Ms//Mommy was born out of a desire to chronicle my journey through motherhood and coping with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). MS alone is difficult, but throwing a little one in the mix makes life more interesting.
For those not in the know: MS is an autoimmune disease that attacks the central nervous system of the body. There are several different types of MS, my current status is a benign form of Relapse-Remitting (RRMS), according to my neurologist. RRMS means that whenever I experience a “flare up”, “relapse” or “exacerbation” I have a high chance of recovering functionality either to previous levels or almost to them. The longer I live with MS, my chances of developing Secondary Progressive (SPMS) increase. While it is not a guarantee that I will transition into this more debilitating form of MS, there are things that I can do to either decrease my chances or minimize the impact should this transition occur.
For many, the best option to manage RRMS is through disease-modifying therapies, or drugs. There are many medications on the market that help minimize the impact of each exacerbation: I have personal experience with Copaxone and Tecfidera.
My last drug-course was Tecfidera. I had to temporarily halt taking the drug due to pregnancy and breastfeeding. Studies are currently inconclusive to the impact on fetus and child, therefore it was recommended that I go without a drug regimen until I conclude breastfeeding.
Other ways to manage MS is to make lifestyle changes.
The purpose of this blog is to follow the journey that is making lifestyle changes and whether they make a difference in my personal MS management. I plan to return to Tecfidera once I have completed breastfeeding, but I do want to complement the drug regimen by making simple changes through diet, exercise, personal growth, and mental stimulation.
All actions taken or discussed in this blog will be backed up with science, studies, and links when available. As a researcher, providing evidence for decisions/arguments is extremely important to personal ethos and I want all my readers to be able to make decisions for themselves with all the necessary information like I did.
Additionally, I will be examining what it means to be a mother (for me) and all that goes along with modeling healthy eating habits, plenty of exercise, and positive attitudes to a young human being.
What you will find in this blog:
- Exercise schedules and routines
- Healthy recipes for adults and children
- Personal affirmations that help keep me motivated
- Personal stories relating to MS, motherhood, and womanhood
- Personal recommendations for various things that I like
Please do not hesitate to contact me with you personal thoughts, reactions, and recommendations. If I think it’s particularly helpful, I will highlight it in a blog post and provide credit to you.
Disclaimer: I do not have any medical training, therefore all that is posted on this blog must be taken under caution and should you try anything, please do so after consulting your medical professional. I am not responsible for any variations in treatment or outcomes, nor do I claim to have a cure-all. I am offering my anecdotal experiences as an alternative approach to coping with MS, so please use common sense. I have received no compensation for the links within this page.
Unless otherwise stated: all images on this blog are either from Shutterstock, Michelle Melton, or my personal photographs. Please do not use without permission.