“When are you having Baby #2?!”

I can’t tell you how often I’m asked when we’re going to expand our family. It’s almost as if once your first baby turns 1, there’s an instant assumption that you’d begin trying immediately (as if the chaos of managing life with a 1 year old isn’t hard enough! Ha). Plus, many of my friends are starting to get pregnant again so I think it’s only natural to wonder when or if you’ll have that itch too.

Both Bill and I do want to have another child, but truth be told, we’re not ready quite yet. I’m honestly hesitant because being pregnant means I’ll be med-free again, which scares me to say the least. MS relapses after giving birth are so common and the thought of something happening to me when I have two children to care for is nerve-wracking to think about.

Last time around, I was so fortunate with Chloe and believe my heavy doses of steroids – which I started immediately following her birth – were the reason I was so lucky. Certainly I could follow the same plan next time around but you never know what will happen (oh the joys of MS!). So, back to the original question – “when are you going to have a 2nd baby?”…. Read more

I, too, had a plan until life happened

Close to a year ago I did something that was so uncharacteristically like me. I quit my stable, well-respected corporate job with no promising plans in sight.

At the time, I felt like I needed to focus on myself, my health and my baby, who was only 4 months old; I needed to make my personal life a priority. The logical and rational side of me had a tough time remedying that decision, particularly because I had worked hard to get where I was professionally. I worked my way up the corporate ladder over the past 10 years trading in agency life for client side, pushing for promotion after promotion while going to grad school at night. Needless to say, quitting my job without a plan was not in my plan.  Read more

Participate in a MS Research Study & Make $150

📢 Callin’ all MSers in the Chicagoland area! Do you want to make an easy $150 just for sharing your story and experience with MS? I’ve partnered up with a market research group who is willing to compensate you generously for a 90-minute in-person interview this Weds, 8/2 in downtown Chicago.

Click here to participate and make sure you mention my blog “Well and a Strong with MS. OR, you can contact Sally directly at 267-705-6803 and reference Study S15873 and Well and Strong with MS.

Let me know if you participate and hopefully I’ll see ya there

Faces of MS: Beth Prystowsky from Modern Day MS

I am excited to introduce you all to Beth Prystowsky, an inspirational MSer, mom and yogi who has created one of the top MS websites for research, information, and inspiration – Modern Day MS.

Modern Day MS is a valuable asset for anyone with MS. Although we’ve never met in person, I’ve followed Beth and Modern Day MS on Facebook religiously (you should too!) and am so appreciative to have found a positive source of inspiration about MS online. Her website includes key research, treatment options and even recommended neurologists so it’s a great place to search for more info (especially for those of you who are recently diagnosed!). Read more

Women on the Move Luncheon

The Women on the Move Luncheon, which supports raising funds for the National MS Society, was the first event I went to just 2 months after my diagnosis with MS. I remember attending the luncheon vividly, as it had such an emotional impact on me. I walked into the ballroom at the Ritz Carlton hotel and was instantly brought to tears. Just a few months before that event, I had walked into that same ballroom but for a very different reason. My entry was to announce our marriage as husband and wife, the happiest of occasions, but this time, I was overwhelmed with fear, sadness and disbelief. How quickly life had changed. Read more

#MotivationMonday

I received this note over the weekend and the message was so inspiring that I felt compelled to share with you all this Monday morning…

“Good for you Angie! I wish you all of the best. You are young and strong. You and your doctor should be able to control of your disease very effectively. You would be short changing yourself and your family to feel anything less than alive, vibrant, and positive.

I have had primary progressive MS for 16 years and I have become severely disabled. I get in and out of bed, on and off the toilet, in and out of the shower with a ceiling track system and someone to help me. I don’t have to worry about making it to the bathroom on time because I have a “upra-pubic” catheter that drains into a bag belted around my calf. All of that and even more!

Yet through all of it, I wake up with a purpose every morning, a smile on my face, and a kiss from my wife. It is what it is. It becomes what I make of it.”

Thank you, Joe, for putting life in perspective today.

Let’s all make the most of Joe’s message and remind ourselves to take a step back to realize how good we really have it. Joe is an example to us all that a positive attitude truly is everything.

Have a good week, everyone!