Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on December 19, 2018
Shifroni, E. A Chair for Yoga, published by the author, Jan. 30, 2014.
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Transcript from December 21, 2018
When I was first diagnosed, I felt alone, afraid, and like a failure. A year later, I refuse to let MS define and dictate who I am. I will fight for my life and I will fight to be the best version of me.
Rather than letting MS control me, I have learned to work with it. Depending on the pain, I’ll try a lot of things to keep moving forward: prayer, relaxation, stretching, exercise, staying away from stress, asking for help, and slowing down.
At first I grieved such a huge change in my life. Then I decided to use MS as a motivator, not a stumbling block. I focused on learning about the disease and therapies, getting involved in research trials, and living a healthier life.
A friend of mine made me a “care bag” for some of the issues I have due to MS. There’s a blanket, heat packs for my back and shoulders, and a fold-up cane for when the cold makes my legs weak and I need help with balance.
Don't be afraid to tell people about your diagnosis. Let them know that when you say you're tired or don't feel well, it means something different for you than for someone who pulled an all-nighter. It's serious and you need rest.
A well-stocked kitchen is important to me not only as a chef, but as someone with MS. Being able to pull together a meal in the time it takes to boil pasta is invaluable on days when I can’t stand up for long.
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