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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:

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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

Self-Care Challenge #6: Be Positive

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

#selfcareMVMT
Challenge #

BE AWARE - BE POSITIVE

For five days be aware of your mind wandering.  
Watch out for those negative thoughts coming into play.  
Turn it positive!   

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 your thoughts. 

2.     Are they helpful and positive?  or negative?  

3.     Make a change and be positive.

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



Be Positive!

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

Self-Care Challenge #5: Thank a Friend

It's February!  

Now that we're venturing through winter, time to take special note of the gratitude in our lives.  So easy for us to neglect those closest to us.

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

#selfcareMVMT

Challenge #

THANK A FRIEND

For five days "Thank a Friend" with a note, text, call, or hug.   

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



Think of something that your friend brings to your life. That special thing that only your friend can do for you!   

Maybe this friend taught you about loyalty.  Or about kindness.  Maybe they always greet you with a smile.  Or possibly they challenge you to be a better person.  


Whatever the reason, pick up the phone.  Pick up a pen.  Make that reach and tell them what their friendship means to you.  
Register at the Health Storylines App,  
use the My Journal tool.

Life is unpredictable.  Nobody knows what will happen in the coming moments.  Take this moment to show your gratitude for your friend.  Who knows if either one of you will be around to do it tomorrow.   It's an uncertainty that adds stress to our lives.  


Take this moment now.  

1.     Carefully and with intention thank a friend. 

2.     Bring to conversation one thing special about them (if not more).  

3.     Appreciate the feeling as you share your gratitude with them.

4.     Record feelings in My Journal

5.     Share the moment:  #selfcareMVMT

As you grow in your practice throughout these challenges, be mindful of your awareness and intentions.  You will find that your morning intentions will blend in with afternoon creating a full morning of gratitude.  Your meals will become a healing event rather than a shoveling of food.  Even your ability to put off doing things will change, and amazing amounts of stress will be lifted.  

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



Be Thankful!

Register at the Health Storylines App,  

use the My Journal tool.

 #selfcareMVMT



brought to you by Caroline Craven, GirlwithMS and Health Storylines

Self-Care Challenge #4: Do One Thing

Here we are folks, on week four of our 2018 Self Care Challenge!  

Wow.  Can't believe it.  

Our last week for "Make a Change - Made a Difference" might be harder than you think...  Try it and let me know!  


#selfcareMVMT

Challenge 
DO ONE THING

For five days "Do One Thing" that you have put off doing.   

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

Procrastination causes more stress than people imagine.  Stress causes disruptions in many parts of life including digestion and your gut health leading to illness.  And it can exacerbate MS to no end.

To do just one thing that you have been putting off can make a HUGE difference in your life.  

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

We are not talking big tasks, we are talking small, pithy little things that have been on your "to-do" list and have escaped accomplishment.  These little things might be to write a thank you note to an old friend, to mend a sweater, to start a project.  These are "back-burner" items that have been simmering away for months if not years.  


Now is the time to do one!   Even if you do not finish it in one day, that's fine.  Just pick up the project, start a new one, finish an old one.  Do that one nagging thing that keeps your hamsters busy at 2AM when the rest of the world sleeps.    

1.     Carefully and with intention find one task to accomplish. 

2.     No excuses.  Just start it.  

3.     Appreciate the feeling as you accomplish this item.

4.     Record feelings in My Journal

5.     Share the moment:  #EMPOWERStudyMS #challenge #dowhatyoucan #takeTHATms #selfcareMVMT

As you grow in your practice throughout these challenges, be mindful of your awareness and intentions.  You will find that your morning intentions will blend in with afternoon creating a full morning of gratitude.  Your meals will become a healing event rather than a shoveling of food.  Even your ability to put off doing things will change, and amazing amounts of stress will be lifted.  

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!

#EMPOWERStudyMS #dowhatyoucan #spon #takethatms 

#selfcareMVMT







And the size of task does not matter!  I've always wanted to go to the Long Beach Aquarium.  After finishing some tasks, treated myself to a visit.  

I went, kissed a frog, and found my prince!    

You just never know what might happens when you get it done!

Register at the Health Storylines App,  

use the My Journal tool.

 #selfcareMVMT



brought to you by Caroline Craven, GirlwithMS and Health Storylines

Self Care Challenge #3: Slow Down & Smell the Roses

Self Care Begins with Me.

Join us for self care challenge 3! 

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

For FIVE days straight, take five minutes and slow down. Seriously. Just stop what you are doing and smell a flower. Or watch a cloud float pass.  Or maybe a bird flying by.  

The point is to slow down and appreciate. Take the time to love the beauty around you.  Take the time to take care of you. 

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



Learn more at http://girlwithms.com 

As we slowdown and appreciate our attention and intentions become healthier. We become healthier. 


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





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



Just a variety of flowers and trees that I stopped to appreciate yesterday. 

Trust me. This little tip will grow inside you and become a big part of your life. 

If you find yourself stressed use this little tool to help ease you through your struggles.   

Remember to jot your thoughts down in your MyHealthStorylines under the my Journal section. 

Here’s to slowing down and saying #takeTHATms! 

#empowerstudyms  #spon. #slowdown#selfcareMVMT 

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



 #selfcareMVMT


brought to you by Caroline Craven, GirlwithMS and Health Storylines