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YOU CAN LIVE WELL with incurable and serious, chronic illness. YOU CAN.

Monday, October 07, 2013

When I diagnosed with MS, mine started with relapsing-permitting multiple sclerosis at the age of 24 (I am 50 and now), it is now slowly going into secondary progressive. What helped me when I got MS was that I was young and was determined to live my life my way. (I love young people)! I read all the books, at the time, written by Bernie Siegel, MD, and some from Norman Cousins, and they changed my life because they introduced me to the concept of the mind-body connection to health.

Now I have some holes in my brain an it has shrunk some BUT I still live independently, alone and just live my life with humor, faith, friendship and hope. I also believe in Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost, my Higher Powers. I am saying this because there is a very strong component to health in our thoughts and attitudes and spirituality (which is very individual and special). As a young person, I didn't want my life to be defined my this illness and have kept that attitude. Now, though, I am aware of my limitations as well and work with them too to make my life the best that I can.

I am sharing this today for two main reasons:

1. To encourage me to keep going on my hardest days.

2. To hopefully share with you HOPE no matter what the world says to you (doctors, well-meaning friends and family, even negative people) about your problem, with the famous labels of "incurable", "you cannot do it", "it's impossible", "hasn't been proven", blah, blah, blah, blah. emoticon


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AUTUMNHOPE 10/17/2013 9:52PM

    ABSOLUTELY inspirational & truly amazing ! emoticon

You sharing this helps me to keep my focus on what I can do , instead of what I cannot.

Your outlook is a TRUE example of grace & appreciation of life . Young people should read your blogs as a learning tool for life.

You inspire me to be more thankful . emoticon

How lucky we are to share our lives with you. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NOLAZYBUTT110 10/16/2013 5:48PM

    Dont let anyone shorten your life by any label or diagnosis, because G*d is able to keep you in perfect health and in a well mind ,so just trust him to keep you in perfect peace! Theres no expiration date marked on your body and man cant predict how long or how well you will live. (If I listened to Drs I would be dead by now! ) So keep your mind on Jesus! hes your deliverer and healer, the Great Physician, and he can sustain you. He promised me, " that he would give me the desires of my heart" and that, " he would never leave me, nor forsake me", and I know MY G*D shall supply ALL my needs; and he is no respector of persons and what he does for one, he can do for another! Trust him! Keep faith in him and he wont leave you to mens designs on your life or mind! He does not limit our faith! Keep the faith in G*D! I have a cousin who has MS and she 70 years old and soon to be 71 and she just became bedridden but she still is alive and kicking!) Push onward and upward in yoru trust and faith in G*D! Susana

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OPALMOON 10/16/2013 1:58AM

    Very inspirational blog, Chelsea. Good on you for having such a positive outlook.


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GAILANN48 10/15/2013 10:26AM

    Dance on, Chelsea! emoticon

What a wonderful blog. We only have a couple of choices when faced with such real challenges, and one of them is to adapt and survive. It's evident that THAT'S the path you've chosen. Your doing it with such verve, such faith, and such a positive spirit is wonderfully amazing.

Thank you for being a part of my life, sweet friend. I'm grateful to know you.
:) Gail

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SNOOPYMOMMA72 10/14/2013 6:46PM

    Having known you for so many years when people have told you that you couldn't do something your EXTREME stubborness came into play and YOU DID IT! You did it just to prove them wrong! And you did "it" so many times!
You are such an inspiration to so many people and I really hope you know that!
Many times I thought about not being able to do something and have thought about you throughout the years and thought if Chelsea can do it - so I can I!
I actually remember one of the most vivid pep talks you ever gave me. Why I don't remember - but you always told me - "Don't EVER let anyone tell you that you can't do something! - if you want to do it do it for you - if you don't that is your decision. Don't let someone tell you what you can and cannot do".
Yep, always remember that!
Like I said and have been saying - you are an inspiration and always will be!
Much love! emoticon

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LILYPAD12311 10/10/2013 2:35PM

    Wonderful and courageous blog Chelsea,,,, not many people have the strong attitude that you have towards life,,, but like you I believe in a strong mind-body connection,,,, and in God..... so no matter what anyone says,,,, keep the faith & hope!

