Today I’m happy to report that the extra walking has been happening again. I did five hundred steps outside earlier today, and a couple of hundred of extra steps inside. I’m actually going out today, Woo hoo! for my writing group meeting, so I’ll think about where I’ll park, and how I can add more steps than usual with that.
This is part of my front yard, with the road I walk along out there, past the trees.
I’m thinking about visiting the library in Gawler which is up the street from where our writing group meets. And I’ll take a look and see it there’s anything happening in the space where my favourite cafe in Gawler is. It’s the Niina Marni Cafe, and it’s right close to the library. I think libraries should always have a library nearby!
So with the extra walking I’ve been doing, I definitely feel that it’s getting easier to walk more. And walking more, so I can walk more sounds like a terrific idea. I’m very glad my body is doing the right things for me. Bladder and bowel are behaving themselves too, which is great, there’s not much worse than those ‘accidents’. Having the NDIS, which can give funding to assist with such matters is all very well, but I’d rather not need it.
Speaking of the NDIS, while I have funding, I have to admit I’ve found the whole process of using the money allocated to be clunky and not at all user friendly. It may partly be because I’m still slightly ‘in denial’ I suspect. I’m feeling good, my life is a good one, am I really disabled? This is how my mind goes. And then I get stressed, or overheated, or I am clumsy and fall over, and I remember, oh yeah, I guess I am disabled.
But beside all of that, I’m still very happy at the things I can do. That thought though brings on feelings of guilt thought, survivor guilt. Why should I have such a good life, when other, equally good people, have such a hard time, with their MS? Multiple Sclerosis is like that. Something a bit different for every person, all depending on where the lesions are in their brain or spinal cord, and what level of scarring they have, and what their levels of re-myelination are.
Of course, lifestyle habits, and medication play parts in this jigsaw puzzle that living with MS brings. Stress, smoking, alcohol consumption, diet, and other factors all play their parts. I have a largely stress-free life, have nutritionally sound diet, don’t smoke or consume much alcohol.
Moderation in life is a key, I feel. A bit of what you like, but not too much, whether it be food or drinks, or exercise, life pleasures, whatever, moderate bits of all leads to a calmer, easier life. Your body wants that, and warns you when you do too much. Listen to your body, your medical people, and your best self, and you will do better than ignoring it all and overdoing things.