hope you have a fabulous day and you are feeling well! Getting through the last day of the week tends to drag on because we are SO ready for two days of freedom, but we can do it! 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!

monday 3Good morning y’all!! I hope you had a wonderful weekend and enjoyed every single second of it! Today is the first day of May and we are almost half way through the year!  Considering every weekend goes by WAY too fast, we all must just focus on making it count and never have any regrets. Call me crazy, but regrets are pretty much useless and take up too much of our precious mental time. I think instead of wasting that time on regretting what we did or did not do, we should just say it is okay and move on. There is always another day to try again!

I think y’all already know how much I enjoy finding great and uplifting quotes and the one I am sharing this morning is no different. I think that anything and everything that happens in our lives changes us and gives us even more strength and courage to push forward! Maybe we were diagnosed with some illness that does not have a cure yet, but does that change who you are on the inside? Absolutely NOT, it only enables to fight even harder.

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Thank you so much for visiting my site day! I do hope you feel the true meaning to this quote and it creates a sense of pride and courage for you! I am looking forward to youdownload (3)r thoughts on this and I promise to respond to any and all comments as soon as I can, which will be when I get home from work today! I wish for a good and beautiful week ahead for y’all! Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

Sunday Hopes!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you so much for visiting my site today! Y’all know my posts are not normally this long, but I had a lot to share! I hope the rest of your Sunday is wonderful and peaceful! I do look forward to reading your brilliant thoughts on this post and I do promise to respond as quickly as I can! Never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

The Disability Award

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

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

My amazing nominees are:

https://msmommy.blog/ 

invisiblyme.com

https://reclaiminghope.blog/

https://funshinesunshineblog.wordpress.com/

https://mymsrollercoasterride.wordpress.com/

https://makingitthroughtherain.com/

https://brokenlifesite.wordpress.com/

My questions from Melinda are:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why did you start blogging?

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

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

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

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❤Always, Alyssa❤