Something That Gives You Hope Cannot Be Crazy

In MS, Multiple Sclerosis, Physical Therapy on June 1, 2010 at 9:26 pm

Some folks think I’ve dove off the deep end lately, and I’m not talking about a dip in the swimming pool.

For the past two weeks, I’ve been following the MS Recovery Diet. This means no red meat, no gluten or yeast, no dairy, no eggs, no legumes. Just lean protein, nuts (that aren’t legumes), seeds, rice and [gluten-free] grains, fruit and veggies. Hey, it’s a healthy way to live, regardless of MS.

But the stares I get when I refuse birthday cake? Incredulous! And then there’s the gentle coaxing: aww, c’mon, just have one little piece, it can’t hurt. It’s like I’m the devil for passing up devil’s food. Give up chocolate cake, are you crazy?

Well, I’m here to say that which giveth thou hope does not maketh thou nutso. (I think it sounds better in bible-speak, don’t you? Like I’m a real authority.)

Now, changing my diet does not mean I’m tossing my Copaxone. Or stopping PT. If altering my diet is something I can do to make myself feel better, then I ask, whyeth not? Heck, if a study reported that wearing ketchup on your head would ease symptoms, I’d have red, drippy hair 24-7. With a side of fries.

So I’m experimenting with alternative, complementary therapies. Reiki. Acupuncture. Yoga. Meditation. There are scores of things we can do to help ease our symptoms and live life to the fulleth.

You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. What kind of “crazy” things have you done?

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