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.
And I don't know if it's MS fatigue, depression, reaction to no monthly IV Methyl- prednisone or the world news I'm bombarded with. But my mood is down and being up is an effort. I've always gone with the rule that to manage life well you need m… more »
The bulbs my family helped me plant in the fall are all coming up. It started with the crocuses in the middle of April. Then the Siberian Squill and the small Purple Irises poked up to welcome the big ones. The Tulips, Hyacinths and Daffodils. Ev… more »
Last week my husband and I decided to go to a couple of new garden centers. We have several close to us that we have used for a lot of our gardening needs. But it's fun to go to a new place as they usually have some different flowers or othe… more »
Last year my sons put in a raised salad bed. And then I asked them to write up a detailed description with picture's here on my blog so I could share it as it was just so great. It can be found on my blog of 7/29/2009 "How to Make… more »
Having multiple sclerosis and limited physical ability has limited one of my favorite activities namely gardening. I've used garden pots on our deck and window boxes around our front porch. We also have raised beds where you can sit on… 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