If I knew at the start, what I know now, I think that my MS story, would have been very different. From what I have read, it is important that a newly diagnosed person make changes, so that they may stabilise their illness and stop nerve damage.
For me, that could have helped one of my symptoms – my foot, I have what they call foot drop, it means that when I am walking I am not lifting the left foot properly, it is one of the single most distressing thing about my MS. I walk with a slight limp and when I have walked too far or stood for too long, I can get a range of symptoms, pain, numbness, dragging the foot, dragging the leg, going over on the ankle, inability to coordinate the leg correctly etc lots of different things, that make hoovering the house, going grocery shopping, walking to the canteen in work or going on a date, a stressful event. Nobody likes to be obviously disabled and it is hard when you know that people are looking and thanking God that they don’t have the issue.
I suppose, the point that I am trying to make, is that you need to change certain aspects of your life and the sooner the better. That is not to say that they are easy changes but they can stabilise the illness and may even help with recovery.
In my opinion, the most important book to read when you get diagnosed with MS is Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis. It is by a doctor in Australia who has multiple sclerosis and he uses his expertise to research MS treatments. What makes the book my favourite, is that he explains things in layman’s terms and arms you with the information, to decide how you want to progress your recovery. I believe that it is so, so important to take ownership of your illness, you are the destiny of you and you have to decide/believe in what you need to do, for it to be successful.
Professor George Jelinek – Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis
Louise Hay – You can heal your life –
Louise Hay offers practical steps to healing, she healed herself from cancer.
Dermot O Connor – The Healing Code –
Dermot O’Connor was diagnosed with MS and uses different principles in his book to heal himself, he calls it a 5 step plan to recovery
Bernie Siegel – Love, Medicine and Miracles –
Bernie Siegel, M.D., is a surgeon and the author of several books on healing. His first book, Love, Medicine and Miracles, was considered a landmark commentary on the process of inner and outer healing. In 1978, he started ECaP (Exceptional Cancer Patients), a form of individual and group therapy for recovering patients. The book supports the idea that unconditional love is the most powerful stimulant of the immune system. In this book, Dr. Siegel talks about how his own “dark night” as a surgeon led him to seek for new approaches to healing
Caroline Myss – Anatomy of the Spirit –
Caroline Myss looks at the body and how your biography is reflected in your cells/health.
Rhonda Byrne – The Secret –
This books explains about the law of attraction and how you can manifest great things into your life, a very interesting read.