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Self-care Challenge 9: Get moving!

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

Challenge #9


For five days choose to get moving!
Remind yourself that you are worthy of a healthy life.

Wellness begins in the heart. 

You do not have to run a marathon or compete in an iron man.  Just get up and get moving!  Can’t get up?  We get it. Swing and sway in your chair. Play some music. Get the blood flowing. 

 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 get moving. 

2.     Play some music. Feel it in your blood. 

3.     Make a change and move to the beat of the world!

4.     Record feelings in My Journal

5.     Share the moment:  #selfcareMVMT

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 


Smile at the World!

Register at the Health Storylines App,  

use the My Journal tool.


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

Potential Natural Treatments for Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms

Do your research. Lots of treatments out there. Here is Some good, substantiated research on these items.  Check them out.  Tips and Tricks for Living Better with MS!


Vitamin D
Long touted as help for MS, this easy to take vitamin is proven again and again that it scientifically helps those with MS.  Recently studies showed that mothers who are deficient in vitamin D during their pregnancy were more likely to give birth to a child with MS.

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May sound a little whacky but magnetic therapy is gaining ground in helping folks with MS using solid scientific studies.  Devices such as the Bemer, might just help you feel a little better.

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Oxidative stress is known to be really hard on multiple sclerosis.  Basically it means that they fight free radicals in an effective way to be maximized by the body.   It is something we can actually work on improving.  Using an Nrf2 activator, such as Protandim, may help with some of your MS symptoms.


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Protandim is made from natural ingredients, plants and such.  Includes bacopa monnieri and turmeric.

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curcumin from turmeric

Natural forms of Nrf2 activators proven to work include curcumin, from turmeric, as well as green tea.

Interestingly, the DMD, Tecfidera (a dimethyl fumarate drug) is based on the same activation within the body. 

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Keep Checking Back - More Tips to Come!


(*This is not a medical site nor am I a medical professional -- These are items that have either worked for me or look promising based on research.*)

Living life to the Fullest with MS

There are days we are stuck in bed. Or a wheelchair or scooter or a cane. Some days we walk, run, bike and play. Sometimes gravity gets the better of us. Life with MS is not fun. But if we make it fun, then we can say #TakeThatMS!

Attitude is everything. Positive thought can make the difference. As well as learning how to chillax and accept that we have an illness and must take care of our lives as such.
  • Positive attitude. Can't say enough about this.
  • Awareness: meditation and mindfulness
  • Movement: yoga, exercise, tai chi, qigong etc
  • Nutrition: reduce inflammation and other symptoms through food
  • Social media: support groups, friends and family around the world who all understand what we are going through!
  • Peeing in ones pants: it's going to happen so just accept it now and move on.
  • Fatigue: oh dear. I just woke up and now it's bedtime again. How am I to to get through this day?
  • Depression, anxiety: talk to your DR. Use support groups, friends and family
  • Wine: may not be the best for MS physically but mentally can sure help the attitude
  • Learning to relax: it is OK to hold a couch in place with ones body
  • Boundaries: set them. Follow them. Your health comes first!
  • Ask for help: so many of us are Type A. Time to step back a notch.
  • Learn to say No: stressors come in all shapes and sizes. Priorities based on your health and well being are best.
  • Appreciate the little things in life. Stop and smell the roses.
  • Have fun! Pick up new hobbies. Look at life all over again with fresh eyes. Don't wallow in the past.
Here I am fishing once again. Fly fishing is very good on the nerves and when it includes friends, a twenty minute drive and funky Los Angeles surrounds, well, it all makes for a rocking good time! Now granted, I overdid a bit this past week and am feeling it today. It's Saturday and as I planned it, a pretty mellow day.
I'm feeling like the Giant American invasion on my little Philippine friends!

Last night I had a friends party and then a two hour Aromatherapy Yin Yoga workshop at my favorite little yoga studio in Montrose: TheraYogaStudio
Today: a relaxing Saturday with Wall Street Journal, and plenty of lemon-water throughout the day to cleanse this body!

How are you living life to the fullest with MS?

It's all a balancing act. Do more and pay the price. Treat your body right, get a refund on energy.
Right now, I'm treating the body right and restoring and rejuvenating for the week!