Sponsored: Making Progress With MS: Watching For and Talking About Signs of Progression

This post is part of a paid collaboration between myself and Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation.


I love a good compliment.

But sometimes the response can be complicated.

Tim and Caroline
“You look great,” says my friend.

Little does she know that the disease is wreaking havoc from the inside.

What do I say? “Actually, I feel like there is a 9 volt battery pulsating down my left side, I can’t see straight and want to go back to bed?” Or just say the usual, “I’m fine, thank you.” The bail out answer for many with MS.

Today my MS is invisible. Then, there are times I need a cane or wheelchair or other assistance. But today it’s only seen or felt by me.

The invisibility of symptoms can make it difficult to manage the potential progression.

It becomes easy to ignore the MS when possible, to think we can live and do anything we want without the consequences. This seems so desirable, to just live, and not think of our limitations. But ignorance, whether chosen or not, comes at a great cost and one that we don’t want to pay.

While we can visualize our wellness and happiness to help us achieve our goals, we don't want to look the other way. In an effort to not let MS consume us, we often ignore it. But ignoring key symptoms could lead to missing signs of progression.

Potential MS progression


Around 400,000 people are living with MS in the US.1 Of these, 80% of patients living with relapsing remitting MS (RRMS) have the potential to progress to secondary progressive multiple sclerosis (SPMS).2

The uncertainty of progression may lead to anxiousness about the future. We can choose to ignore this uncertainty or we can choose to help manage our future by taking preventative measures. MS progression can show up in many different ways. It’s important to look out for any new or worsening symptoms, no matter if they are big or small.

There are 8 functional areas to keep an eye on, including:

Assistance required to walk
Weakness or problems moving limbs
Problems with coordination
Bowel and bladder issues
Trouble with memory or concentration
Vision problems
Difficulty with speech or swallowing
Numbness or loss of sensation

But whether you have RRMS or have progressed, disease management plays a role in maintaining quality of life. Living with MS is a constant battle of disease management, awareness and gratitude. But most important is the communication between the person living with MS and their family, friends and doctors. All of these people provide essential feedback about our illness and can help us when we need it most.


Here is what we can do today:


From day one my neurologists taught me to treat the disease, treat the symptoms, and I will live my best life. She was correct. I couldn’t walk or see unassisted when I was diagnosed. I looked really drunk and it took years to slowly re-find my body and myself. Everyday can be a struggle with MS.

It’s time to slow down, relax, chill, and take a load off. Literally, release yourself from the pressures of having MS.

These are some tips that help me get through this life:

Attitude.

We can carry a chip on our shoulders. We can be angry. We can be resentful. But we can also learn to be grateful. We can learn to be positive and to help keep our MS on the best track possible.

We can make an effort and hopefully make a difference.

We’re not talking rose-colored glasses. But be honest and look for the positive. Smile at your MS and smile at yourself. You deserve it!

@NASA enjoying @JPL’s Lucky Peanuts! 
Keep track of your symptoms.

Find an easy and sustainable way to track your questions, symptoms and thoughts. Use a journal, MS app or notes on your phone and create a simple list to share with your doctor. Review this list with your friends and loved ones, see if there is anything you are missing or not remembering.

Even if the symptoms seem commonplace to you, include them on your list to your doctor, especially if they are new or getting worse over time. Every little thing so they truly know what is going on in your body and brain.

Talk to your doctor.

Ask questions and share your daily life experiences.

Topics to consider:

How is your MS on a daily basis?
Which symptoms are most problematic? Least?
Over the last 6 months, have you noticed new or worsening symptoms in the 8 key areas mentioned above?
How does the MS impact living your best life? Are you not doing something in life that you want to, and if so, why? Are you able to bounce back after relapses like you have in the past or do symptoms linger for longer?
Review MRI and other test results with your doctor.

Discuss symptoms and any changes in your disease. MS can wreak havoc on the body. It’s the day-to-day crud from the symptoms that can cause a decrease in quality of life.


Family and friends.

If you live with family or spend a lot of time with someone they may begin to notice your bad days versus the good ones. They may even comment and suggest slowing down or something else that might help. Often we want to snap back and say, “I’ve got this!” but in reality, they are right. We often need to slow down and heed our symptoms.

So many people with MS are go-getters. We like to see things done! But that also means we often thrive on burning the candle at both ends. And this is just not good for the MS.

