May 31, 2011 § 1 Comment
A new chapter and a new beginning. There are so many fears, so many unknowns. I feel confident, yet I find that I am second guessing myself all at the same time… Am I grasping at straws? Am I going crazy? I’m excited and terrified. Excited for the possibility of greatness and terrified that there is a chance that this might not work.
I have been searching for light in a tunnel of darkness. As of right now, there is no official cure for MS. However, while there isn’t a cure, there are a few “treatments” available to slow “disability progression.” That’s some food for thought, “disability progression.” That’s not exactly the word combo that sparks warm, and fuzzy feelings.
In attempt to maintain my sanity, I began researching everything about MS. What research is being done? How close are we to a cure? What causes MS? The list goes on. While a lot of my questions can’t be answered, I found a ton of information on new clinical trials and new procedures that are being done for those with MS. It was so encouraging to see how much headway is being done in the field. Several of the procedures sound quite promising. One method involved “rebooting” ones immune system with stem cells, and another was CCSVI. My thought was, I am young, something has to be developed within the next 5ish years. I mean, look how far they have come in the last 15 years. So, I just have to stay on my treatment medication and something will come along soon enough, right?
Well, it all sounded all fine and dandy until I started realizing how much money has been poured into cancer research… and how we still don’t have a cure for cancer. Countless articles have been published announcing that a cure for cancer is just on the horizon. And then, I realized how many more people have been diagnosed with cancer verses MS and how many more dollars have been poured into cancer research. I desperately believe that both diseases need a cure, it’s just realizing that a cure may never come. A cure may never occur in my lifetime or before I am disabled, if that is indeed the inevitable. My heart sank.
I began to give up hope…
At our family get together this year on Easter, I was able to talk to Terry from Life Fitness Academy in Nashville about everything that has been going on. He asked me if I had thought about a change of diet to help my symptoms. I scoffed, there’s nothing to cure MS. I mean, the National MS Society’s website directly says that a diet won’t help in curing MS. All of the doctors and medical professionals told me to only look at the NMSS.org website when it comes to getting information because there is a lot of MS myths on the internet, therefore I halfway dismissed the thought that there may be a connection between MS and nutrition.
Within a week or so of talking to Terry, we had a few friends over for dinner. Chipotle. Through conversation, they suggested that I watch the movies, Food Matters and Food Inc. I watched both of these movies within a day of each other. Can you say paradigm shift? After watching these movies I began to get a glimpse into how our food is made and processed and how our bodies are incredibly nutritionally deprived… I began to do a ton of research on homeopathic websites, reading nutrition books and the whole nine yards…
The more digging I do, the more I begin to believe that nutritional deficiencies and toxins might have a critical role in developing any autoimmune disease, including MS. It’s pretty insane to have your entire perspective on health and overall wellness change, virtually, overnight. I have been talking with Terry, and he has put together a nutritional plan for me which will include a pretty strict one month detox plan. I am planning on starting this plan this Wednesday.
I am expecting this to be more than difficult as I will be changing a huge part of my life. I’m not going to say that I’m not a little skeptical that nutrition can cure MS, but what do I have to lose? Losing the connivence of a fast food drive through sure beats losing the connivence of being able to walk and take care of yourself. Anyhow, I am planning on documenting my journey on here, the good and the bad, the struggles and the triumphs. I am nervous and excited. I’ll keep you all posted on how it is going.
I’m going to pick up a juicer tomorrow!
May 26, 2011 § Leave a comment
These two words are two words that will forever change my life… I am a relatively new “MSer,” officially diagnosed just over two months ago. Simply put, this blog is to document my “disability progression” as the medical companies phrase it. This is my story, these are my highs and lows, this is my way of dealing with having a chronic, degenerative disease.