Groundbreaking for the LA River and for Girl with MS!

What a memory from two years ago!   #takeTHATms  

The first fishing derby at the LA river! Fly or spin, it was a day of fun and good peeps, beautiful weather and a handful of fish. Here I am at opening ceremonies with Jim Burns speaking. I bowed this photo from His blog, LARiverFlyFishing which is very informative and keeps you up to date on fishing conditions and other fun activities along the bike path.
"Fishing for carp, waiting for steelhead"
The last steelhead taken out of the LA River was photographed in 1948. Can we bring them back despite the concrete channel and city life?
We now have bass, tilapia, carp, bluegill, sunfish and more...thanks to Friends of the River (FoLAR) and other organizations and peoples hard word.
FoLar or Friends of the River have been working since 1986 to being fish and wildlife back to the river. With over 212 bird species alone, I think they've done an outstanding job. Not to mention the fish!
Well, who would've thought I could live in LA and drive 20 minutes to a fishing hole without getting on a freeway. As y'all know with my MS, driving is not a big option for me. But I can get to Atwater village with about four turns and twenty minutes. I'll take that all day long.
They even had some great trophies and prizes! I didn't land any and missed four but that's OK with me. I'm a bit rusty on the fly so practice is necessary for me.
The river rover is a 38' mobile educational, rolling river. Amazing for students of all ages!
While wading in the LA river is not usually open, it was open for the derby. Here is a shot down stream and one upstream. You can see the fishermen on the bank.
While many folks just trudged through the water in river sandals, I went for the grip of my patagonia wading boots and my redington waders. I really didn't need waders for the fishing I do along the she but I love the grip on these and wanted to be MS safe.
Here are the winners! The largest was a 6lb carp. And then a few small large mouth bass were caught. The ones I kept missing. Oh well. For me the important part is being on the river. Watching the wildlife. Enjoying the scenery and the people. Or being solo and enjoying the solitude. Whatever I'm in the mood for, fishing brings it to me.
Well, because sometimes it not always about the fish...
The river opened to fishing just a few years ago in 2011. It's taken a lot of effort from many people and groups to get this going. Can't thank them enough!
Here I am chilling by the river on a different day. Again, I missed a few. Got to practice my timing.
Quite a flow of water in the river. Enough for small flat bottom boats and kayaks to meander.
And even if you don't fish, there's plenty of trails for biking, walking and hiking along the river.
Can't wait to go back!
Groundbreaking for Multiple Sclerosis
Fishing with MS is doable for me if the conditions are right. But I'm not sure walking around with sharp pointy objects on slippery rocks is too smart with my balance issues. Also, I have to be very careful about my energy. It's easy to get wrapped up in the excitement and not listen to ones body which results in a terrible day after. I actually listened to my body and ended as needed. But I'm still pretty wiped out today.
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I kept cool and that was important. I brought my cooling vest along and had a few frozen wet bandanas with me but didn't need them during the derby. I kept hydrated with my camelback and had an instant cold pack in bag for an emergency. Ok, I actually looked kind of silly, as if I was ready for a six hour adventure. But with MS you never know. But the temperature stayed relatively mild and the slightest breeze kept me cool. I also stayed near the bushes and conserved my energy and at one point went Into the water and cooled off that way. I didn't trust my balance to go very far from shore.
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I am going to get a waking/wading stick. I've seemed to have lost all my old hiking sticks. But with my balance it would be a good idea. And I love the stickiness of the wading boots so will wear them again. The only issue was that my big toe on my left foot bumps into edge of boot. Need to trim toe nail or something but they're not that long. Obviously I am trying out some new gear and getting ready for bigger trips than an hour along the LA river.
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And tying on flies is not easy for those with MS. Between wonky vision, heat intolerance, balance issues and shakey hands, it takes me quite a bit of time to change flies. But yesterday I did several times. I'm getting my rhythm back so to speak and it feels so good!
So with anything and MS we have to take it slow and easy. No major expectations. One day, one fly, one fish at a time.
And we also must reward ourselves! I've worked years with my health and managing my multiple sclerosis to be able to do somehing like a fishing derby. Never thought it would be possible. I need to get a good wading staff. Maybe one with a seat so I can sit and tie my flies on. Yep, I'll be the lazy fisherman with a chair, a beer and eventually a fly tied onto my line. And I will be loving it!


Healthy Gut Challenge is Here!

It's time for a Challenge!   The Gut Health Challenge.

Who wants to join me?

It's easy!  Go to and and check out the options for the challenge. Choose one and your testing kit will be mailed to you.  Then swab your poop and send it to the lab in the easy to follow kit. Then start ISOThrive and test again after thirty days.  Easy!

Gut health is imperative for overall wellness.  Click here to Check out my recent article on gut biome and how it can affect us.

