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2017 Goals, both MS and non-MS related

It is that time again. Last year I was pretty good at fulfilling my promises to self, so hopefully 2017 will bring as much, if not more, satisfaction. Patting myself on the back for successfully keeping my resolutions. Does that mean I am officially an adult?

Projections for 2017 (in no particular order):
* Actively seek literary agent
* Clean up 2016 NaNoWriMo project
* Develop my next manuscript
* Review 10 books a month (or more). My goal is to pay for Boone's summer camp in full with review money this year.
* Get on the sub list???? (Not totally committed to this yet.)
* Arrange more book signings in new/different locations.
* Learn how to knit socks.
* Be more devoted to my MS Self-help group.
* Do something creative with my front yard.
* Be more diligent with my journal writing.
*Exercise more.

Well, there it is...my list, so far.

HIGHLIGHTS OF 2016:
* Best book(s) read: The Little Paris Bookshop and Chef Interrupted
* Boone placing in Globaloria competition as well as math Field Day
* Boone…

Boxing Day...Bring out the gloves!

National Multiple Sclerosis SocietySponsored ·  Give your tax-deductible year-end gift today! Donate by Dec. 31st to help fund life-changing research and  services.

Today is the official "return" day for all you gift recipients with ill-fitting, ill-selected Christmas gifts. The malls will be swamped (again) and bargains will be thrown out there (again), enticing your pocket book.  I do not plan to be in the mix of shopping fanatics. All my gifts fit, both my body and my soul. But I commit a portion of my book sales to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and I will honor my promise and the 2016 deadline before the week ends.
12.95
                                                                      15.00 Get them both for 25.00. I pay postage. Message me and I will personally get these signed, award winning books out to you ASAP; and add your donation to my year end gift to NMSS.
If you are battling the crowds today (again), good luck and Godspeed.
Lisa

Don't let the holidays get you down: A holiday gripe session

When I saw this posted on face book not long ago, my heart wept. Since my diagnosis fifteen years ago, I have often known that this is me. So many people I once called friends are no longer in my life. They do not call, visit, or even recognize the fact that I am still alive. I stay in contact as much as possible, but after a while this one sided relationship just does not make sense. I refuse to make excuses for my lack of social interaction. It is just not possible any more. And when it is possible, it is no longer fun. 
Retirement has placed a heavy and welcome financial burden on my life that requires me to reevaluate priorities. There is no one no thing more important to me than my son; thus, any extracurricular spending goes to his well being. This often determines how well I address my own health, wants, or needs. And that's okay. I am a mother, number one. A huge lesson I have learned this year: Raising a teenager is much more expensive than I EVER expected.
So, "once fr…

Travelling with MS

Grandma's house. It's just down the street!


Well, it is here. The holiday season. If you traveled for Thanksgiving then you already have a head's up on the preparation route. AND you have had time to recover, hopefully...

Now it's time to get back on that wagon and enjoy the ride. Whether you like it or not!:)

'Tis the season!

Fortunately I no longer have much required travelling in order to enjoy my holiday activities. Mom and Dad live right down the street; my brothers will be hanging out there; and my Dad will pick up his sister in plenty of time for the Chevy Chase mayhem that occurs annually at my parent's  home. 

Many of us, though, are not as fortunate in holiday travel plans. Travel with MS, even short jaunts, can be excruciatingly stressful.
Take a deep breath and experiment with some of the tips and resources I have found.

https://www.liftms.com/action/ms-travel
www.access-able.com
www.nationalmssociety.org/travel

The first thing you need to do pre-travel is ca…

How are you feeling? Part 2: Reflections

It is not such a bad thing to be asked. In fact, it is a polite courtesy in the Miss Manners etiquette we all taught early in life.  so, why does it make us feel so weird?

So, I walk with the assistance of a cane. Big deal. Maybe it's a fashion statement. Maybe I just like canes. Maybe it's one of your business.

Okay, that is rather rude.

It is also rather rude to pose that question when you really do not want to hear the reply. I think that is the major issue here. Because if we warriors really opened up and gave an honest response to that inquiry our already limited friend base would quickly diminish even further. I mean, do they really, really want to be told about the number of falls experienced in a typical day? The urgency of our bladder situation? The embarrassment of eating in public with numbed fingers? The disappointment of missing a social event because of fatigue? The feeling of being a burden on your family?

Answer: No, no, no, no, and no. 

Of course, me being nonverba…

How are you Feeling?

