MS, lesions, also known as plaques, are patches of inflammation in the central nervous system in which the nerve cells have been striped of their protective myelin or insulating cover. These demyelinated neurons do not function properly and it is these lesions that give rise to the symptoms of MS.

In relapsing-remitting MS, their is significant recovery as the inflammation dies down. Special maintenance cells called glial cells are responsible for the repair of the damaged nerves. One type of glial cell, called an oligodendrocyte, lays down new myelin and another type, called an astrocyte lays down SCAR tissue.

A STAR is defined as a heavenly body, champion, headliner or a virtuoso. Another definition of a Star is defined as a network whose components are connected to a hub.

My faith in God is my connection and that is how I am "Turning Those MS Scars Into Stars." I am striving to experience the challenge of living with MS as a Blessing, an opportunity to grow in compassion, patience, grace, and love, all of which are blessings - Multiple Blessings Not Multiple Sclerosis!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Did You Miss Me?

So, where have I been? I have been side tracked! Have you ever had a plan and shared it with someone and they use their influence to persuade you to do what they think is best for you?
Well boys and girls I have had that happen to me, it's called "side tracked." The only thing that saves me from totally abandoning my plans is that I have been down this road before, and it looks familiar.
I was told, "Since you are obviously feeling well enough to try Yoga, why don't you go into Rehab, after all this is a specialized program for people with your condition and illness."
Well, I am willing to try both; I just don't think I am physically able to do both. I thought I had it all figured out. I would take some physical therapy lessons from a qualified trainer and therapist along with a weekly Yoga lesson and see if I felt better. I like my plan. I think that it will work for me. So, I'm back to working my plan. And even though doctors do know best, if I don't follow the regiment that they have planned for me then the results will be minimal at best. Not to mention that the cost for rehabilitation treatment is far greater than what I am trying on my own. Even though, I am blessed to have the insurance coverage, I could very easily and quickly use my entire annual allowance for therapy in a hospital or clinic. And with MS you never know what might happen. You may need rehab treatments due to an emergency Exacerbation of MS. So, I'm sticking with the original plan for now.
I also have grown to realize that I need to work on my independence for transportation to my lesson appointments. This will be a side topic I will report on in my journey. I think I'll call it "The Get Around". So, look for those blogs. As always your comments on any of my posts are welcome.
I'm back!