ISOThrive and uBiome have partnered up for a challenge.  Take a look at your biome with uBiome testing kit then take ISOThrive for a month and tell us how you feel.

I just started mine this weekend. I took my poop test on Saturday and hope I did it right. Then on Sunday I started my first ISOThrive sachet.

Unfortunately I am dealing with a possible infection in my mouth and had to start antibiotics which I have not taken in some ten years. It is one designed just for the gums and mouth.  Mouth bacteria can be bad and I don't want to mess with it so am taking the antibiotics.  I tested my gut biome before starting the antibiotics. It is not ideal timing but should work out OK. 

Join the challenge
Test your poop
Start ISOThrive
Keep a journal
Share your progress
Take a second test 
Share your results! 

#guthealthchallenge #healthygut #poopsmart #takethatms 

Gut Health Journal

Day 1
I've decided to take my ISOThrive in the mornings with water prior to anything else in my system. 

Noticed a little extra poop today. About 2-3 hours after taking my first half sachet. Usually it's once a day for me but ISOThrive may have contributed to a booting of something.  

Day 2
Did not notice anything special. Except that recently I've had bad gas. Especially at night.  Too much beer probably. I do love a good IPA. But no farting the last couple of nights. 

Day 3
Sitting at airport waiting to go to Eugene. I feel great and know that my gut is working more efficiently already.

Days 4-6:
Not feeling much different but believe I'm pooping more.  Of course I've been eating more since I've been in Oregon absolutely pigging out and having way too much fun!

Days 7-14
It seems I poop a lot more during the day after taking ISOThrive.  Interesting.  Not feeling a lot of other stuff going on but that's OK with me.  I just need to remember to take it.  Well, maybe I'm feeling a little different.  Problem is I have been eating like a horse lately and gaining a bit of weight. This often happens in the summer as it's the time of growth.  We eat more and grow more in many ways.  I'm curious about how my gut biome test is going to come out for the first run.  It takes a couple of weeks to get it back.   Also, I am curious if ISOThrive needs to be taken at the same time each day or other protocols.  I prefer to take it in the morning before anything else except maybe some fresh, cool water. 

Day 14-28
Haven't noticed much difference.  Been feeling pretty good and it's easy to take the ISOThrive.  

Day 28
Wahooo!   just got my gut biome results from   This is interesting!  

I don't understand all of it.  Yet.  But I will.   Here's my initial summary:   

More to come!  

Taking Action on MS Pittsburgh!

With so many ways to Take Action on MS I feel blessed that this past weekend was spent with about 100 fellow MSers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for Genzyme's Take action on MS campaign with Madeleine Stowe. While Madeleine does not have MS, her father did. And boy does she have a lot of good stuff to share with us all.
Knowing that I don't do that well in the heat, I was a bit nervous flying into Pittsburgh with A weather report of 91F and raining. As summer is approaching I was nervous. The MS was starting to creep up on me. I could feel it, time to take action. The week prior to traveling consisted of lots of water and good quality food and some tricks to distress the body. One of my favorite tricks iS an elixir from Orchard Flats Juicery in my home town of La Canada. The one I took was for stress and included ginger, turmeric, B12, lemon and celery. These are amazing! I took two the day before I flew out and the wave of calm over my body felt like a comforting, cooling blanket.

The week prior to flying was a busy one. On top of working with my marketing clients there was much to do for the event this past Saturday. Wardrobe called for some blue shirts so I did a little shopping. Rocked a total deal at TJMaxx when I found a Vince shirt in the color of my eyes. Clothes cleaned, hair and nails done, I was ready for the flight and the stage.
And an early flight it was to be! 7am from local airport, BURbank. Only twenty minutes door to door. Not bad. The big black car picked me up and I was on my way with plenty of clothing options to keep me looking good.
After an easy flight, I met up with the team at Vallozzis restaurant in downtown Pittsburgh. Delish! Starting with about five appetizers followed by an amazing dinner of homemade pappardelle and suckling pig, we were feeling fat and happy. Time to head back to the hotel and get some shut eye. Saturday to be a long day!
Waking in just enough time to doll myself up I left for the event. Time to take action on MS!
I checked out my set and all looked good. I was ready to go!

As the doors opened in cime about 100 folks wither with MS or caretakers of this with it. This is my group! As they settled in I handed out my cheat sheet on managing stress with MS. I love this sheet of tips and tricks and wish I had it fourteen years ago when I was diagnosed. Not a day goes by that I don't use something from this sheet:

There's so much to learn at these events. From managing stress to exercise to emotional issues. And then we all sit down for a lovely lunch and meet Ms Madeleine Stowe and hear about her experiences as a child with a father with MS in a time when they knew nothing about the illness. Her story is a good one. And she's a doll. A very nice, supportive person. Just who we need and want to help us build awareness for the MS community.

So how are you taking action on MS?