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Friday, November 11, 2011

The latest

Another day off-- thank goodness. I have been super-busy with work and preparing for my next aerial show this weekend.

I went and saw my neurologist last week and she said I was doing "great" and that I don't need to see her again until next year. I also don't need to get another MRI until June so things on the health front are still looking up.

I continue to balance my busy schedule with plenty of rest and a prayer I don't catch the latest bug :) Honestly, some days I feel better than others. I still tire easily, but I can feel my stamina building. All my aerial training is making me increasingly strong and flexible.

Yesterday one of my yoga students (a social work student)asked to interview me about the mind-body connection. I spent some time thinking about it, and then I told her the story of my diagnosis and how that period in my life forever changed my relationship with my body and my overall life view. I have said it here before, but every day is a gift. I really understand the importance of being present, enjoying the moment, and seizing opportunities when I can seize them. I also told her that I have found that when my mind is in a good place (I feel happy,) my health also seems to be better. When I am living with joy, I can do more both physically and mentally. If that does not give evidence of the mind-body connection, I'm not sure what does. My awareness of my mortality, of the fleetingness of health and physical ability, makes my life richer. If I thought I had forever to do these things, I think they might mean less, knowing that I need to make the most of the moment, makes the moment more precious.


Robert Parker said...

Congrats on the good news from your neurologist! We don't get "good news" that often from the medical world, it's always nice.

My doc asked me if I wanted another MRI. I said, "Well, I know I still have M.S., what's it going to tell me? It's worse? It's better? By whose assessment--and what does that have to do with me?" Long silence. His response: "Good point." So, no new MRI for me, much as I enjoy listening to the semi-musical rattling of The Device.

And having a Good Attitude, a happy mind? That's the best possible medicine! For all of us!

Miss Chris said...

So great that you have such a good attitude! And what nice news about your MRI. :)

medical accident said...

very well done, and congrats for your neurologist. now you have been completely gone into medical field and thanks for the sharing.

Diane J Standiford said...

You have really 'grown' since you started blogging. It has been a wonder to watch and I just KNEW you would find a good path. Peace, Diane