Listen to your friends and family. Ask them questions and listen to what they say. “How do I seem to you - regarding my energy and MS symptoms?” This awareness helps build better understanding of MS for both patients and loved ones and may help detect potential signs of progression.

What I learned from friends, family and doctor.


My friend, Rora, noticed how my MS was worse during allergy season. My dad taught me the importance of not sweating the little things because, “It is what it is.” My mom helps me find ways to be more independent, encouraging my self-esteem at times when it’s low.

My love, Tim, reminds me about slowing down, saying no, taking care of myself and setting boundaries. My longtime friend, Susan, noticed that I have learned to ask for help. And Barby, who has been my cheerleader for the last thirty years, encourages me to strive with the perseverance and tenacity needed.

Caroline and long-time friend, Barby
My doctor reminds me that we need to care for ourselves no matter how visible the symptoms. There is an importance of mind over matter and staying positive but not foregoing important tests such as the MRI. And keep up with doctor visits.

Live life as best as possible.


What we do today affects how we live in the future, no matter the illness. With MS we know certain things can help prevent some progression:

If you smoke, find a way to stop.
Eat a heart-healthy diet.
Watch vitamin D levels and discuss with doctor.
Find a fun and safe way to exercise and enjoy the outdoor sunshine.

The one thing I have to remind myself all the time is that no one has extra special powers, especially our loved ones and doctors. Bring notes, be honest and work together to track your disease and potential progression, and live the life you want with your MS.




References
1Multiple Sclerosis Association of America. Frequently Asked Questions. https://mymsaa.org/ms-information/faqs/. Accessed September 10, 2019.
2Multiple Sclerosis International Federation. Atlas of MS 2013. http://www.msif.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Atlas-of-MS.pdf.Accessed July 22, 2019.

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The Rocky Ride of MS and What Helped

Multiple Sclerosis is like riding a roller coaster in so many ways.

This past year has shown a lot of love for this Girl with MS.  Some symptoms subdued, others raised their voices.  But top on my list was meeting so many wonderful people living with MS across the country, in person and around the world via the internet and telephone.

Despite my good year and pleasant holiday, the MS reared its ugly head with a bad case of pseudo bulbar affect or PBA.  One minute laughing, the next in tears.  I just call it the funk.  And it got a holt of me bad the other day. 

The fact it's the end of the year caused a bit of the emotions. Focussing on what did not get done in 2019 led me down a path of quick depression.  Even healthy people have to give themselves a break, but the pressure and disappointment that one can put on themselves can be debilitating.  And that's where I found myself.  

You know what helped?  Knowing my new neurologist and his nurse were just a phone call away.  And second, reaching out to all of you, reading your stories and reminding myself that we can get through this disease.  We have each other, and that, my friends means the world to me.  

Here are just a few of the great folks.  They all do amazing work/writing/advocating.  Click on their names to visit their blogs/websites.  This list will be growing!  



with Cathy Chester



with Dave Bexfield

This Group! Amazing folks


with Lydia Emily
with Ashley Ringstaff and Nicole Lemmer 
Nicole Lemmer - My New Normals


with Carolyn Kaufmann

 Carolyn Kaufmann - Without the Weight


with Dr. Barry Singer 
Dr. Barry Singer - MS Living Well  


with Cheryl Hill - marathon runner
Each and everyone of these people are deeply involved with MS.  Most of us living with it.  Such inspiration from all of you.  Thank you and here's to a happy, healthy new year.  May 2020 find you with peace and love and minimal MS junk.

I know there are many folks missing off this list.  It's a work in progress.  Been making some Hoppin' John and it's ready for chow time.  I'm ready and dang, I'm hungry!



#takeTHATms!  


