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…

2017: Cautious Optimism Or Reckless Certainty?

A few months ago I was frustrated by my continued gait dysfunction. No matter which medications I’ve taken (Copaxone, Tysabri, Ampyra, Low Dose Naltrexone), therapies I’ve attempted (yoga, Feldenkrais, Anat Baniel Method, physical therapy, myofascial release, basic calisthenics), or medical equipment I’ve purchased (AFOs, foot drop braces, canes), my walking was going to shit. I’d…

We Need an American Haka!

Aggression is defined as “hostile or violent behavior or attitudes toward another; readiness to attack or confront”.    Silva in 1980, stated that there are 3 types of aggression: Hostile Aggression Intent to harm Goal to harm Unusual effort and energy expenditure Instrumental / Channeled Aggression Intent to harm Goal to win No anger Assertive…

Failing to Solve the Problem in Front of Me

What do mean girls, martians and babies have in common? The all solve their problems one at a time. Cady Heron understood this: Babies do it all day long as they slowly map out their newly acquired brains: And in The Martian, Andy Weir taught us that “you solve one problem, then you solve another problem, and…

Shut Up and Do the Work

Today, in Frederick, MD it was 64 degrees on February 20th! I ran to the bank early this morning when it was only 47 degrees and the insanity had already started. Folks in tank tops were jogging around snow piles that were 2 feet high and lots of shorts were seen walking in and out…

Failing to Vibrate Daily

Before we get started, I’ve got to know. Why exactly did you click on this blog post? Who are you, Samantha Jones? What type of daily vibration do you think I’m talking about? I’m talking about Whole Body Vibration. You see, the vibrator I use doesn’t fit in a nightstand. It’s a whole body vibration…