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Friday, September 9, 2011

optimism

if there's one thing that I try to hammer home through this blog and through Facebook is that I do not tolerate negativity. To combat that I try to be vocal and vigilant when I see someone that may be showing signs of depression. I try to share information as I come across it and I try (on facebook) to share some laughs. For me optimism is difficult but VERY do-able, this past week I was informed that my blood work related to my tysabri infusions showed that I show the antibodies for the JC Virus. I am not worried, a few of my fellow "tysabrians" have shown the same result but like me are continuing with the treatment. having the antibodies present doesn't mean that one HAS the virus but that they should be monitored closely. I also try to be optimistic when it comes to the naysayers that think I'm crazy for choosing to continue on my treatment.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

to veg or not to veg, semi-veg might be the answer

my digestive system rusts shut sometimes
Multiple Sclerosis is never easy to get used to, every day brings new challenges that your body throws at you. In my case I have been having the usual difficulties with digestion. I have been doing good with taking vitamin supplements (the usual with MSers, Fish Oil, B-12, Multi-Vitamins, cinnamon) but I still have been having difficulty. A few weeks ago I had seen a news story about Bill Clinton and how he improved his health by cutting out red meat, it made enough of an impact on me that it had stuck with me. I weighed the difficulties I might have, I'm cuban and culturally red meat is an important staple to us. But I've gotten my toes wet and so far so good, I decided to be creative and made Baba Ganoush (it was pretty tasty) and like MS it'll be a day by day challenge. I want to clarify, I'm trying a semi-vegetarian lifestyle I still eat fish and poultry but red meat is my only no-no, unlike President Clinton I'm only doing this for my digestion, any weight loss is just a good by-product. I still take daily regimen and my digestion is improving slowly... I'll keep you posted