Holidays, MS and Surviving the MS Dictatorship

How did it get to be December? November flew by as usual. As did the rest of the Fall. One of my favorite times of year, the Fall. But then I pretty much love every time of year.
Joshua Tree, CA by Caroline Craven
The holidays can be tricky with MS. The emotional roller coaster, the disease itself, the losses that result. MS is not for sissies. Throw in the holidays and one could have TNT on their hands.
It's easy to get wrapped up in the festivities, duties or even the burdens of the holidays: you're feeling good, things are rolling along and you're getting it done!
Until one day you wake up and, well, start freaking out. "How am I going to get it all done?" The money, the chores, the obligations. It can all be so everwhelming. And throw in an unreliable and random disease like MS and the simplest thing such as getting out of bed can be impossible.
MS is often called the invisible disease. Folks think you look great so you must be and feel great. Nothing could be further from the truth.
I had a lovely Thanksgiving this year but my MS threw me for a couple of loops. The emotional roller coaster seemed unending. Up one morning, down the next. And I mean really down. I don't like feeling that down. Weakness and pain wrecked havoc on my body as well. Hit with a 24 hour bug, the flu like symptoms lasted days and sucked the life out of me. Energy gone, balance gone, I envied the elderly man leaning on his wheeled walker while I held up the wall of the church with my back.
"How am I going to get back to the car?" Weak from the flu, weak from MS, my legs were trembling. I had no cane. No walker. No friend to hold onto. Stealing the last bits of energy, I rallied forth and made it to the car to wait for the family to drive us home. All the time thinking, how am I going to get everything done for holidays when I can barely walk a block to the car?
Oh how I despise this part of the disease: being forced to slow down despite what you may want to do. No one likes to be dictated. MS is a disease that will teach you to live under a dictatorship. But like any life we live by our choices...so what is it going to be?
Here's my game plan for surviving this years MS dictatorship:
  1. Listen to my body
  2. Listen to my MS
  3. Make Priotities
  4. Set limits and boundaries
  5. Be flexible with expectations
  6. Be compassionate and easy on Me
Doesn't look like much but it is. It all seems so simple. So logical. But yet, so easy to overlook when actually living our lives.
Today I'm taking charge of my own MS dictatorship for the next month. One day at a time.
The holidays will arrive whether I'm well or sick, so time to do this right and get on with life. Time to manage my MS like an iPhone battery: to conserve and preserve energy to maintain quality of life with MS.
Off to get the day started and take my own advice!
Let's do this!

I posted this originally a few years ago, but it rings true every year, except for the flu.  Whew!  No flu this year!

Finally, a New Neurologist... And I am Psyched!

“Caroline,” he called.  “Caroline” 

He looked like the photo on his website.  

Wow, the doctor is calling me in for my exam.  

“I’m impressed by your service,” I said. 

“We do things differently,” Dr. Shubin replied. 

And, boy do they!  

Upon entering the office I could see plenty of MS information. I even found myself on their table!  

PBA - an effect from MS & emotional rollercoaster 
It all started with a frustrating doctor visit a couple of months ago.  My neurologist and I did not communicate well.  Feeling intimidated and second-guessed, I started doubting her expertise.  Not a good place to be. Years are gathering and I am getting older. Fears of what might happen with my MS are rising.  I was scared.  

But, not now.  

Just one doctor visit gave me so much confidence. He said there is a place I can go, Casa Colina, that is famous for rehab.  They even have driving machines to help you learn to drive again. Could you imagine?  Being able to just hop on the freeway and go where ever you wanted with out paying for a ride share?  Or bothering friends or family?  Imagine the freedom and independence. I’m tearing up just thinking about it.  

Dr. Shubin covered so much and gave a thorough exam. Despite the years of neurology appointments it’s been way too long since one has given me a proper exam.  Not since my diagnosing neuro retired.  

We talked about life, how MS is working, he made it so easy.  I am still in awe over the experience. I have had doctors tell me they don’t know what’s wrong because I don’t’ “present”.  

We talked about disease modifying treatments and opened the conversation for later discussed.  

Wow.  

About to meet my new Neurologist! 
Just feeling the love from his office.  It was the best experience since I was diagnosed.  The love and care is amazing.  The expertise and knowledge is utmost.  This is quality and I’m feeling even more ready to conquer MS.  

Join me in my battle.  Let’s conquer MS together!  



#takeTHATms!    

Talking High-Dose Biotin with Dr. Aaron Boster

I saw this great tweet by Dr. Aaron Boster the other day and I couldn’t stop laughing. 

Dr. Aaron Boster

Yes, this is what high-dose biotin can do.  What’s even better is what it can do for MS, at least for mine.  

My annual physical was coming up.  

I had one instruction:   Go off my high-dose biotin for a few days before blood work was done.  Last year my thyroid test showed a false result. 

Research has shown that high-dose biotin may provide a false positive result for the thyroid and it is suggested to go off the supplement for a few days to a week prior to the test.  

