What Now?

Since being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in March, I have had a number of people follow up and ask me what I am doing now to treat it.  When it comes to health, we all know that eating good food and staying active are key to maintaining quality of life.  In fact, I am starting to believe that because nutrition and exercise have been important to me, I am in a good position to face physical challenges that I never thought I would be facing.  I will give you a brief update on my personal situation and I want you to be encouraged to continue on in your pursuit of making healthy choices.

The decisions my husband and I have had to make about treatment were based on what could keep my life as “normal” as possible for as long as possible.  I have 3 kids to take care of and I cannot take any chances or dabble around when we have the knowledge that a debilitating attack can happen at any point.  I am taking a medication called Copaxone which I give to myself through injections 3 times a week.  Side effects are minimal and the medicine is designed to help prevent attacks and control damage to the central nervous system.  I am not following any specific diet, but I am trying to eat more of the foods that are loaded with nutrients and less of the foods that are loaded with junk.

I want you to stay motivated to keep it up!  Keep making healthy choices even when you can’t see “results”, because when you are faced with the next challenge in life–whether it’s physical or not–having a healthy body will help you in ways you can’t even imagine yet.  The little choices you make now will set you up for a better quality of life in the future.

Below is a little about MS and what is going on with research if you are interested.

One comment

  1. Jeanette Arbogast · June 13

    Emily, I am in total agreement with your treatment plan. The year I was diagnosed with Lupus/Sarcidosis, I also had to pick the best treatment. I am destined to steroids, and Plaquinil for the remainder of my life. I try to avoid stress, (a big enemy) and exercise, and eat well. So far so good for 20 years. I wish you the very best…and will keep you in my thoughts and prayers, for you and your family. You got this girl….


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