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Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in the Garden …

Why MS in the Garden, you might ask, why is the garden relevant to having MS? I have to admit, back in 2010, when MS first came into my life, being in the garden was certainly not on my list of ‘Things to to”. At that stage, I was struggling to even walk, inside the house, so going outside was not even considered.

But times have changed. That first MS relapse, when I was hit hard with MS symptoms – muscle weakness on my right side from arms to legs, tingling in my hands, feet and legs, mostly. The weakness was something I’d never dealt with before, but the tingling in my hands and feet had been with me for some time. tingling and numbness …

above the fish pond

Anyway, I saw my doctor, then a neurologist, was diagnosed, provided with medication, a walking stick and then walker, and life calmed down a little. I learned how to inject myself with a medication, which I did once a week, and I eventually began to get over this relapse, and headed to my new, normal state.

I was still nowhere ‘back to normal’ and I now acknowledge that where I am right now is probably as good as my ‘normal’ is going to be. But how I am now, some eight years after diagnosis, after a change in medication to a small capsule daily, rather than an injection, well, how I am now is pretty darned fine!

And now that I have got to this better way in my life, I am certainly heading out into the garden a lot more. My husband has retired from work now, and I’m happy to leave most of the hard work to him, probably just as well, because I was never going to be as strong as him, so he is far more suited to the harder work.

a rose by any other name

But I can harvest vegetables, fruit, and herbs, I can pick flowers, can do the watering, I can let the dog out into the garden and back inside (& deal with whatever needs to be dealt with there). Being outside in the garden is one of my most favourite places to be. Whether out there, gardening, or just out there, looking at things, plants, animals, clouds, birds, & the beautiful big blue sky, I love to be in the garden!

(Missy loves to be inside on her sofa)

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So Missy may prefer being inside at times, but now that I am able to do it, I am very fond of being outside, where Nature goes on doing its thing. I can be out there with Nature, being inspired, seeing lovely and/or interesting things, & having a lovely time. I am very grateful to have the lovely garden where we live, and I will continue to enjoy it!

I will always try to remember the time when just being outside didn’t seem to be an easy thing to do, and I will treasure all of the good things that go on happening, outside whether anybody is out there or not. If you have a special place to be, I’d love to here about it, please leave a message and tell us.

 

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Sunshine Be My Power!

Today I am very grateful for the sun, and the solar panels we have on our roof, which take sunshine and turn it into power for us in a way I don’t understand, because I’ve never tried to understand how it works. I’m grateful there are people who do understand this, and can provide the relevant things to make it happen!

I love these sunny winter days too, simply for the broad blue sky up above us, and the clouds that may occasionally glide past overhead, with no flooding rain or angry storms to threaten us at the moment. The rain and storms may come back again, but for now, nothing like that happening …

If and when the rain and storms come again, I will be thankful for the watering Nature will do of the trees and other plants in my garden, in the crops around, and for all of the other gardens around, sucking up the moisture. I love an electrical storm every now and then too, as long as I don’t get stuck out in it, so hey Nature, bring on a storm some night soon, and that will be good too!

Winter isn’t my favourite month, but there are certainly parts of the season I enjoy, and after the cold winter we’re having, a warm Spring will be lovely. We have strawberries growing, (slowly growing), at the moment and I’m sure more warmth will encourage them to grow more quickly. I love home-grown strawberries, yummy, much better than what you’d get at the supermarket – sun warmed and ripened, picked from my garden and eaten straight away!

The image below isn’t a picture of strawberries, but it’s from our garden, herbs. capsicums and baby spinach, good food from our garden, yum!

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Welcoming Gratitude in, Daily!

Having gratitude to the good things in life can help those good things to grow, the more you are grateful for things, the more things you find to be grateful for. I like the idea of having to find the things I am grateful for, for a variety of other reasons too.

So this challenge I have set for myself, is to write, or at least note things I am grateful for, every day, and note them here, on this blog. The attitude of gratitude helps me to maintain a positive attitude to life, and who wouldn’t want to have that happy and positive attitude, every day?!

This blog is the place I’ve decided makes the most sense to do this, Multiple Sclerosis can bring challenges to life, but meeting the challenges, which I almost always am able to do, is certainly a major thing I am grateful for!

So today, what am I grateful for? I am grateful for my husband who does so much to help keep my life in order. I am grateful for the lovely man who is printing my next book for me. I am grateful I have many lovely friends who care about me. I am grateful to have these crazy pharaoh hound dogs in my life, and for the schnauzer (protective and not crazy!).

I am grateful for the rain we’ve had recently, but am also grateful for the break in the rainy weather for a day or so. I’m grateful for Nature and everything good from Nature that is in my life – sunshine, clouds, creatures, the sky, moon and stars.

That’s enough for now, I will be back tomorrow with an update on what I feel grateful for then! If you have a gratitude journal, or something similar, I’d love you to leave a comment here, and tell us about it, and what it does for you!