Many of you know that Myetin, a high-dose biotin with NAD+, has been part of my regime for about a year and a half now.  After taking it, I found that my energy increased and my pain and spasticity reduced.  It also seems to help keep my cog-fog at bay.  These are three things necessary for me to function at my best.  

Not as much hair as Dr. Boster, but it’s getting there!
But the fact was, I was scared to go off of my Myetin.  Everything has been working really well these last couple of years with regards to managing my MS symptoms.  I did not want to change a thing!  

What if I relapse? 

I was freaking out.  And I was traveling across country for a bunch of MS advocacy work.  I could not afford a relapse.  I couldn’t even afford to not be on my best game possible.  Due to some weird regulation I am not allowed to talk to my doctor outside of appointments and relaying messages via a nurse did not instill confidence in me.

So, stubbornly, I did not wash out the drug before my blood work.  

Interestingly the results showed normal thyroid activity this time.  



Enjoying life when I can. 
My interest was piqued. 

I spoke with the folks at Avior Nutritionals (maker of Myetin) and was informed that taking the supplement does not guarantee a false thyroid test but it can happen. 

Unfortunately my lack of conversations with my neurologist did not lead to confidence on my end.  So, I went to a leading expert on MS, the much-loved Aaron Boster, MD from Ohio.  

Dr. Boster is not familiar with Myetin, but as a practicing MS specialist is quite aware of the potential benefits of high-dose biotin.  

Boster, who has worked with thousands of MS patients in Ohio, has over 16,000 subscribers to his YouTube channel, and is quite active on social media.  His regular videos on MS are insightful and smart creating a great resource for those newly diagnosed and those living with MS for years.  




High-dose biotin is showing promise

“The preliminary research is so compelling that I will routinely recommend high-dose biotin,” Dr. Boster said. 

Benefits are showing potential in slowing disability in those with progressive MS, as well as slowing brain volume loss.  It may also have “re-myelinating potential. “These are very important things to do,” said Boster.  He further explained that high-dose biotin is a very safe compound to take and has not shown any risks to date.  

“There have been some large, properly designed clinical trials designed to answer the questions of the benefit and risks. But the jury is still out,” explains Boster, “the research needs to be replicated.” 

Clinical trial results pending  

A multi-campus clinical trial involving 642 people with MS is looking at the efficacy of MD1003, a form of high-dose biotin, in disability of those with progressive MS, especially gait issues. This double-blind study includes 92 facilities and recently wrapped up data-collection. Results will take time to process but I’ll share them when available. 

When I told Dr. Boster about my failure to comply, he expressed his concern. (Which is just what I needed!) He explained that thyroid tests use biotin in their assays, and by not washing out my system, I may not get honest results.  

We talked about the emotions of changing routines, fear of relapses and then focused on ways to gain confidence. The partnership between patients and doctor is vital in this confidence. I am grateful to Dr. Boster to be able to have this conversation.   

“I don't recommend high-dose biotin for everyone,” said Boster, “but if a patient is interested in preserving the brain reserve, managing brain-volume and slowing progression then it’s a conversation to be had.”



Not always easy, but I keep at it. 

Doctor Patient Partnership

This experience reminds me of the importance of a good working relationship between doctor and patient, a true partnership.  I obviously did not have one and have since found a new doctor.  I have not seen him yet but the MRI is scheduled and so is the neurology appointment.  I’m psyched.  

Thank you, Dr. Aaron Boster, for helping me better understand the potential for high-dose biotin. And the importance of having confidence in managing my MS with my neurologist.  

Thank you, Avior Nutritionals, for sponsoring this post and for supporting the work of those living with MS.  

Click Here for more information about Myetin (affiliate link)
#takeTHATms!   

Moving Forward with MS

I am blessed to share my MS story.  Please note this post represents my own opinions.

When MS first hit me, it hit hard and fast.  I couldn’t walk or see unassisted.

Today, I am thriving.

These last twenty years have been quite a journey, containing frustrations as well as accomplishments.

Flare-ups still occur and managing my MS is a full time job.  But, I have found some tips and tricks that can help everyone.

New MS Guide

AND, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society just released a comprehensive guide, “Now What? Resources to Keep You Moving Forward with MS,” which is amazing.  I sure wish it was around sooner!  But it’s here now and boy does it have some great tips.  No matter how long one has this illness, there is always something new to learn.  Growing and learning are all part of the moving forward process.



Creative Outlet

One suggestion the Society talks about is finding a creative outlet, such as painting, photography or writing.  This is so cool, because this is the path my life took without consciously knowing about.

