I have to be honest and say that I’ve been struggling with what to write for this blog to mark 1 year into my MS diagnosis.
That’s because I don’t feel like I have MS.
All of my symptoms slowly disappeared as I made minor lifestyle changes every day that added up to big changes in the long run.
For years, I had muscle spasms, the occasional drop foot, and fatigue. By the time I was diagnosed, I had optic neuritis, uhthoff’s phenomenon, and lhermitte’s sign.
Within weeks of my diagnosis, I came across a book that advocated lifestyle changes, and most importantly, eliminating food high in saturated fat to manage MS.
I decided to give it a try, because well, logic resonates with me.
All too often I talk to people who complain about their health but the only thing they’re doing to fix it is to ingest medication.
We are past the information age, and what determines the next age is how we use (or don’t use) that avalanche of information that was available to us.
I want to burst your bubble and tell you it’s not just medication that’s going to heal you. It’s You. The best thing you can do for yourself is to clean up your lifestyle. If there’s a little voice in your head telling you it won’t work, think again.
There is credible research behind MS symptoms improving or disappearing on a low saturated fat intake. All the information you need is on www.overcomingms.org
Overcoming MS is a non profit organisation founded by Professor George Jelinek who was diagnosed with MS in 1999.
The Overcoming MS team is holding one day symposiums in Los Angeles, New York and Boston this fall. They will be talking in detail about how you can manage MS from a holistic point of view.
If you or a loved one have MS, I urge you to attend this event.
I drew inspiration from the recovery of many people on the OMS lifestyle, when I found this book called ‘Recovering from MS‘.
If there was one word I had to use to describe how I feel today, it is gratitude. Today I am healthy, my vision is perfect, I can walk, run, use my arms and do anything I want, including keeping my pilot’s license and flying privileges. I never want to take my life for granted, because all of it is a gift!
2 thoughts on “My Story: 1 Year Into Multiple Sclerosis”
No pity, respect and gratitude! 😉
Thank you, Smita, for sharing your inspiring story in such a readable way. The OMS community continues to amaze us, you’re the newest source.
I too have just discovered this book and although I have ppms it a revolutionary find. Love it.