I know I have been MIA for a bit, but I’m still tripping along. Many of you know that I am expecting another baby in April (IT’S ANOTHER BOY!) and I’m so excited. I feel that boys are fun and my son can have a best friend as they grow older. My husband and I have another little cub in our “Wolf Pack” So, it’s all good.
This pregnancy has been VERY different though. With my first, there were times I forgot that I was pregnant or that I battled MS because I barely experienced any symptoms. However, this time around the moment of finding out it seems I was reminded every day that I was carrying life and the immediate changes that occurred in my body. I still have weakness in my legs at times, my belly popped out sooner and I’ve been very achy. Through it all, I’m still standing and remaining thankful.
I know pregnancy is a privilege to many and I don’t take it for granted. It’s also a responsibility to our families and communities. What we teach and how we teach our youth can determine how they create themselves to the world. Therefore, raising two young men, holds a lot of importance to me. I promised, their Mother to do my best by them for eternity and I have faith that I will.
Thank you for reading and for your patience as this mama is busy on the Grow.
Last night, I had the honor of attending the National MS Society Long Island Chapter event. It recognized the top fundraisers for the Walk MS 2019. Team Nicole Cherise earned a little over $1700 and we were placed at number 64!!! I’m so thankful to those who have walked with me and supported our team for such a cause that is near and dear to me. Next year will be TEN years diagnosed with MS and I will continue to spread awareness and fight for a cure! God bless you all and let’s get to work for 2020!!!
Father God, thanks for another year of Life! I see great things for chapter 34. I’m growing, Healing and forgiving so that the best ME can flourish. Thank you for my family and friends, because they help me in so many ways and I love them dearly. Thank you for the strength to battle MS like the true WARRIOR that I am. Cheers to PURTY-FOUR!!! Also, shout out to my fellow LEOs, our Official season is here (it’s really all year round tho)🥳🥳🥳♥️♥️♥️ #nicolecherise #34 #leoseason
On today, 9 years ago, I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. After receiving the news I felt relief. I was experiencing symptoms for a year before getting this news and I was just happy that I wasn’t crazy. The symptoms at that time was numb and weakness on my left side of my left shoulder, arm, fingers, leg, feet and toes. I would fall, and needed assistance to walk. My hands would fall asleep a lot and I battled nerve pain. It all made sense once the neurologist showed me the images of my Brain that at the time had 9 lesions on it. This was all the confirmation I needed.
I’ve learned a lot about myself since the diagnosis. I realized that I am strong, my Faith was tested, I can be too critical of myself, it’s ok to say “No” and I learned the importance of support.
The Long Island MS Walk is May 18th and I’m super excited this year. I will have my family, friends and some friends from work to walk along with me and other MS Warriors.
Thank you to my family and friends for loving me and all of the challenges that may come with me. Thank you to all who have prayed for me. Thank you to those who reach out to see how I’m feeling. Thank you to those who donated to our Walk MS team “Nicole Cherise”. Thank you to those who have reached out to me for support during their own MS diagnosis. Lastly, thank you to my New MS Warrior friends, we are in this journey together and I love the fact that I can chat with others who can Relate.
Where is the Love for the MS Warriors? Right here!!!
As I’ve written before, March is MS Awareness Month and this week is MS Awareness week. Even with my wobbly legs, I am continuing to Push Through!
I made a choice to show up strong for my loved ones, go to work even when it hurts, and I’ve modified outfits so that I’m comfortable as an effort to beat the challenges of MS. There are some days that I’m not able to give 100% but trust and believe giving 0% is NOT an option .
To my fellow Warriors and Caregivers, I’m proud of you for Not giving up. The Pain and Depression is real and can effect us but I believe in You! I also believe that we will be Victorious against this horrible disease. Therefore, I will continue to send spiritual and positive energy your way! Thank you all for being supportive to me as well!
That’s something I continue to tell myself during challenging times. It’s not easy battling a difficult disease like MS, but I can’t give in to it. I know many that read my blog, are battling other autoimmune diseases, mental health issues, or spiritual brokenness. I also, know that Caregivers have a challenging task when it comes to watching someone they love suffer. WE ARE NOT ALONE! Together, we can lift one another up because Support goes a long way.
This past week, I had my Tysabri treatment and the days after were rough. I had difficulty walking, it was a task to get dressed, I fell twice and I cried because of the pain and weakness in my legs. Even during this time of despair, I promised myself that I wouldn’t give up and I would PUSH through it all at my own pace. I urge you all to do the same. I went to the gym on Sunday and did my best with what I had for that day (I do the spoon theory in my head lol). The amount of support that was given to me was overwhelming and it truly melted my heart. People re-posted my video and tagged me as Inspiration for them to exercise.
Please continue friends. Don’t give up on yourself or the process. Below is the video that I posted and keep in mind that days prior, I was not able to walk far alone. God is good. Thanks for reading!!!
March is MS Awareness Month! Here is some info on Multiple Sclerosis. The collage include the definition and the different stages that many of US MSWarriors are diagnosed with. Please feel free to ask any questions! Thanks for reading!
I hope you all are doing well. I’m doing ok! Over the weekend, the family and I had a nice family trip. The Kalahari indoor water park is a MUST go! I felt like I was youthful again, as I splashed around and was drenched by the water falls lol. Returning back home, was good up until last night.
My legs are on Fire! It’s uncomfortable to walk and I feel exhausted. How could it be? After having a great weekend, playing in the water? Oh the water! For MS patients, water helps to keep the body temperatures cool. No wonder, I felt my best at the resort. Today is treatment day. Usually after a few days from the Tysabri being administered, I “perk” up a bit. I’m looking forward to that because I was spoiled this weekend lol.
Nonetheless, your girl is staying strong and I will keep Pushing. I pray that you can do the same. Regardless of the challenges, don’t give up on yourself and keep going!
Before signing off, shout out to my fellow MS Warrior Selma Blair at the Oscar’s!! Rocking her cane and slurred speech, she looked Stunning!