My career as a business executive ended when I got sick.  Time to re-invent myself.  During this time I picked up a camera and started playing around.

Interestingly, this action made a HUGE difference with my MS.  The focus and attention required for the photography helped me forget about the MS.  The hand-eye coordination helped my brain and chasing wildlife made me smile.  Win-win in all areas.

My adventures led me to Africa and the Galápagos Islands, among other places.

These are some of my favorite photographs.  They are all a result of patience.  Waiting, being still and quiet, breathing deep, finger on the trigger ready to squeeze.

I swear, this saved me in so many ways!

In Ecuador atop Colorado 

Galápagos Islands: Patience for the Petrol 

Maasai in Tanzania: three planes and one relapse later... 

Tanzania: Fearing for their safety, the herd finally settled down just long enough to grab this shot.

If you would like to see more of my photographs please visit this link.

Moving Forward

In order to keep thriving it’s important to keep moving forward.  I still love photography but now I want to try something new. I’ve dabbled in drawing and painting so decided to try one those nice paint by number kits that are growing in popularity.

In fact, I am using this photograph of one of Darwin’s finches in the Galápagos Islands.  I am so excited. I’ll keep you posted on the progress!

Galápagos Islands: Female Cactus Finch
Thank you all for being such a wonderful support for me.  I’m excited to hear what you think about the new MS guide from the Society.  I’m finding it quite helpful!





#ThisisMS 

Me and My Cubii: a Convenient Exercise for MS.

On frequent occasion I am asked to review a product. They’re often sent or mailed and sometimes they are great and sometimes a flop.  

I was rushing through a bunch of emails one day and responded to an email from Dave at Cubii.  OK, Dave, sure, go ahead and send me your product.  I was moving so fast I never did prepare myself for what was to come. 

Well, a pretty hefty box was delivered to my front door.  Hmmmm.  I really didn’t remember it was coming.  

On the outside of the box was an image of a small stepping machine.  



My interest was piqued.  What is this and how could it help me? 

Intimidated at first, I walked around the box for several days.  

Then, one day when feeling especially strong and curious, I pulled the box out of the hall and into the familiar room.  And slowly I began to unbox the gift.  

I was expecting a much bigger project.  I’m still laughing at how easy it was to unpack and set up the Cubii.  

First of all, everything is simple, easy and well-marked. The box even comes with its own screwdriver.  

I don’t think it took even five minutes to put together.  

The Cubii is so easy to set up - Check me out:  





I’m not one for too many gadgets but for someone with balance issues and heat sensitivity, this little device came just in the nick of time.  In fact I was just grousing about the 90F weather and how I was needing some exercise.  

So, I plopped my bum down on a comfy chair and started walking away. Seemed like a great time to watch TV, so I turned on some cooking shows.  Oh, how I love my cooking shows!  

Ten minutes was done in no time.  Wow.  OK.  That was easy!   

I don’t have a desk that will work with the Cubii, because that would be cool.  Walking and writing at the same time without any chance of falling.  

My Cubii sits in front of a comfy chair in the den. I don’t spend much time there but it’s a nice space.  I can Cubii while watching TV, talking on the phone, playing games on my app or even reading.  The exercise is very gentle. When my legs are stronger, the tension can be increased to make a more rigorous workout.  For now, I’m into gentle.  

Interestingly, my knees felt great after this little workout. The angle seems quite beneficial to my weak and damaged joints. My core is also used while walking.  These pictures show it best: 


It’s super easy:     



I told my neurologist about it and she was psyched.  I am too!  

Now its a part of my morning routine.  Cup of decaf, some morning news and my Cubii.  Thank you, Dave, for reaching out to me!  I appreciate the sponsorship! 

For more information about Cubii click HERE.

COUPON:  for 10%OFF  use code:  GWMS10  good thru 12/31/19


This post was sponsored by Cubii. Thank you for helping those with MS live better!  


  

10 Ways You Can Prepare To Age Well With MS

By guest writer, Anita Fernandes.

