Category: Multiple Sclerosis Awareness

Testimony

Emotional Days happen.

MS symptoms can try to take over my spirit. Being a wife, a mother, a scholar, and a hard worker can be overwhelming. I’m sure many of you have felt the same. I’m here to tell you that victory is ours.

This picture was taken after crying my little heart out but a crooked smile was able to surface. I continued to think about my “why?” and I was able to wooo saaa and calm down. I pray that you all can find reason to smile after your storms. I’m here for you if you need me ♥️

Thank you for reading,

Nicole Cherise ♥️

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 ♥️

Be Productive

Happy Monday friends!

For many, Monday symbolizes the start of the work week. We have to hustle and bustle to meet deadlines etc.. however, sometimes the Monday blues brings us into a slump. We may feel lazy and unaccomplished.

I, too, get into a slump and often feel overwhelmed. I try to remind myself that I’m not perfect and if I at least try to complete something for the day, then I was productive.

As a MS patient, getting out of the bed can be a challenging task. Some days I truly run out of spoons (spoon theory) because I don’t have the energy. Therefore, I try to keep a positive attitude and do the best that I can.

That’s all we can do. Try to conquer a goal for the day. That can be smiling when someone gives a good morning greeting, take a walk for break, exercise, begin the starting steps to owning your business, and more! Whatever it is and what ever it takes, just try.

I hope this helps someone. Remember, we are in this life journey together. There are others who feel just like you do. I’m here.

Thanks for reading! ~Nicole Cherise♥️

World MS Day🧡🧡🧡

May 30th, World MS Day! It may just be a day for some but this is a battle for others and myself everyday. What is it? MS is a disease that affects the Central Nervous System. Lesions can be founds on the brain and spinal cord due to the myelin being damaged for reasons we don’t know. This causes symptoms such as numbness, nerve pain, dizziness, the inability to walk, slurred speech, fatigue, blurred vision, double vision, memory loss, and more. No two people with MS are alike because it’s very complexed. MS is also considered an invisible disease because like myself, in the first stages, you can do your best to disguise it. However, it does progress and many of our warriors can need walking assistance devices or could be wheel chair bound. Unfortunately, in the Last stage, like many other brain diseases, the brain can be so damaged that eating, caring for yourself and speaking, slowly diminish away 😔 I’m praying for a Cure so that no one else has to endure this horrible disease…. so if you know someone battling the disease please give them a high five or a hug 🧡 I stand proud as a Warrior and we will continue to Fight!! M S.. made Strong! 🧡🧡🧡

Nicole Cherise

It feels like Jell-o… MS Symptoms 101

Today started as a typical Monday. The weather in LI is light rain and windy. I was in a good mood and work was going ok. After 2 pm, that changed! 
I started to feel dizzy and my legs began to feel wobbly. The feeling of Jell-O came over me and tried my best to hold it together. It wasn’t until I got home, where I broke down and later fell. 

You know what’s so interesting about being diagnosed with MS? Its regardless of how long I have been battling this debilitating disease, the same “original” 101 symptoms still occur. A year prior to diagnosis, my legs felt like jello all the time. It felt like gravity was pulling me down but yet I “looked” ok. 
Currently, I plan to diffuse some essential oils and apply some topically to my legs. I use doTerra DDR Prime and Francencinse for my legs; and peppermint oil for my headaches. Take deep breaths and relax. Snuggles from the hubby and son helps too 😉❤️. 
Thanks for reading friends
Nicole Cherise ❤️

As a MS patient, my dear loved ones, I’m trying. 

In the past 8 years, I’ve battle symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis. I’m an open book about this, therefore it’s no secret. I like to spread awareness so that others who are afraid, can Know they are not alone. Not only does MS have physical challenges but it also makes us schedule our lives differently.

I often cry to myself because I would make plans with people that I love and have to cancel because I don’t feel well. It’s hard to believe because on the outside, I “appear” to have it together. Yes, my fro is in place, my clothes look neat, I made it to work (somehow), I smile in selfies (hey, I like to take pics 💁🏾), I upload pics of my family but the truth is, it takes a lot of me to do those things. 

I want my family, friends and church family  to know that I truly love you all. I appreciate your words of kindness, prayers and guidance. I miss the “old” Nik all the time. I loved being able to just get up and go  and attend most events that people hosted. Now, that I’m a wife and mom, they are my immediate family. I try to be there for them during the moments I do have some additional energy while working full time. That doesn’t mean that I love any of you less or that I don’t want be a better family member, better friend, or church sister. God forbid if things went left and the disease progress agressively (which could happen), it’s going to be my husband and son who are obligated to step in as Caregivers. Doesn’t that mean that other family and friends can’t help? No, but you all have families as well to attend to. I’m a selfless person especially about that. Don’t stop plans, or life because of little ole me. Heck, I even feel that way for husband and son too. 

I also can’t forget the grieving that I’m still trying to process. At times, I’m just sad and want to be Still. I want to seek comfort from God’s promises and rest. While at rest, I’m mentally,  emotionally and physically calming down from stress. Losing my father and Goddaughter is a type pain that I never experienced and trust me, I’m doing my best. 


Through it all, I believe things will get better, I will get better. My relationships will grow better. I love you all and I ask that you don’t give up on me. I don’t need sympathy, just patience and understanding. Thank you 🙏🏾

Nicole Cherise

Fight on MS Warrior

Hi great people!

Today was the Long Island MS Walk. I’ve walked every year since I was diagnosed in 2010. However, lately, I was in a rut about going. I wasn’t feeling my best physically or mentally. It wasn’t until 8 am this morning when I said, “Ok I’m going”. My team came with me and we had a good time. 


I met a very nice woman named, Margaret Murphy who works at the National MS Society Long Island Chapter. I told her that I plan to be more involved with MS events in the future. I also did my annual pic with  my dear friend Erin who inspires me so much! 


So it turned out to be great after all and I’m happy I went! I’m blessed to have my supporters from near and far. Those who have helped me spiritually, those gave those pep talks and donated to the National MS society! Because of you, someone can get assistance with wheel chairs, walkers, coverage for treatment and the list goes on. On behalf of MS Warriors, THANK YOU! 

I hope everyone is having a good weekend so far! 😊

Nicole Cherise ❤️