The weather

As a child, I never quite understood how older people could tell it was going to rain or when they said “It’s cold, I can feel it in my bones”. It’s funny how life happens because now I say similar things!

Since being diagnosed with MS, my body lets me know if the humidity is high, if it will rain, and if the temperature is very cold. I experience leg weakness during this time, numbness in toes and sometimes very painful nerve pain. As I type this post, my left big toe is curing numb and I’m having nerve pain in both legs. It really sucks.

However, the show has to still go on. On days like this, I still have to be wifey, mommy and assistant supervisor at work. I pray to God for strength, as tears may flow down my cheeks and slowly get it together. I know there are others who experience this and more. There are other warriors with physical ailments and mental issues that can be thrown off due to the weather.

When it rains, it pours. I wish, I could cut back some of the storms, but unfortunately that can’t happen and that’s Life. How we choose to manage IS up to us.

We can let the weather take over us and our spirit or we can dance in the rain and view the rainbow that follows.

Thanks for reading,

Nicole Cherise ♥️

The intimacy of holding hands

Hi everyone! I hope you all are having a good weekend so far! I was at wedding last night and like many others, it brought back many memories of my own wedding day. Weddings can stir many emotions amongst couples, they might pick up the romantic vibes during the couple’s dance, the exchange of vows and even when look at each other. One thing that I notice besides a smooch here and there are the holding of hands.

I know not all people are not into being lovey dovey constantly while others live off public display affection for one another. I’m affectionate and one of the ways I like to express my love is to hold hands. If I’m holding hands with my DH, I feel special, I feel safe, I feel the warmth of his body and that’s a great feeling.. When I hold hands with my son, I’m making sure he feels the same. My son knows that mommy will protect him and he can Trust me.

The power of a loving physical touch can bring joy and peace into your life. However, interlocking of hands can present an intimacy that is indescribable.

What about you all? Do you like to hold hands?

Thanks for reading,

Nicole Cherise ♥️

Nicole Cherise’s MS Chronicles: what I dislike most

Hey guys! Happy Friday 🙌🏾🙌🏾

One of the things I planned to do more in this blog is to spread Multiple Sclerosis Awareness and my journey battling it. I’m an open book in regards to this because I want to make sure people who are affected by the disease understand that they are not alone, and that also includes caregivers.

What I dislike most besides the diagnosis and symptoms, is the UNPREDICTABILITY of MS.

This is a challenge because earlier in the day I could be great, then all of a sudden my left leg will get weak and I start to limp or drag it. Making plans truly sucks because I can have something planned out a month prior and then the week of or even the DAY of, my legs decide not to work or I’m in a lot of pain. Pleeeeeeeease don’t even let me start about the weather. If the humidity is high, I feel drained. If it’s raining or freezing cold, it literally hurts me.

This gets me bummed out because I do not drive during these times, sometimes I need assistance walking, I do not get to exercise as much as I’d like to and I don’t always have the energy to run after my son. I do cry about this, I do get angry, but I try to remember that I’m still blessed. Many fellow MS Warriors are in wheelchairs, need walking aids Everyday and I’m sure they would trade places with me any day.

To put me in a “better place” mentally, I think of my “Why?”. I think of my family and friends, whom are my support system. I need them just like they need me so I can’t give up! So, to anyone who battles a chronic disease, and caregivers, please hold on. Do not give up. I can’t promise you that life will be “great” but I can promise that you have a pal in me if you ever need that extra support.

Thank you all for reading a part of my MS Chronicles

Nicole Cherise ♥️

Whatever don’t……

“Whatever don’t kill me, Gets me through the day”

All praises to the Lord for providing me the strength and guidance to Keep Going even when my body is attacking itself.

My hope is that anyone who is going through the storms in their life, please remember you are NOT walking alone. Sometimes the weight of physical and mental health leaves you to feel as if your too weak, no my friends you Won’t FALL!

Nicole Cherise ♥️

Motivational Monday: Waiting for your time to Shine

Good morning on this motivational Monday! I hope all had a wonderful weekend and will have a great week.

I truly believe that we can Win, and be successful. We do, though, reach our personal success at different times and in different ways. Some are born with resources while others have to network to get through the door. I believe that our circumstances build our character. While we are busy working towards our goals, waiting for it to come into fruition is hard. Friends, we control 2 things while we wait: 1) how we wait and 2) whom we become during the process.

How we wait is important because it’s truly the “make it or break it” for our ambitions. If we have negative thoughts because what we want didn’t happen yet, we can start to believe that it just might not and give up. Friends, we can’t do that. If it takes daily affirmations, vision boards, praying, support groups of like-minded individuals, please do it. The last thing you want is to have regrets because you were too impatient.

Who we become during the process is important as well. We can become that person who held tight to their dreams and worked hard for them to become a reality or a person who watches others make moves and remain in a fantasy world. This is a challenge because Life happens so it’s easy to strike out to curve balls. This does not make you less of a great person, but it does set the tone for your future.

Giving up is easy because the responsibility is off of our shoulders. However, being persistent and Not giving up is Courageous.

I hope this post finds you well, and can aid in the process of what you are trying to accomplish.

Thanks for reading!

Nicole Cherise ♥️

When feuding, What’s considered below the belt?

Hey guys!

This is always a topic of discussion when you have people who are arguing/feuding. I haven’t been in too many encounters where I’m at the blows with someone but I always had the attitude that you can say whatever you want about me but leave my family out of it.

I think that’s why I never liked “yo mama” jokes because I wasn’t having it. Is it suppose to be all fun? Yes. However, I’ve always felt some jokes had truth to it so in efforts to not unleash my temper, I decided I wasn’t going to participate in that lol 🤷🏾‍♀️.

Now, I know for some, they can ignore words about their family but have an issue if you disrespect their manhood/womanhood or their money. I agree those are below the belt references as well. Then again, you have some that do not care. They believe that nothing is off limits when going for the attack against you.

What are your thoughts friends? What do you consider below the belt or things that are off limits when you are fighting? Now this doesn’t only mean against an enemy, but this can be heated discussions with a significant other, friends, family, co-workers etc.. Let me know 🙃☺️

Thank you for reading!

Nicole Cherise ♥️

Where is the love?-Sometimes the bees in your life don’t deserve honey!

I know we have heard the phrase, “you attract more bees with honey than vinegar”. I actually live by this, Most of the time. The issue that presents itself is that my kindness and sweet gestures are often taken for granted. Some people just are takers and it doesn’t matter if you give them your last cent, they will continue to demand more of you.

I’m slowly but surely learning that folks are undeserving of my kindness, time and patience. So, I will continue to be me but with better discernment.

Friends, do you ever feel this way? How do you handle it? Let me know below!

Thanks for reading!

Nicole Cherise ♥️