About 10 years ago I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. It was utterly devastating. I felt like everything that I had expected to have in my life had been taken away from me before I even had it. Having my own family felt like an impossibility. Mainly because I didn’t think anyone would be brave enough to take me on with MS (actually I wasn’t convinced that they would before my diagnosis…). The uncertainty of my own health was such a big fear. I had grown up dancing, running and swimming and the image of me in a wheelchair was something I simply couldn’t bear to think about.
So after consuming my bodyweight in gin, I sobered up and decided to start learning about MS. (I didn’t even know what it was when I was first diagnosed). I have since learnt all sorts of terrifying things that I would rather ignore, and also a lot of weird and lovely hippy style stuff that makes me feel fab in spite of my illness (gin is definitely not one of them – gutted).
This blog is for anyone affected by MS, or for anyone who would simply like to learn a bit more. Maybe you’ve just been diagnosed, or your partner has, or your Mum or your friend or your cousin. Maybe you are a yoga teacher or a therapist who could use the information provided in this blog to help others. Maybe you know a lot more than me from a medical perspective, but would like to read a more personal, everyday account. Wherever you are coming from, I am simply offering my honest and varied experience of MS.
I come from a place of open mindedness and “do and try everything to keep myself well”. Yoga, Meditation, Ayurveda, Massage, Reflexology, Acupuncture and Reiki are all alternative therapies that I have tried and continue to use regularly. I have experienced a massive improvement in my quality of life since they have become a regular part of my routine. I am also aware that they are not going to cure me, simply support me in my quest to remain as healthy as possible for as long possible. I have also always been happy to be supported by western medicine if this is the best way to keep me healthy and mobile. And recently this has definitely been a big consideration in my house.
I hope that whatever you are battling with in your life, you are able to take something from my blog.
Love, Lynne x