What’s Working Part One

Trying to live well with a neurological condition makes neuroplasticity my holy grail, but the brain’s ability to reorganize itself is only part of the equation. Reincorporating muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints that have been offline due to disuse is just as important. For the past month I’ve been adopting a new rehabilitation approach that…

Disease Progression VS Disuse Progression

When diagnosed with something progressive, healthcare professionals warn you about the bad stuff, while sugarcoating the message just enough to be encouraging. They want you to “prepare for the worst, yet hope for the best.” Your _______ (fill in the blank) diagnosis will either destroy you (so be prepared) or by some miracle everything will…

Self-Care Continues

I’ve spent the past few weeks figuring out the best way to re-wire my brain and the best way, in my opinion, would be to use the PoNS™ device. PoNS™ (short for Portable Neuromodulation Stimulator) allows a neural network originating in the tongue to produce a “neural cascade, which flows to the brainstem located in…

Brains Over Brawn

Although working smart not hard is always my goal when you have a disability, smart work morphs into a necessity. If your weak left side keeps you from carrying a box of items down a flight of steps, you better figure out a smart and safe way to get your stuff to the first floor….

100 Days of Self-Care

I was supposed to start this 3 weeks ago. Clearly I need an accountability partner or something. So I’m going to post daily and shame myself into getting my shit together. Luckily I don’t write professionally because this would certainly result in my being fired. Professional journalists do some type of challenge, take notes, then…

Benefitting from BE Fit Movement Therapy

After experiencing success with a NeuroKinetic based chiropractor, I wanted to find a trainer familiar with NKT as well. Luckily Bianca Eulitz, a Personal Trainer (ACE), Massage Therapist (LMT) and owner of BE Fit Movement Therapy, sees clients close by in Rockville, MD. Normally when I hear the word trainer I immediately think sweaty workouts…

What I’ve Learned from my Eleven Year Shit Show

I spent the entire weekend documenting everything I’ve tried for my MS. Thank God for iCal, my Amazon order history and the “purchase” file I keep in my email app. I’m not surprised by the vast majority of medicines, therapies and equipment as much as I’m shocked at what I forgot. For example I literally had…