Everyone has to make lifestyle changes as they age but for people with multiple sclerosis, this will mean a lot more adaptations and adjustments.
MS often causes “accelerated aging” where you need the kind of care given to people in their 70s while you are still in your 50s. Preparing to age well with MS will help you anticipate and overcome the challenges you will face so that you have a healthier and happier life. 
1. Create a daily routine 
Everyone should have a regular daily routine but when you have MS, your schedule is your best friend. Pushing yourself even slightly can cause fatigue so your daily schedule should focus on conserving energy. For instance, you can use a bath bench when showering so that you don’t get tired. Your morning routine is the most important as this will ensure that you are not too tired and have a better chance of having a good day. A regular routine also lowers your stress levels and improve your mood. Studies show that a positive mood is associated with decreased fatigue. 

Caroline @thegirlwithMs on one of her walks.
2. Learn to adapt 
One of the toughest things about living with MS is accepting that you have limitations. Most people see this as a loss of freedom and so they make choices that have a negative impacton their health. For instance, if heat aggravates your symptoms, you will have to say good bye to your weekly warm soaks. Instead, you can treat yourself to a massage which would be as relaxing and will help relax your muscles. Adaptability skills are very important as progression will bring with it new symptoms. 

3. Never skip your follow-ups 
You may have a lot of reasons to skip your medical appointment – you’re having trouble walking, you don’t have anyone to drive you to your appointment or you are just plain frustrated and fed up. Skipping your follow-ups will have a negative impact on your health and MS symptoms so this is one of those times when you need to force yourself to move. Contact your city office and find out if they offer free ride services for people with disabilities. 

4. Prepare for Progression
Hope for the best, prepare for the worst – cliché but true. One of the best ways to prepare for aging with MS is to prepare for progression. It’s never too early to start researching accessible housingassisted living and adaptive driving. Today, there areplenty of resources for information on aging with MS – everything from home care, transportation, in-home services, home modification and general legal services.

5. Learn to prioritize 
Living with MS requires you to focus on managing your symptoms and you might sacrifice activities that are “not essential” but improve your quality of life. Your health is a priority but hobbies and activities of interest are also important for your mental, emotional and physical well-being. Determine your priorities and then decide which tasks can be delegated to family, friends or helpers. Schedule your day so that you can perform important activities when your energy levels are highest. 

Caroline and Tim visiting the “Wall” at Reagan Library. Do what you can, when you can!

6. Start a health and wellness program early on
Health and wellness programs for people living with MS help people improve their mental and physical health. You can choose from a wide variety of adaptive exercise such as dance, aquatics and yoga. MS Focus offers several free classes or partial or full funding for gyms and wellness centers if required. Health and wellness programs help to reduce the stress and frustration with your limitations and instead appreciate all the things your body can do. 

7. Seek and Accept Help
People with MS are often embarrassed to ask for help and don’t want to impose on others. This is a huge mistake as it can severely impact your health and quality of life. Seek help and assistance as this will completely change your lifestyle and improve your mobility and freedom and allow you to enjoy a wider range of activities. 

8. Give back 
Living with MS requires help and assistance from family and friends. This can make you frustrated and guilty as you start to feel like a burden on your loved ones. Figure out ways in which you can help them as well as give back to your community. This will help you deal with negative thoughts and emotions and improve your self-worth. 

9. Work with a psychiatrist or psychologist
MS is associated with various psychiatric comorbidities including depression and anxiety. MS and mood disorders can cause a vicious cycle where MS leads to psychiatric comorbidities and these disorders have a negative neurologic impact. Working with these mental health professionals will help you learn new coping techniques to ensure good quality of life as you age.  

10. Keep a Positive Attitude
Living with MS means dealing with pain and frustration on a daily basis. Keeping a positive attitude when you have MS can be quite the challenge, especially on bad days. However, it is important that you don’t give in to negative emotions as this can lead to mental health issues. Your positive attitude will go a long way in helping you age well with MS. 
Simple steps like a regular diet, sleep and exercise schedule will help to alleviate your MS symptoms. When living with MS, it is important to work towards overall health and wellness as this will let you lead a more comfortable and happier life. 


That moment when I had to say hi to the beautiful and talented Jennifer Tilly.


Thank you @Everydayhealth for providing this wonderful article by guest writer, Anita Fernandes.  


Author Bio -Anita Fernandes has been writing extensively on health and wellness for over a decade. She has expertise in nutrition, fitness, public health, and weight loss and has contributed content to a variety of leading digital health publishers. Anita has a unique perspective on healthy living and lifestyle, as she has battled and overcome eating disorders and obesity. She shares her experiences in an effort to help others overcome the physical and mental health problems that can sometimes seem insurmountable.