What it's like living with a chronic illness

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Many of you know by now that I have MS. Did you know that 1 in 2 Americans is also living with a chronic illness?! It's very sad that our lifestyles and eating habits have come to this. 

Because of MS, my life is pretty different than it used to be. I definitely always cared about what I looked like and felt like, but I wasn't really sure how to know good from bad. Ya know when you just get used to living with something that it becomes the norm? Yea, that's not always a good thing. 

Getting diagnosed at the young age of 23 (it was the same week of my birthday). I literally had no idea what to do. I had never even heard of MS before. I didn't even know what the acronym stood for. It means 'multiple scars' which are located on my brain, cerebellum and spinal cord. I can't feel them so that's what makes having this disease even that much more scary. I have no idea when I get a new one. My last MRI came back with a new lesion. Of course I cried and it stresses me out (the one emotion I try to limit everyday). 

So maybe you're wondering what I do then? If I lead such a healthy lifestyle, then how do I still come back from the doctors with bad news?! Well, I am a huge work in progress. It's funny because everyday, MS seems like the last thing I actually worry about. Between my digestive issues that I am tackling, my UTI, BV or even skin problems I am doing my best. When something comes up, I have an arsenal of ways to tackle things and no matter what I feel fantastic most days!

Bodies are meant to have issues. No one is perfect or immune to having a bad reaction to something at some point. I, and those with chronic illness, have sensitive immune systems. I do everything I can to be and feel my best and that's why leading a healthy lifestyle is second nature to me! It comes natural to me to want to eat healthy and barely drink and work out often. No, I do not judge anyone for not doing these things. You have to find a day to day that you enjoy! This is mine. I am happy. I have MS but I am utterly happy that it changed my life for the better.

What is your story?! I'd love to hear from you guys.

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xo,

Marielle

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