Ready for the Second Half
Hi, my name is Lindsey, and 14 years ago, I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS). MS is a chronic, unpredictable neurological disease that attacks the central nervous system, including the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves. Common symptoms include fatigue, chronic pain, blurred or double vision, cognitive problems, loss of balance, numbness, tingling, weakness, and weakness in arm or leg, depression, headache, muscle spasms, and bowel and bladder problems.
When I was first diagnosed, I had fatigue so bad I could not walk up the stairs without holding onto the railing, and lost the use of my entire left side for about six weeks. In the years since, I have developed other issues related to the MS, including anemia, rheumatoid arthritis, and Grave’s disease (hyperthyroidism). I wake up almost every day with a headache or migraine and have to be extra careful not to become over-stressed, overheated, or take on too many commitments.
I have MS, but MS does NOT have me. I am determined to live the best life possible and to inspire others living with “invisible” illness.
But in order to do that, I need to make some major changes, with Shay’s help and the support of the TUF community. Changes that I have never succeeded at making before on my own, even though being diagnosed with a serious illness should have served as my wake-up call.
I hate exercise, and have always avoided gyms because I hate working out. I need to learn to eat healthier and not rely on sugar and caffeine for energy. To build strength and endurance while also respecting the limits my illness brings. And to set in motion some new routines that will help me learn to age well, without becoming a frail and sick(er) old lady.
I firmly believe that EVERYONE has a burden to bear. Some of us wear them on the outside, and some of us carry them on the inside. But we can all help and support each other along the way.
I look forward to sharing my journey with you!