The progression of my disability due to Multiple Sclerosis has been difficult. Yet over time I have learned to cope and live well in spite of it.
Each loss of functionality I experienced reminded me of a loss I had once helped a patient deal with. My years as a physical therapist helping patients came back to help me. I now understand far better the importance of living well with a disability, both emotionally and functionally. Life should go on, the needs are the same. Having friends, being involved, doing the things you care about.
This blog is my attempt to share my knowledge and experience as a physical therapist, my memories of my former patients and my own successes at living well with the disability from MS.
When I was down getting my sol-u-med IV treatment at my doctor's office this past week the rest of the people there were commenting how important our homes are to us. One of the guys said that he almost didn't want leave his home because everythin… more »
In my last MS blog "Flexible, Adaptable, Accessible Gardening I talked about the importance of using cooling devices. In fact I used an example of when I did not and it was 95 degrees when I was picking lettuce from my raised lettuce bed. It really… more »
My husband Bill and I have been waiting for the good weather of spring to finally come. We had a teaser for a week in April but then the temperature really dropped. However, on this Memorial Day weekend the weather was perfect. It was finally time to go… more »
Ellie’s Rules for Coping Well with MS and Disability
Admit What's Happening
Set a Functional Goal
Attitude is Everything
Be an Advocate
Live Life to the Fullest
Then All You Need is Love