Yes, I realize tht I am guilty hof plagiarism. I am, after all, a retired English teacher. Plagiarism is a BIG thing in my circle. 
But, this issue requires something more than an opportunity hto cick on a link. Not that I have anyting against "links." They are very helpful; but I also am a strong believer in saving time. Thus, my crime of plagiarism.
Your comments (on the aricle, not my crime) are apopreciated.
The Question “How are you feeling?” And The Mixed Feelings It Can Cause Devin Garlit- If there is one question that those with a chronic illness like multiple sclerosis hear a lot, it’s “How are you feeling?” or some variation of it. It may seem like something so simple, so common, but it’s something that stirs up mixed emotions for someone like me. At times, it can be an extremely positive measure, that I’m very thankful for. However, other times, it can leave me feeling a little down depending on the circumstances. Regardless of how it makes you feel, it’s a question y…

What do you do to stay sharp?

This is what a NaNoWriMo winner looks like near the end of her challenge. Eyes nearly closed, forced smile, listless posture...but look at those two books in front of her. These are results of past NaNoWriMo events. It's worth it. Wish I could keep it up all year round!

Last month in my MS Support Group meeting, one member posed the question "What do you do to stay sharp?" Yep, my group actually has homework!

I didn't need to think about it too awfully long, seeing as how I was in the thick of National Novel Writing Month, an event I look forward to all year. NaNoWriMo is  self-inflicted challenge that many writers commit too every November. I love it. I hate it. I live for it. It keeps me relatively sharp in times of MS cog fog.

Now that NaNoWriMo 2016 has concluded I am in search of a new challenge to keep those brain waves dancing.

This is what I brought to the table during yesterday's meeting:
Knitting is my go-to challenge because it requires concentration (of s…

This Writer's Euphoric Journey

It is November and that means National Novel Writing Month. I participate every year. As always, I am behind on my writing goal for the month: WRITE 50,000 WORDS  IN 30 DAYS. 

With only two days to go, I still need 10,000 to finish. 

So...I will see you here again on Wednesday or at the end of my journey of 50,000 words. Until then, breathe.

Lisa


Keeping Your Friends Close...

Good morning, my fellow warriors! What a beautiful morning it is here in Monongah, West Virginia. After a rather rude announcement of winter weather, I find it refreshing to talk to you while looking out my window on the new fallen snow. And I know all those deer hunters out there are happy to see that natural tracking device that was thrown their way for the first day of doe season.

I admit that I do love the snow and was thrilled to see a virtual white out on my television screen Saturday night when  I tuned in to the WVU football game. That was the only good thing about that game and I don't want to talk about it any further, so let's move on.

The point is: Winter is here. As far as the weather is concerned. 

That means the eating season is on, boys and girls! This week is Thanksgiving, my favorite holiday of the year. With Thanksgiving comes all those yummy dishes that I anticipate all year long. Many (most) of those food items are rather unhealthy, but I always over indulge,…

Exercise benefits MS Warriors

Two Small Studies Find Benefits of Exercise for People with MS with Moderate to Severe Problems with Movement November 9, 2016 SummaryTwo small studies report on the benefits of exercise for people with MS who have moderate to severe mobility impairments. This research shows the importance of physical activity in enabling people with all forms of MS to live their best lives.The National MS Society provides resources on exercise for people living with all forms of MS, as well as for healthcare providers. Further information on increasing physical activity in adults with disabilities is available from the Centers for Disease Control.Details
Background: Growing evidence suggests that exercise is good for a person’s overall health and for reducing other health conditions (co-morbidities).  Research in MS has also suggested that exercise training is effective for improving aerobic capacity and muscle strength, mobility, quality of life, and may benefit cognition, fatigue and depression. How…

Pamper your MS today. It's been working hard.

But it is difficult, isn't it?
I was supposed to attend a meeting at a local post office today to get information about obtaining new passports for my family. The content of the meeting sounded really interesting and my husband and I have talked often about updating our travel vouchers and getting one for our son. Even in these days of terrorist threat and airport dangers, we realize that travel is inevitable and often necessary. So, I agreed to attend this Passport Fair to educated us on the how's.

Well, after re-reading the newspaper advertisement for the event this morning, I realized that, though the Fair sounded interesting, I really did not need to remove myself from my home today in order to obtain a renewed passport. Passports are issued every day with out the assistance of a public gathering. And.....we do not plan on leaving the country in the foreseeable future....if ever!

So, why would I even entertain the thought of getting all dolled up (aka putting on clean underwe…