The country has experienced chaos due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Life as we know it has changed. Masks wearing, social distancing, working from home etc. However, during this time, I had the joy and honor of watching my youngest son grow.
Vaughn Nicolas turned 1 on 4/23 (yesterday) and it indeed was a joyous moment yet an emotional one too. V, has brought so much happiness and laughter to our family, and we truly are complete. However, with any milestone, I think about the members of our family who are not physically here to view these moments. I also get emotional because it means he will grow into his OWN independence and not need me as much and he’s the last one for the team. So no more little babies 🥺.
Either way, I’m beyond blessed to have his presence, to smell him, hold him and Love him! I’m thankful to be chosen to be his mama, and will do my best to nurture him and his big brother until my last breath.
I’m glad to blog again and why not start back with a post about our little Prince?! 🥰
How many can say that this has happened to their device chargers? YUP, TOO MANY! How many can say that they KNOW what this feels like? 🙋🏾♀️ I can, along with other MS Warriors. This is exactly what happens to the Myelin (covering of the nerves) throughout our Central Nervous system. For myself, the damage leaves me with mobility issues, numbness, nerve pain (inflammatory disease as well), cognitive issues and of course Fatigue. Some other warriors have eye issues called optic neuritis and their vision is blurred, doubled or gone. We don’t ask for sympathy or pity. We ask for understanding, support and for people be educated. I’m so thankful for my loved ones who have supported me during this journey! Even though I get tired, frustrated and sad, please know… I’m NO QUITTER. Ok?!!! Your girl still has work to do! Love you all!! 💪🏾💪🏾💪🏾🧡🧡🧡💪🏾💪🏾💪🏾
The past few days have been so tough friends. From falls, wobbly legs, nerve pain in my arms and legs, your pal is TIRED! However, I’m still Showing up and Not giving up! I’m here for you if you have these moments. Rather it’s Physical, Mental or even Spiritual, I’m here for you 🧡 Stay blessed, Be Well 💫
Hi all!! Today is my 8th wedding anniversary. I’m extremely blessed and thankful to continue this journey with my bestfriend 😁♥️😁.
When I was first diagnosed with MS (4/13/2010) and learned about the debilitating disease, we were 24 years old. In my head, I thought the chance of having a fulfilled relationship was no more. Who would want to marry me when I’m sick? With the progression of the disease, my body would never be the same, who has the patience for that? I was preparing myself to no longer be with my high school sweetheart because I didn’t want to hold him back. As I shared the news it was devastating to us all, a lot of anger, tears, frustration but one thing stuck out. My then boyfriend said “I’m going to take care of you, I got you”. At the end of that year he asked me to marry him (12/25/2010) and we married 8/9/2012.
To all my dear friends and loved ones who battle illnesses, love and support goes a long way. Please don’t give up on the hope that you can have a meaningful relationship or marriage. Don’t let the disease take that away from you. You are worth MORE than these doctor reports. Thanks for reading! Have a great day!
It’s been a while and I thought it would be great to come back on a day that’s so important to me. One this day 10 years ago I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). It was a day that brought so many emotions but mostly ANSWERS AND CLARITY.
Through this battle, I’ve grown tougher skin, resilience, and a strength that was unknown to me. Wobbly legs, Numbness all over my body, nerve pain, headaches, confusion, memory issues, trigeminal neuralgia, uncontrolled shakes and falling because my legs give out on me; are most of the symptoms that my battle consist of. With this battle, I don’t fight it alone.
My family, friends, church family, and work family and MS Warrior family, have been extremely supportive throughout the journey. Because of them, I’m inspired to have purpose and to NEVER give up. Therefore, I’m so blessed to have a great support system.
Here I am today, ready to give birth at any moment and reflecting on a monumental day in my life. Thank you all for your support, donations to our “Nicole Cherise” team and most importantly prayers. I love you all, thanks for reading!
I was reading a devotion today and it spoke about how parents should make everything for their child a learning experience. As we know children asks a Ton of Questions or they try their best to figure out physical obstacles and usually need assistance.
I take pride in considering myself a learning mom. SVJ, has taught me a lot about parenting, patience and humility. I will be first to say “I don’t have it” and I’m not referring to monetary exchanges (low key sometimes lol) but more so in reference to “The Answers“.
I believe there is nothing wrong with telling your child or any child, that You don’t know the answer. I’d suggest even saying “let’s research together to see what we come up with”. I also believe that we can question the “norm”. It’s quite interesting to think out of the box.
I’m sure there are plenty of parents with this philosophy while I’m sure others feel the need to give an answer just to quiet their kids or their response is the status quo. Trust me parents, I’m not judging you at all. I’m just suggesting more ways to help our kids explore by us being Realistic.
What’s your thoughts parents? Are you honest with your kids and tell them that you don’t know? Do you allow your kids to question the norm? Let me know below! Thanks for Reading!
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