30 Years

How ironic that today, on my thirtieth wedding anniversary, I just finished reading, Heather Havrilesky’s New York Times article, Marriage Requires Amnesia: Do I hate my husband? Oh for sure, yes, definitely. I’m happy to say that after three decades, I don’t hate my husband. I fell in love with a handsome, hard-working, good man…

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….

Stuck in a Spasm Chasm

Days two through four out of my Self-Care journey have focused on the bane of my existence: Spasticity. Dr. Tara Tobias explains spasticity as a “movement disorder characterized by a velocity-dependent increase in muscle tone due to hyper-excitability of the reflex arc”. In other words, my body resists any attempts to lengthen certain muscles. If…

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…

Stumbling Towards Self-Care

While playing around with different WordPress themes I noticed that some give a tagline option. As I transition from posting on Facebook to only posting on my blog, I’ve been trying to figure out: What’s the focus of this space? Why should anyone give a damn and stop by?  As I messed around with a…

The Kind Words of Others

I love writing about women’s issues, integrative healthcare, communication, and mind-body therapies. Years ago I wrote a women’s health and wellness newsletter, Enter the Circle, that eventually became a blog. I self-published a book with two friends, Confessions of a Self-Help Junkie that can be purchased online. But once I was diagnosed with MS and…

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…

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…