Thursday, December 27, 2012

New Year with Multiple Sclerosis

As 2012 comes to an end my wife and I are already setting goals for next year.  Over this past year my wife has lost 35 lbs, had very few major MS issues, learned more about how to treat her MS and she is ready to take 2013 by storm.  She has already set a goal of losing another 15 lbs and I have no doubt that she will lose it before summer because she is already starting to focus on her eating again.  One of the other big goals we have for this year is to completely wipe out our debt.  We have been lazy about budgeting this last year so over the next week we will have our whole year mapped out.  Cash is king so we are going on an all cash budget starting January 1. 

Right now my wife is already starting to go through our house and unclutter our home.  We know that extra clutter is just taking emotional energy so over this next year we are downsizing our "stuff."  We already have a plan in place to have a big garage sale to not only get rid of our stuff, but to pay off more debt.  We are already bringing in extra income from our online efforts and Christmas was good to us online, so we will put that money towards debt too.  We really feel like less stuff and less debt will help both of us.

Over this last year my wife has really felt like she is taking more and more control over her MS.  She had less major issues and anytime we felt like she might have problems, we immediately took action and did the things we know to do to treat her MS.  I know that we both feel like we know more about how to treat her MS, what warning signs we need to watch for and are looking forward to her health getting better and better. 

What goals are you setting for the new year?  Are you starting a new career?  Will you be traveling somewhere special this year?  What are you going to do for your health this year?
 

12 comments:

sara said...

Thanks for sharing such an inspiring post!

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year to you and your family. And congratulations on your wifes' 35 lb weight loss. Many blessings for a healthy New Year. I will not cease to pray for all with m.s. until my breath returns to the Lord.

God bless!!

Cody said...

Cory your blog is an exceptional read, my wife Misty showed it to me and I have been intrigued for weeks now. This post really helped me see things the right way because I have been thinking about doing the same things, less clutter, less debt, more stability and focus on the important things. I do have a question for you, what are some home therapy methods you guys use that have proven to reduce flairs? A lot of things outside of medicine have worked but it also gets kind of spendy on a PPO insurance plan. Keep up the great blog.

M from London said...

Hello Cory. I have chanced upon your blog looking for any answer to my million questions about MS. My husband has MS as well and he was diagnosed 4 years ago (we will be married for two years next week!). I am a very determined to find a way that we survive this together and your blog will be my daily read. I haven't read all your posts yet but wishing that you and your wife are feeling so much better adjusted and are very healthy. Thank you for this blog!

Cory said...

Hey Sara, thanks for the encouragement!

Cory said...

Cody, we've used many different methods but the main ones we use are pro adjuster chiropractic, diet, rest and massage. These have been tried and true for us and we know they work from using them over and over. We tried a lot of things before we found what specifically worked for my wife, and of course there are more things we do than just these but they are the main ones. Let me know if you have any other questions and thanks for reading my blog!

Cory said...

Hi M from London, thanks for leaving a comment and reading my blog. Let me know if you have any questions.

Anonymous said...

Just found your blog
I to have ms, but I am losing more mobility each year. I am not taking any disease modifying drugs. I try to eat a gluten & dairy free diet but I have slipped up a few times. Thanks for the information. Look forward to reading more entries
Cindy

Anonymous said...

My brother has MS. I found your blog searching for anything on MS and juicing. Does your wife still include juicing in her diet? I thought I could include juicing and raw food diet for my brother. Thank you for sharing.

Kenya from Chicago, IL

Cory said...

Hey Kenya, thanks for the comment. Yes, my wife still includes some juicing. For awhile we did a better job of including it but lately we have not been as good. I know she felt better when we were juicing regularly so we will get back to it soon. There are some great recipes for taste and even our juice fast wasn't bad to keep up with. If you have any other questions let me know.

Danielle Brewer said...

I was diagnosed 23+ years ago. I just recently found your blog and it is great. My husband has started reading it also. I think it is hardest for many to understand that while many people see me walking and talking " normal" it is a struggle to that many times. My feet feel like they are in cement blocks one day so I run out of breath easily, then the next day be fine. I fine little things help. For example if I get a dizzy spell in a hallway I run my index finger down the wall as I walk and I can get to where I need to be. So thank you for your blog and the way you present ms.

Cory said...

Hi Danielle, thanks for the comment and encouragement. Sounds like you were diagnosed around the same time as my wife. Thanks for sharing!