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Manage MS fatigue on your own terms

According to Healthline.com, “Unexplained fatigue and weakness affect about 80 percent of people in the early stages of MS.”

We’re tired of hearing about it.

Sure, at the core we are among the aforementioned 80 percent dealing with high levels of low energy, exhaustion and weakness. It is easy to say that MS is the culprit that causes us to feel such depletion. It can and it does.

But we refuse to give MS more credit than it deserves. We’re working to trump the disease on the fatigue factor. If MS is going to wipe us out, we’re going to do it on our own terms.

Between the set by the group The Fray and headliner Train, Jennifer's friend Nora found a perfect opportunity to photobomb us.
Between the set by the group The Fray and headliner Train, our friend Nora found a perfect opportunity to photobomb us.

For example, consider the day of the Train concert two weeks ago where we woke up at 6 the morning so Dan could work half a day, come home, and we then got ready and drove 150 minutes to DTE Energy Music Theatre, made it to the concert by 7, only to leave the venue at midnight and finally dropped into bed at 3:30 a.m. All this to see Train, the incredible group we just saw the past three summers and just HAD to see again.

Of course we were exhausted when the alarm woke us up at 8 a.m. the next day. But it wasn’t MS’s fault that we stuck around to see Train play “Drops of Jupiter” in its encore.

That’s all on us, not MS.

There are a lot of great tips to overcome MS fatigue, including staying cool and conserving your energy. Each trick is great, and they all have served us well.

But to certain point, each tip is a defensive move in managing the fatigue. We choose to make it a point to regularly go on the offensive, take some kind of control and call our own shots.

After living with MS for more than three decades combined, we realize that we’re going to be tired whether we live it up or not. So MS be damned, and we push through each day, giving it everything we possibly can. Some days are better than others. That’s the very nature of the disease itself, but then again, can’t everyone say the same thing whether or not they’re living with MS?

Either way, we’re moving forward with MS fatigue on our own terms.

Jim Harbaugh and my MS

All this hype surrounding the University of Michigan potentially naming Jim Harbaugh as its new football coach got me thinking about my Multiple Sclerosis. No really, it did. Follow this train of thought that logically connects one of my biggest regrets to the Wolverines and their 1997 college football national championship. My story goes a…Continue Reading

Meme MS inspiration

You likely have seen a meme. Facebook, Twitter and other social media resources are chock full of these images or pieces of text intended to make people laugh, think or feel inspired and ultimately moved to share them with their friends and followers. We’ve tried our hands (and invoked the help of our talented friends…Continue Reading

Monday Evening Events with Cooper

Good evening, dear readers, Forgive my twelve hour lateness, but while Mumma and Dan were away this cat sure did play. Writing just wasn’t a priority when I had the whole house to myself. Yes, I enjoy being alone at times and yes, I hate being alone. And yes, I am a cat of contradictions.…Continue Reading

In front of Pharma in Philadelphia

In a less-than-silent protest Cooper is not posting his Monday morning blog this week. He’s extremely upset with Jennifer and me and made this known the second we got home late Thursday night. I kid you not: Cooper ripped off a litany of what I could only interpret as foul-mouthed meows to scold us for…Continue Reading

Mr. and Mrs. Digmann go to Washington

Either our Multiple Sclerosis finally is starting to get to us or we really are getting old. Dan and I are leaning toward the latter (OUCH!). What else would explain how we have been back from Washington, D.C., for over three weeks and have not written about this incredible experience? The Michigan Chapter of the…Continue Reading