Greetings dear readers! I am guilty of neglecting my blog. Some of you may know I had a baby last year, who is 10 months old now.
I have been wanting to come back to writing here, and I woke up this morning and decided, I will do this today. I am going to recap the past year or so. So here is what has been going on with life, with MS, and how I am doing on the wonderful OMS (Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis) program.
The past year has been a roller coaster. The one word that wholly describes this experience of meeting and being with my son, is ‘joy’. Needless to say, it is also so challenging, having a little person that needs all of you, all of the time.
I have been flying (I am a pilot), and teaching people how to fly airplanes. It has, lately, been so fulfilling. I absolutely LOVE watching someone’s face light up when I take them up in the air for the first time. I love watching them make their first smooth landing. (A photo from one of my flights is at the end of the post, with the Boston skyline in the distance.)
I have made some local mommy friends, and I don’t feel quite so isolated anymore (being away from family, who are all in India).
In general, I can’t say I have had much to complain about.
Am I still on the OMS diet? Yes. Am I relapse free? Not quite.
I came down with Uveitis when I was pregnant. It is a form of eye inflammation. The doctors could not figure out what caused it, and they said it is likely linked to MS. However, pregnancy is usually a ‘get out of jail free’ card as far as MS is concerned. Meaning that, when you’re pregnant, you should never relapse.
I think that getting Uveitis helped my figure out that one of my main triggers, for falling sick, is stress. And I believe all of us have our own triggers. Years ago, I read a book by Louise Hay called ‘You Can Heal Your Life’. She talks about how our diseases are linked to stress and emotions.
I do think stress plays a larger role than we realise, in us falling sick. According to Louise Hay, issues with the eyes, are linked to having difficulty viewing the past/ present/ future clearly. At the time I was diagnosed with uveitis, I was going through a difficult phase, where I had decided to let go of some toxic people in my life. I was having a very hard time assimilating the fact that people that have been quite close to me, are in fact, doing me no good, emotionally & spiritually. In my opinion it’s no coincidence that eye troubles came about just when I was starting to ‘see’ things (people) clearly.
The purpose of this blog has been to (hopefully) help people see that we can make a difference to our lives, in spite of being chronically ill. We do have some degree of control. And the OMS program sums it up so well. A diet low in saturated fat, vitamin D, get some sun! Exercise, meditation and medication; whatever it takes to stay well.
I used to be a bit of an a**hole, rallying against medication. The truth is, steroids saved my eye sight, when I had uveitis.
MS, or perhaps life/ God has a way of humbling you.
I am grateful for my health. I am grateful, for each experience that has come my way, and taught me, to be a better person.