To Share or Not to Share?

Six weeks ago my mom read a post I wrote and wondered (publicly in my comments section I might add) why I don’t share with her the shittier parts of having MS? It was a fair question that got me wondering. Maybe I’m too secretive? Maybe I’m too sensitive? Maybe I’m just an asshole? So I decided to take…

Living With MS: What I Wish I Had Been Told When I Was Diagnosed

If you’re newly diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, I’m happy to give you my number with the understanding that you may never call me because: A) I’m a stranger B) You’ll probably spend the next 6 months scouring the internet and come across a plethora of amazing and downright dangerous suggestions that you’ll try before calling…

Cognitive Load

When you have a condition that affects mobility, traveling anywhere involves planning, research and in some cases stress-induced, ingenuity. Normally when I attend a Politics and Prose book reading it’s held at Sixth and I. This historic DC venue is one I’ve scoped out, mastered and feel comfortable navigating either via car or public transportation….

How You Move Is…

I absolutely love this commercial.  It’s a catchy, high-energy advertisement for Hospital of Special Surgery (HSS). The song takes residence in my head as I enjoy the fun, fresh moves of the actors as well as the expressions on their faces as they move.  Motion allows them to show joy, excitement, confidence, curiosity, and even aggression…

Turns Out I’m Not A Fan of Yoga Challenges

I like the idea of a daily yoga challenge. The problem is, I don’t actually like doing them because it’s an easy way to bullshit myself. When I couldn’t make it to the studio, I’d simply unroll my mat for about 20 minutes of yoga. Or do a few asanas in the kitchen while waiting…

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…