I was diagnosed last year on April 24th with MS. I wasn't fully prepared what to expect with this disease and how to cope as each person is different. My neurologists gave me a couple of weeks for it to sink in and decide what drugs to take, etc. My husband automatically started reading up on MS and learnt diet is a huge issue as well as exercise. Straight away we cut out all the foods which can bring on a relapse of MS so I now do not eat diary, eggs, meat and any high saturated fats like coconut, fried food, etc.
We went back to the Neurologist with more knowledge and decided on taking a new drug which was just released onto the market and put me straight on a case study. He said it was good that I had started a new life change with my diet however he said I should sign up to meditation/yoga/pilates. I had only immigrated to Australia in March 2013 so I was only getting myself familiarised to the area. My husband did some research and saw that body awakenings covered all the classes so he enrolled us up. He also promised me to come for the first 3 months so I could settle in. At this time it was very daunting to me as one having MS, two changing my diet and three doing exercise as my only real exercise was walking the dogs.
This is where I cannot thank you guys enough on how much you have helped me. I started with pilates, and Cathy is just an inspiration, I am coming up to one year and OMG I can't tell you how I have improved compared to when I started. It is a challenging class and Cathy is fantastic, I love this class and look forward to my Thursday evenings with her even though on a Friday my body doesn't think so.
Then I ventured onto yoga at first I struggled especially when it came down to savasana as my thoughts were all over the place, I had to have a tissue with every eye pillow - now I have bought my own eye pillow :) It was Jenny on my Sunday classes said say to yourself you are strong, you are healthy and repeat that to yourself and let the thoughts just come in and let them go out. Thanks Jen x
In the meantime I went back to the neurologist who then upped my dosage on the tablets with a side effect of hot flushes. He strongly recommended yoga & meditation. I started yin yoga with Rach & Claire where they helped me to breathe, this might sound strange but counting in my head helps me calm down. Also it helps me in everyday life especially when I have a hot flush or just a bad day.
I asked Rach about mediation and suggested the Monday class with Tiffany so I went along not sure what to expect but surprised myself. This class is different every week and is very difficult to do but Tiffany is a great teacher. Tiffany explains everything and slowly goes through each procedure, I find this is more a trust class. I now try to practice this every day I must admit some days are easier than others.
To sum it all up without you guys I think I would be a total mess. You have got me through the hardest journey of my life to accept my MS, you have taught me how to control my MS to the best I can and you have also brought me together with a new close friend who I go to classes with a massive thank you Namaste Karen xxxx
I always have fun and feel great after each class. Yoga has helped me and my Multiple Sclerosis. First and foremost I would like to thank my sister for introducing me to yoga and then thank Rachel and Nicole for helping my find its benefits. For around a year now I have been a practicing yogi and have love every second of my experiences. I can't really remember which class was my first, but I do remember the soft music, the smooth flow and the challenging poses. For the first time in a very long time I could notice my muscles and joints. Not did I just rediscover those things, but I was reintroduced to my inner me. When you have an unpredictable illness it's very easy to lose that.
Learning all over again how to listen to my body and mind again was like a blessing, a blessing worth more than anything that can be seen. I learned that having feelings was ok and that sometimes 'to far' can be reached, you just have to give you mind and body time and coaching to discover it. Before I found yoga I would wake every day with my eyes shut, wondering if they are going to work, I would wiggle my toes and hope they worked. Now I wake up and think 'if my eyes don't work I can smell and hear my world, I my feet don't work I will find another way to get around.'
I now believe in my heart that I am no longer an MS sufferer, but rather that I live with MS and get up every day and just get on with things. I close my eyes when things get tough and just breathe, I breathe, I flex my toes, and let then relax. I remind my self of what I have and how my toes work, so things just aren't that bad.
I recommend yoga to everyone, I believe it has helped my become more balanced, both physically and mentally. I use two feet now, I can close my eyes and not wobble, my hips don't pop as much and feel so much more flexible and relaxed, I tremble less and have a lot more energy. I'm very happy to talk to anyone that's interested in hearing what I have to say, all you have to do is ask. Thanks so much for what you are doing, every little bit counts. Big love, Merlinda xx
From Ella in Sydney I was diagnosed with MS at age 31 yrs and had difficulty with my eyesight speech and walking and was unable to plan my life even a few days ahead due to lack of energy and changing symptoms. After 3 years of homeopathic treatment I was energetic and relatively symptom free and started part time work and full time studies. MRI tests in 2014 show that I am free of MS I feel very well 20 years later and still take homeopathic remedies for my health. Thank you Cornelia!
JUAN in Sydney I was diagnosed with MS at aged 27 am now 33 yrs old. I decided to use homeopathic medicine (with Cornelia) as I had reacted badly to conventional treatments. After 6 years of homeopathy I am very energetic, sleep well and only experience a few symptoms that are from MS I manage a successful steel construction company in Sydney and my wife and I have 4 children - 3 of which have been born since starting homeopathic treatment.
From Mel, Sutherland Shire I am 38 years old and was diagnosed nearly 4 years ago.Like a lot of others with ms, at the time of my diagnosis I was a busy wife & Mum with 2 beautiful, young children (they are now 12 and 10) and I was working in a local real estate agency. Generally, I had always been a very healthy person and our life seemed perfect.
My diagnosis was very sudden and came as a complete shock. I had been self treating a very painful eye with drops for a couple of weeks thinking that I had conjunctivitis. For some reason whilst I was sitting at reception at work, I decided to cover my 'sore ' eye & see if I could read the sign across the road. I was quite shocked to realise that I could barely see the sign & it was a different colour to when I looked at it with my other eye. I immediately went into the optometrist next door & after an examination he told me that I would need to see a specialist. Within an hour I had seen the specialist & after a series of tests was being told that I either had a brain tumour or ms. 24 hours later it was confirmed and an appointment at been made to see Dr Barnett at the BMRI. I am very grateful to my optometrist and the eye specialist for acting so quickly and for my subsequent introduction to Dr Barnett. It gives me great comfort knowing that I am receiving exceptional treatment. Up until then my only real contact with ms was doing the ms readathon in primary school. After my diagnosis, I was motivated to try & give back to the ms community because I was so inspired by the level of support that I received immediately when my world changed in 2012. I have volunteered in the office with the Kiss Goodbye to MS team and love to attend as many events as I can. My friends who own a restaurant and I held a fundraiser which was extremely successful and rewarding. My kids organised a KGTMS mufti day at school and last year I held a lingerie party & morning tea at home with friends & family. I am still playing with ideas for what to do this year but was very humbled today when a friend for my daughter's school asked if I would like to get a team together for the ms walk. Shortly after my diagnosis we decided that I would stop working and focus on my health & be a full time mum for a while. I think this has been an excellent opportunity to take the time out to exercise regularly and eliminate extra stress from my life. I am now at a point where I think that I would love to get back into the workforce & be part of a team. I just need to manage that work/life balance. Learning of the new treatments and breakthroughs in ms research fills me with hope and comfort that we will be part of these exciting developments and kiss goodbye to ms together. In my practice of Yoga at Body Awakenings my favourite poses were those that were focussed on balance and using both sides of the brain. I especially love tree and dancer pose, I also enjoy flows and getting the heart rate up. Mel