I have a best friend.... we were best friends since we were 8 years old,,,, with MS,,,, and they told her that she would not make it to her 50s without a wheel chair,,,,,, guess what? She did,,,, she may use a cane to help support her but she is doing great! emoticon

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 10/10/2013 11:55AM

    Living with a chronic condition is hard. I love your enthusiasm for life and your attitude. Wishing you all the best.

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-SEVEN- 10/9/2013 11:43PM

    Who knows you better than you??? Great, Ms. Chelsea- wonderful words of wisdom and inspiration!

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SUNFLOWERGAMMY 10/9/2013 11:32PM

    Thank you for sharing your experience, strength and hope!

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1BEACHWALKER 10/9/2013 10:10PM

    We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey. ~Kenji Miyazawa

Sometimes in tragedy we find our life's purpose - the eye sheds a tear to find its focus. ~Robert Brault,

s can be our spiritual flat tires - disruptions in our lives that seem to be disasters at the time but end by redirecting our lives in a meaningful way. ~Bernie S. Siegel

You have such a positive attitude and I know you will get through this the best way you know how. Keep going and never give up! We are here for you! emoticon emoticon

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PIMPINELLAN50 10/9/2013 8:00PM

    A great and heartfelt blog!I believe in the-mind body connection as well.
Your positive and determined out look on life is inspiring to say the least!
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ADIOSALL 10/9/2013 6:29PM

    I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

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KENWANNE2013 10/9/2013 4:26PM


You're a delight to know, a real inspiration and my role model!

You give so much to all of us. Please don't forget that we are also here for you when you need it.


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FISHER011 10/9/2013 2:08PM

    emoticon Chelsea!
YOU are such an Inspiration always!great Blog!
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KITTYCAT64 10/9/2013 8:40AM

    You are an inspiration. It is because of people like you that I am able to say I can and I will. Keep going.

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    Chelsea you deserve the heartfelt and soulFULL post of the day - week - month - millenium! You are emoticon !

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CYBERCITYSHELL 10/9/2013 12:44AM

    Good on you Chelsea, having a positive attitude helps life to be so much more rewarding emoticon
We can't always control certain aspects of life, but how we perceive it and what we do can make such a difference.
You are a very inspirational lady emoticon

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TONYAB2000 10/8/2013 10:20PM

    You are such an inspirational and beautiful person! I love this blog. NO one should EVER listen when someone says they can't or no because there is definitely a strong link between the mind/body/soul and you attitude makes all the difference. emoticon emoticon

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FELINEBETTER 10/8/2013 1:07PM

    Chelsea - YOU ROCK!!!! Thank you for giving so much of yourself! emoticon

I forgot to mention too -- LOVE the background! heheheh Meow!

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SLACHETKA103145 10/8/2013 6:54AM

    Thank you for posting this inspirational blog just when I need it so much!

Chemo went well yesterday but I went grocery shopping afterward and I could really tell it! But it is done!

Blood work not all normal but presented no problems! I will get sodium today hopefully!!!! Don't see the Dr until the 15th so still don't know about the next CT scan!

Please take care of yourself and since I am the elder between us, I want you to know that you to know that our special friendship means that it is OK to tell me what you are feeling too! In other words, I rely on you but you should(not fussing just want not to worry) expect the same thing from me...! Inspiration is a two way street!

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RICKENICKEY 10/8/2013 6:37AM

I love your outlook, and your positivity and determination can apply not just to MS but anything any of us are struggling with, so thank you for sharing! And by sharing our struggles and how we overcome them, we encourage others in the process. What a great circle!

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WORKOUTWITHPAM 10/8/2013 12:45AM

With your attitude I don't imagine there is much that you can't do! You are a 'WINNER," and an INSPIRATION to all of us.


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MICKEYH 10/7/2013 11:34PM

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LIVINGFREE19 10/7/2013 10:52PM

    You are doing wonderful, Chelsea, and to think you can still work after having the disease for 26 years is so amazing!

I have been diagnosed 3 years ago now, and mine seems to be progressing a lot faster than usual, my neurologist told me.

