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 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 ♥️
What does Joy mean to you? For myself, it’s knowing positivity and happiness coexist. This doesn’t mean that every day is peaches and cream, but there is always something to be hopeful for.
Beware, there are people who will through their expectations for our lives. People will do and say things that make us frustrated because we might not meet “the guidelines”. M̶o̶s̶t̶ Some of the time it’s our own family and friends that do this. I truly do not believe it’s on purpose or that they even know it’s happening but it does. When it does, insecurities build up, we may question our faith, our joy can slip away…. DON’T LET IT!
Stay strong to The Most High’s plans, stay true to your goals and ambitions, stay Strong during conversations. You don’t have to show aggression but be assertive with Your position. We got this friend, Joy will remain with us, no matter what others Expect.
Thanks for your support!
Nicole Cherise ♥️
I took this picture at the gym after getting off the treadmill and leg machine. Now, I don’t go as often as I’d like but when I can I do. My shirt says Warrior because I believe that’s exactly what we are.
Stay strong friends. No matter what battles you are currently facing, just know you are not alone and you Are strong!
Nicole Cherise ❤️
I know easier said than done, but we don’t have many options when we have reasons to push through all of our challenges.
You got it friends! Keep going!
Nicole Cherise ❤
Good Morning Great people,
I wanted to send some positive energy. Your way. Many times we often ask, “why do things happen to the good people?” The truth is we are not exempt from struggles, pain or sorrow.
I urge for you to hold on. I have the faith that we will overcome our obstacles and short-comings. I know some stuff we can’t simply overcome but we will have the strength to adapt and find peace.
You are Not Alone. Much love to you 😊
Nicole Cherise ❤
This is a phrase that I’ve always said and live by. We encounter plenty of people every day and many, when you ask “how are you?” They can give a brief smile and say I’m fine. I too, am one of these people. I smile briefly and say I’m fine but deep down, I could be sad or in a lot of pain. Now, don’t get me wrong, I do consider myself a positive person and I try to find good in many situations but I do get in a rut of a mood, I just choose to not be there for long. See, what I’ve learned in life is that we all have challenges. Even the people who are wealthy, they have to constantly worry if love is tainted or they are always on the go with barely time for family and friends.
The eyes are the windows to the soul. They show when we are sad, angry or even weak from illness. So when someone does Know you, they can take one look at you and tell that something isn’t right. It’s ok friends to have these moments, but just try not to stay there. You can get in a hole, but you don’t have to remain in there.
We have to feel good not only physically but mentally and emotionally too.
This past month has been a roller coaster of emotions for me because of the sudden death of my father. Do I feel I will ever be the same? No because a piece of me isn’t here on earth anymore, however I’m stronger.
God knew exactly what He was doing with me battling MS, becoming a wife and a mother. In my relationship with God, I truly feel He knew that I had to go through some obstacles so that I would be prepared for one of the biggest obstacles to face. On that same note, He knew what type man I needed to be my rock, to be strong for me when I can’t at the moment. I thank God every day for my husband, Stephen. He knew that our son would have such a great personality that whenever I get upset or I’m not feeling well, I would automatically smile and feel joy.
I’m not 100% myself, however little by little, I am getting stronger in all categories. What about you all?
How do you feel physically, mentally and emotionally?
At some point in our lives we will hit that brick wall. We may feel like there are no corners to turn or no way to climb ourselves out. This feeling may be due to illness, death, relationship issues, financial burdens, jobs etc.. Things don’t just go away however, be brave enough to buckle your boot straps and to face your problem head on. Will things be easy? Of course not but it won’t break you. We are stronger than we think. Please believe a shift will come your way, stay strong.