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Self-Care Challenge #8: Love YOU!

Time to "Make a Change - Make a Difference"!


#selfcareMVMT
Challenge #8

LOVE YOUR Self!

For five days choose to tell yourself that you are loved.  
Remind yourself that you are worthy of a healthy life.

Wellness begins in the heart. 

Love yourself and begin the healing process.  You did not do anything to deserve this illness.  But there is something you can do to change it.  You can take control.  You can practice "Self-Care".  

Take action toward wellness with the Health Storylines App by recording your feelings in the MyJournal.



"I am worthy of a healthy life"

1.     Carefully and with intention watch how often you are smiling. 

2.     Are you sharing your smile with your friends? Your neighbors?  The world? 

3.     Make a change and smile at the world!

4.     Record feelings in My Journal

5.     Share the moment:  #selfcareMVMT





Stella the Cat reminding me that I am worthy of a healthy life and to do what I can!

Let these intentions carry you away into a beautiful positive life.  

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Because together we’ve got this!

#challenge #dowhatyoucan #spon #takethatms 

#selfcareMVMT



Smile at the World!

Register at the Health Storylines App,  

use the My Journal tool.

 #selfcareMVMT






brought to you by Caroline Craven, GirlwithMS, Self-Care Catalysts and Health Storylines

Are you ready to make a difference in MS research?

Empower Others with your Blood 

There is one thing certain with my Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and that is to help as many people as possible learn to live better despite their illness.  This includes helping the medical industry find answers.   Helping others provides a purpose in life and allows me to say #takeTHATms!

One company looking for answers is DxTerity, which is developing genomic tests to help people with MS better manage immune-mediated diseases.   They are currently recruiting people with multiple sclerosis for a unique research study called EMPOWERStudyMS. 


EMPOWERStudyMS is collecting blood samples from MS patients across the U.S. to help identify biomarkers and other gene expressions among patients; what is termed genomic testing. 

If you’ve been diagnosed with MS you can join this groundbreaking research to help researchers develop an at-home blood test to monitor MS disease activity.

Click here to learn how you can participate.   I did.

Participating in the study is easy and can be done from the convenience of your own home.  You won’t have to visit a clinic at all!  Answer a few health surveys online and collect a few drops of blood with a simple, fingerstick collection kit.  Drop the kit in the mail and you’re done. 

Well, my EMPOWERStudyMS kit came and I did it!




VIDEO: 

Caroline Craven @thegirlwithMS opens her kit and explores the contents for her EmpowerStudyMS kit.

Compared to all of those daily injections I used to take for my MS, the finger prick was a cakewalk. 

I pricked my finger, collected blood and sent off my sample.   Easy peasy for the most part. 

My problem was that my blood did not cooperate as best it could.   The instructions were clear but fear my cognitive fog kicked in a bit and caused some problems.  My fingers did not warm up properly and the blood barely trickled out to be collected.  The second lancet was good to have but I should have waited till my hands were warmer.  I am not sure enough blood got collected but we will find out.  The folks at EMPOWERStudyMS were very nice and are sending me another kit so we can confirm a better collection. 

I greatly appreciated the human connection for all of my questions and answers.  This is a research study, and we are “just a number” but you would never know that by the kind of service being provided.  Feeling quite special to be a part of this important event! 

During the intro video I got the blue lancet mixed up with the blue collector container.  But got it straightened out when it came to it.   
One of my mantras this year is to be part of the solution, not the problem.  I am now part of the solution.   You can be too! 


For more information about the study and to see if you qualify, please visit:  www.EMPOWERStudyMS.com


#takeTHATMS




Self-Care Challenge #7: Smile More

Time to "Make a Change - Make a Difference"!

#selfcareMVMT
Challenge #7

SMILE MORE - SPREAD THE JOY!

For five days choose to smile more and spread the joy.

Smiles are contagious and help folks feel better. 

Then record your feeling in the MyJournal section of the Health Storylines App.

Register at the Health Storylines App,  
use the My Journal tool.




Sometimes we find our minds wandering down roads unwanted.  
Be aware and make a change!

1.     Carefully and with intention watch how often you are smiling. 

2.     Are you sharing your smile with your friends? Your neighbors?  The world? 

3.     Make a change and smile at the world!

4.     Record feelings in My Journal

5.     Share the moment:  #selfcareMVMT


Let these intentions carry you away into a beautiful positive life.  

Register at the Health Storylines App,  
use the My Journal tool.

SHARE:

Instagram – Facebook – Twitter

Because together we’ve got this!

#challenge #dowhatyoucan #spon #takethatms 

#selfcareMVMT



Smile at the World!

Register at the Health Storylines App,  

use the My Journal tool.

 #selfcareMVMT



brought to you by Caroline Craven, GirlwithMS, Self-Care Catalysts and Health Storylines