21 Day Yoga Challenge

Will 21 days of yoga make a difference regarding range of motion (ROM), flexibility and strength if you have MS? Who knows? As much as I love certain modalities that I use to create wellness (Feldenkrais, myofascial work, walking, rowing machine, eliptical & yoga), it’s hard to find something that creates a large, holy shit,…

Coming Back To The Mat

I was a few months from finishing yoga teacher training when I received my MS diagnosis.  Considering how many people swear that yoga healed their MS you would think being a teacher would be an advantage. It would if I were a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants, take-life-one-day-at-a-time, obstacles-are-nothing-more-than-opportunities, no-matter-what-my-body-is-my-temple, type of gal. It would if being in my…

Learning To Walk By Rolling With Health

This is the 4th Post about my DBS Journey.  You can read about my earlier progress via Post 1, Post 2 and Post 3. It’s been almost 4 months since I began using my dynamic bracing system to improve my gait. Apparently, it takes more than 15 weeks to reverse a 5-year physical decline which means… Shit’s…

Learning To Walk Part 2

This is post 3 of a multi-post series about my DBS Journey. Make sure to catch Part 1 and  Part 2 as well. Forty-seven years ago when I was mastering the art of walking I was cute, daring and most importantly, closer to the ground. (And lots of Italians with big hands were there to pick me…

The Bracing Process

This is the 2nd post in a series. Click here for part one. The main reason my brace works so wonderfully is because of its customization. For anyone that works with patients via gait training, rehabilitation, physical therapy, orthotics, and orthopedics you’ll appreciate how John Logue at Gait Dynamics worked with me to get me walking again….

Learning How To Walk Again With My Dynamic Bracing Solution (DBS)

In January 2017 I received my DBS. Pre-Brace Information: I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in September of 2009. With the exception of weakness on extremely hot days, I had no symptoms or issues until the spring of 2012. For the next two years my left sided weakness was minimal and something I could hide…

Tolerating Trump Voters

If you’ve ever wondered whether or not you’re a sinner, the Amazing Bible website has an inventory of 667 biblical sins you can peruse. Spoiler alert: You’re a sinner. But I wouldn’t worry too much about it since Sin #664: Being worried, is one of the sins listed that you’re supposed to avoid. Since EVERYTHING we…

Failing to Understand Stress

I thought that I fully understood the stress response and had been to enough yoga classes to avoid getting sick due to stress. But what I’ve learned over the past year has been a real game changer. It turns out I’ve only scratched the surface when it comes to stress and chances are, you have…