We get what we get, but I know attitude has a lot to do with how well a person does.

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MUSCLE-UP 10/7/2013 10:40PM

    Wow! A woman who will not be defeated. I am keeping this post for when I get whiney and kicking my foot in the dirt. I thought I had all this stuff figured out repeating over and over to myself this Scarlett O'Hara quote.

Remember when Atlanta was burning around down Scarlett's ears and she had so many people under her protection and was responsible to get them all back to Tara. She said " I can't think about that right now. If I do I will go crazy. I'll think about that tomorrow." and tomorrow is another day."

I like your way much better. Keep the faith.


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1CRAZYDOG 10/7/2013 10:29PM

    HUGS! You are an inspiration and a great example of how to live life on your own terms. NO letting illness dictate your life, but you dictate your life to the illness.

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MLDRLD 10/7/2013 10:17PM

    Wonderful, positive, blog, Chelsea! emoticon You are a strong, positive person.

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SNOWFLAKE322 10/7/2013 9:37PM

    You have such a wonderful outlook on your life and health. That positiveness really does help with people with chronic illnesses. You're an inspiration and wonderful person. sending prayers and hugs.

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KATWELL88 10/7/2013 7:47PM

    Great blog miss sunshine... emoticon
You keep going with optimism bit a touch of realism ( adapt to situations when needed).
I strongly believe in the mind body connection Of postivetiness?? That's why I read on people overcome obstacles and have friends like you to support me and others when encouraging support for each other. I think that a wonderful thing about friendship: help each other.. emoticon

I'm grateful I am at happier time of my life, can handle life challenges more, " here comes the sun" .. emoticon ....even though there are days when staying positive what life thrown at me isn't easy at times ( granted I may have touch of grumble or sadness very breifly .. However I bounce back and vrooommmm here I go on a plan!) emoticon
Also I write for silmiar reasons to motivate myself when I'm low and remind myself how far I have come so far.... And to give hope for others too when my friends have a hard time. emoticon

Keep on the love and hope theme you ROCK girlfriend!!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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MOM2ACAT 10/7/2013 6:41PM

    Great blog, I try to live the same way with my health issues.

As I have mentioned before, my best friend has MS, and you both inspire me! Years before I met her, she was in a wheelchair when she was first diagnosed; she was told she would never get out of it, but she was determined to prove them wrong, and she did! It's not always easy for her walk, but she no longer using a wheel chair.

By the way, love your page background!

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LOFLLAMA 10/7/2013 5:13PM

  You always are such an inspiration!

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PATRICIA441 10/7/2013 5:06PM

    You Go Girlfriend!! An Attitude of Gratitude goes a long way in life in illness and life in general. Our cups are half full not half empty!!! No one knows our limitations better than we do. emoticon through life with this upbeat mood. I am sure that is why you are doing as well as you are. emoticon my dear one. I know you inspire us all. Tender hugs, Pat

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BECCA315 10/7/2013 4:02PM

    Dealing with my own health issues, I totally understand and applause you! Thanks for sharing! Becca

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KADULAC 10/7/2013 4:01PM

    Great blog. What you said is so true. You are the only one who truly knows your limitations. Everyone else only knows what they've heard or read. We can do whatever we put our minds to, and we know when we've reached our limits.

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TREV1964 10/7/2013 3:10PM

    Great blog Chelsea,

I prefer to look at this a bit like being dealt a really bad hand of cards.

Do you put them down and quit the game or do you make the very best of what you have got and play the game the very best that you can making every card count to the maximum advantage.

Some people quit when they have a good hand because it is not the best hand they could have got. Those idiots quit before they start - they are losers regardless of how good their cards are.

90% of winning with any illness comes from the attitude that goes with it and no matter what you have, you seem to have developed a neo-perfect attitude for dealing with this - regardless of your situation you are making the very best of it.

I find your approach to all of this little short of divinely inspirational.

It is for this reason and many others that I am so proud to call you a special spark friend of mine.

It really is an honour to know you on here.



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  emoticon Love this heart-warming, kind and inspiring post so much. So many of us struggle with life issues, whether physical illness or something else, and your post really shares an uplifting message of support. Thank you~* #sparkle

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