Living with M.S.

"Living with M.S. is sort of like training for a long race. The harder you try, and the longer you keep at it, the stronger you become.
Eventually, looking back, you may be amazed at the power you possessed, even when you had no idea it was within your reach." (Linda Ann Nickerson)


It's National Women's Health and Fitness Day

Across the United States, the last Wednesday of September is National Women’s Health and Fitness Day. This annual occurrence has been recognized as one of the largest health promotions in the nation.

What does that mean for ladies living with multiple sclerosis?

Surely, that depends on each MSer. What do you do to blow off steam, burn calories, or stretch too-tight limbs?

Virtually all physicians recommend individually suitable exercise for MSers. Clearly, realistic goals are a must. But it’s important to keep moving, in whatever ways we can.

Maybe you schedule a physical therapy session. Perhaps you lift hand weights (or soup cans) a few times to build your upper body strength. Possibly you take a walk or participate in water exercises. Or you might do some yoga stretches or tai chi movements.

I’m gonna go walk my dog around the block. Today, I can. With RRMS (relapse-remitting multiple sclerosis), who knows what tomorrow may look like?

But for today, it’s National Women’s Health and Fitness Day. And everything counts.

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