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    Living the very best life you can

    What we can learn from the Stoics I read an article two or three days ago about how Stoicism can help you be the person you want to be. I took quite a lot from it and considered how I could apply it to my own life Under the heading ‘View from above’ the writer suggests re-evaluating ones life; perhaps in the evening, you review your day and how you feel about things that may have taken place. He writes: ‘How many times have you had a conversation or an interaction with someone and thought afterward “oh man, I should have said that”, or “I wish I hadn’t done that”?‘…

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    Moving Forwards

    How to face your fears and move on Wednesday of this week for me, was momentous. You will probably think that what I am going to say next is not much to write home about! I went out in my new power chair. There it is. I can hear the murmurs ‘and?’ ‘so?’ ‘and that was momentous because….’. Having a power chair after years of depending on other people to be pushed around is a wondrous thing. Having no choice as to where you can go, concern about whether the person pushing is able to manage awkward spaces, being parked while they go down a supermarket aisle or go off…

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    Life with MS – how it can make you feel

    Learning to live with feelings and frustrations Yesterday was extremely unproductive. I was frustrated at the end of the day so I wrote exactly what I was feeling. I have never done this before, not where it might be seen anyway. I didn’t intend to publish it. But then, I thought, why not? What follows is what I wrote; absolutely no amendments. Please keep reading, the end is positive I promise. Monday I can’t be bothered to do anything today. Not even to play games or listen to my book. I’m cold and I’m tired and I just want to go to bed. This is how it is sometimes. MS…

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    Why should it be so difficult………?

    In June, this year, my husband and I took our usual flight from Heathrow to Toulouse in France home to our house where we lived for 10 years. Since we returned to the UK three years ago we can only manage to get there for just six weeks a year. This is because of my disability. Or, actually it’s not! It’s because it is so difficult and stressful to take the flight. We used to drive down back in the day when we were both fit and healthy, sometimes staying somewhere on the way down. We would stay for six months and then go home for six months. So, we…

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    The Journey Continues

    Thanks for joining me! Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton I’ve been trying to get this blog going for ages.   I keep an ideas log where I have been trying out all the things I might write about.  The main thing is that I don’t want this to be a depressing place that people don’t want to visit. I had a blog years ago which I kept very lighthearted. I kept my MS out of it. It was all very new to me then, and I was trying to come to terms with being chronically ill. I did not want to be…