Thank you all so much for all your lovely comments and support. I seem to be saying that a lot just lately, but it's true you really are such a supportive community.
I thought perhaps I ought to explain a little bit more about me, and why I get so tired at times, and why my body doesn't always behave itself! Explain that I'm not really a Moaning Minnie....although I've felt like one this week!
In 2010, I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. MS is a condition that affects the central nervous system, namely the brain and spinal cord. Gradually over time, 'scars' form in the CNS, this affects the way messages are transmitted through your body. The messages get blocked by the scars, it's a bit like a bad phone reception, you only catch part of the conversation. Your body only responds to part of what you're asking it too.
MS is an incurable, progressive disease, very little can be done from a medical point.
It can be very scary when you are first diagnosed. My first introduction to MS was loss of sight, not brilliant when you have a newborn baby to look after!
I'd be the first to admit how black it all seemed at first. It's a very unpredictable condition, I'm a control freak, it's in my nature.
Perhaps that's why this came along, to teach me to live in the moment. Accept I can't control everything. Start living in the moment, rather than always planning and looking ahead!
I'm not sure of this of course, but I am the kind of person who tries to learn from life's experiences, so this approach really, really helps!
So armed with my diagnosis, and very little support from any medical services, (no dig intended, there is very little known about MS!) I did my own research. This is another thing I do, tackle things head on. I wanted to do something to help myself.
I came across a lot of MS sites, they frightened the living day lights out of me if I'm honest! All very bleak! Luckily I came across a site which looked at lifestyle, and how diet, keeping active, and vitamin D can help manage MS.
It really was a God send! There's a lot of hope in this site. All based on medical research, not false hope. So that's what I did, changed my diet, took vitamin D, managed my stress levels better. I could inject myself each day with a drug, to try and slow down its progress, but at the moment I want to try and do things as naturally as possible.
And it's really helped. It's meant giving up work, which was right for me, but not good for our finances. I do however believe my girls would rather have me around and healthy for as long as possible, rather than holidays abroad and a big house!
If anyone's affected by MS that you know, I would recommend looking on Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis site. George Jelinek, who's designed the lifestyle plan, is a Doctor living with MS himself. The research is put across without too much medical jargon, which is what I need!
And so I try and live each day at a time, not get too concerned about what the future holds, after all none of us knows that do we! I try and keep as healthy as I can, when I'm tired I rest. A sense of humour helps too!
I try and keep my soul healthy by being creative. Creativeness equals Happy, don't you think?!
I'm very happy. Nothing to feel sad about.
'In the storm she stood, and when the wind didn't blow her away, she adjusted'.
Very random photos here, sorry about that, it's all I had to hand! I've popped lots of fabric bundles in my shop.....wallpaper packs to follow.
Hope you all have a fab weekend! Think I'll be taking things easy, really wanted to go to Yarndale, so if youre going enjoy yourself, and take lots of pictures so I can have a good drool over all that yarn! Hopefully next year!!!
Bye for now,
Ada :) xxx