“Will You Still Love Me If I …?”

Being Lydia!

I had the TV on for background noise yesterday while I was working on a cake. If I am alone and not at the computer I have to have something on, whether it is the radio or the TV. I leave it on the same station that I watch the news on and it just goes on with talk shows, soap operas, whatever. It doesn’t matter because I am not watching, I just need to hear talking or I get too distracted – as ironic as that may sound.

But two things did grab my attention.

The first was “The Talk”. Their final guest was Charlie Puth and I was very impressed with him. He is funny and a very talented singer/ songwriter. He told Sharon Osborne that he almost didn’t get to sing the song that made him famous “See You Again” on which he was featured with Wiz…

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The ABC’s of Remaining Optimistic When You Just Aren’t Feeling It

If you are experiencing chronic pain, read then post!!!!

Reclaiming HOPE

ABCs of Remaining Optimistic

The last couple of weeks have been tough — a monster headache last week, and this week, I had the worst fibro flare I’ve had in a long time. I’ve spent all week just trying to get through each day. On days like these, it’s really hard to feel very optimistic, but one of the building blocks of my HOPE plan is optimism, so I need to find a way to be optimistic even if I don’t feel it.

Why would optimism be important to living well with chronic pain. or any chronic illness for that matter? The definition of optimism on Dicitionary.com is this: “a disposition or tendency to look on the more favorable side of events or conditions and to expect the most favorable outcome.” I’m not talking about unicorns and glitter here — I’m talking about feeling that I can do something to improve the way I…

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Welcome Dream Big Partner: mydangblog!!

I am pleased to welcome the latest blogger to become a Dream Big Partner: mydangblog:

Here is an excerpt from mydangblog’s about page:

I post weekly humorous essays which allow me to focus on the weirdly wonderful aspects of my life. Each essay is stand-alone–no chronological knowledge is required, so feel free to go back to earlier weeks. My favorite is…well, there are lot of different topics. Read, enjoy, and keep coming back.

You can find mydangblog’s logo in my sidebar and on the Partners’ Page at the top of my website!  When you visit be sure to tell em Danny sent ya!

The Finite Difference Between Acute and Chronic

Being Lydia!

I still remember the first thing said at my two-month pain clinic. This could be partly due to the fact I took it twice (due to my father’s passing); however, it is mostly because of the impact that it made on all of us.

“You are not here for us to help you get rid of your pain. If that was possible, you wouldn’t be here. We are here to help you manage that pain and have a better life in spite of it.”

Acute pain is what you get when you break a leg, have a headache or need your appendix removed. It is there to warn you of some danger or issue that needs to be looked after. When you put your hand on something hot you feel burning pain and usually remove it pretty quickly so you do not get severely burned. This is your brain receiving…

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Fearless Friday

Fearless

I haven’t felt fearless this week.  I feel like I have gone back to where I was before I took the Ampyra and maybe even worse. Or maybe it just seems that way.  On Monday, I told you about the struggle to find financial assistance for the Ampyra I started taking a little over a year ago that was improving a lot of my MS Symptoms.  I also told you about a bad fall I had that day. 

On Wednesday I told you that I was still unable to find financial assistance. 

My symptoms have regressed in the following ways:

  • my right foot is dragging more
  • it is more difficult to do my ankle and foot exercises
  • my right hand is less able to do the occupational therapy exercises I do with therapy putty
  • my R hand can hardly hold anything and
  • my fatigue has increased probably due to the…

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Is one of the medicines working?

Yesterday I wanted to write a post about which medicines are working. I woke up yesterday feeling great, great as far as a good MS day. I worked out Saturday, Sunday and Monday having no pain in my arm or shoulder.  What was more amazing was…

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Today’s Featured Blog…Pain Pals!!

Pain Pals

Good Morning and welcome to another week, another Monday Magic and some more great blog posts to explore!  Monday Magic

Here in England the schools return this week, much to my daughter’s disgust, and it feels slightly odd that we only have one child still at school.  I have almost missed the ritual trip out to buy school shoes and stationary, but my 15 year old doesn’t need me for this any longer.  Note that I have said ALMOST, not really missing queuing up with a numbered ticket in a branch of Clarks along with a bunch of harassed mums and boisterous children……however there are going to be some shopping lists I should think, ahead of the soon to be politics student going off to uni in a couple of weeks.  He is more concerned about his football season ticket and joining the Facebook freshers’ group than how many sets of…

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Welcome Dream Big Partner: Runaway Nuns and Leprechauns!!

I am pleased to welcome the latest blogger to become a Dream Big Partner: Runaway Nuns and Leprechauns:

 

Here is an excerpt from Runaway Nuns and Leprechauns’ about page:

“Runaway Nuns and Leprechauns… an odd name for a blog or what? We’d actually prefer it to be known as a peaceful, magical and mystical spot. It’s a spot where you can stop in for a daily dose of love and laughter sprinkled with a bit of chaos, confusion and lunacy. You can get great recipes and cooking tips, as well as drilling and building ideas. Who does that? Who knows their way around the kitchen and around the tool shed? 
Well, I guess that’s part of what’ll make this blog so interesting – that and the brief glimpse you’ll get into a very elite and exclusive lifestyle – one that supports a “never a dull moment” and “everything ain’t for everybody” attitude. 
By the way, remember to keep an open mind (no judging or finger pointing), a watchful eye (be on the lookout for random giveaways), and a positive -pay it forward-attitude (everybody could use an occasional leg up). 
Now I know it sounds easy, but don’t get it twisted, this “dance ain’t for everybody”, it’s not always a bowl full of cherries, but we make the best of it by drinking a whole lot of lemonade and by praying daily for peace, patience and understanding; after all, we woke up like this!”

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You can find the Runaway Nuns and Leprechauns logo in my sidebar and on the Partners’ Page at the top of my website!  When you visit be sure to tell em Danny sent ya!

 

Welcome Dream Big Partner: Level Up Stud!

I am pleased to welcome the latest blogger to become a Dream Big Partner: Level Up Stud::

Here is an excerpt from Level Up Stud’s about page:

Rich Level-Up Stud

Hey everyone, my name is Rich. I am the creator of Level-Up Stud.

Although this site is based around me. Everything here is for you.

Like you I’m living life and learning every single day.

So check back every day,  I’m sure you’ll find what you’re looking for.

Welcome to 

Level-Up Stud

You’re probably wondering, who the hell is this guy? What’s his story? And where did Level-Up Stud come from?

Well, it’s a long story so get comfy.

You can find the Level Up Stud logo in my sidebar and on the Partners’ Page at the top of my website!  When you visit be sure to tell em Danny sent ya!

 

Today’s Featured Blog…MSnuButterflies!!

MSnubutterflies

A funny thing happened this past Friday. Well I can say it’s funny now. It had been a difficult day already. I wasn’t feeling well. My leg was dragging and my arm just didn’t feel right.

I went outside for a bit but when I tried to come in I found myself stuck. It’s not unusual for me to hold on to the handle of the glass sliding door to aid in helping me raise my left foot over the step. I couldn’t do that this time. It was as if my brain just quit. My legs didn’t know what they were supposed to do. My left arm had gone completely limp. I was standing there just stuck. I could feel my legs start to tremble and knew I was going to go down.


At that time I called out to my son and told him he was going to…

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