Not Today MS, Running, Uncategorized

Not Today, MS 5K Run/Walk!

This September, we're celebrating something pretty big here at Not Today, MS. This September will mark five years since my MS Diagnosis. Five years of CHOOSING JOY over fear, anxiety, tingling fingers, vertigo, medication side-effects, fatigue, pain, worry and anger. We decided in September 2015 that this disease would not define who I am. That… Continue reading Not Today, MS 5K Run/Walk!

anxiety, Faith, Family, food, I like foods, Uncategorized

“You’re special.” *My Salmonella Story.

You're special. The ER doctor was doing her job. She was reminding me that I needed to do a better job of taking care of myself. She wasn't trying to make me feel bad, but her words... ugh, they stung anyway. I had the most wonderful vacation in early June. It had been five years… Continue reading “You’re special.” *My Salmonella Story.

anxiety, Faith, Family, Multiple Sclerosis, Not Today MS, panic attacks, Running, Uncategorized

I refuse.

I refuse to become a pessimist. Even though I have been shocked and disappointed by people I loved and respected over the last couple of years... Even though my heart has broken over lost friendships and lost people. I refuse to change my "Pollyanna"/believe the best in people attitude just so I won't be heartbroken… Continue reading I refuse.

anxiety, Faith, grief, joy, Not Today MS, panic attacks

It’s going to be okay.

I’m not going to lie. The last two days have been rough. Reality of our new normal setting in. I haven’t stepped foot in any kind of store or restaurant in over a week and I likely won’t be allowed to for a very long time. My daughter just found out she will be out… Continue reading It’s going to be okay.

Faith, Family, joy, Not Today MS, panic attacks, Uncategorized

Cynicism… and a bonus book review!

Cynicism is defined as "an inclination to believe that people are motivated purely by self-interest; skepticism." The world wants us to believe cynicism is cool. That the cynics are the ones who won't be fooled. No one is going to pull a fast one on them! But, having lived as a complete cynic for the… Continue reading Cynicism… and a bonus book review!

Faith, Family, joy, Not Today MS, Podcast, trisomy 18, Uncategorized

Episode 14: Meighan and Mike’s Fight for Joy!

Meighan and Mike have experienced some pretty tough seasons during their 6-year marriage, most recently being the passing of their daughter, Eloise Joy to Trisomy 18. They have adopted the mantra “Choose Joy” and have allowed the Lord to use Ellie’s life in some pretty powerful ways. Meighan and Mike live in Vine Grove with… Continue reading Episode 14: Meighan and Mike’s Fight for Joy!

Faith, Family, joy, Multiple Sclerosis, Not Today MS, Uncategorized

Just show up.

Everyone keeps asking me how I’m doing. This season of job change and taking on new volunteer responsibilities and all that comes with Fall and Christmas events—I appreciate everyone’s love and concern for me. They don’t want me to do too much. Multiple Sclerosis can be triggered by stress. And my people know that. And… Continue reading Just show up.

Faith, Family, joy, Not Today MS, Podcast, Transverse Myelitis

Episode 12: Scott and Jane’s Fight for Joy!

Scott and Jane Conway have been together since college and have been married for over 25 years. Scott has his MBA and works for a local bank and Jane has taught Spanish and ESL for many years. They built a beautiful life and raised two amazing daughters, Madison and Ann-Morgan. But on November 6, 2013,… Continue reading Episode 12: Scott and Jane’s Fight for Joy!