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I really do live my life like a regular person. I just made minor adjustments. I follow my schedule for my treatment and you will find me an Atlanta Hawks basketball game cheering on my favorite team. You may find me at a theater performance. I may be in the back of the stage, but I’m there. When I wake up in the morning,
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a little slow to get up and start walking. I tend to lose my balance first thing in the morning, especially when I find myself having to rush. So I like for things to remain calm and so that I’m not pressured for time. I have my medication laid out. If it’s a day that I have to take my shots, I use my calendar as much as I can,
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so I don’t forget that, because a lot of the actual treatment is spread out over different weeks. I did have to overcome a lot of fear with the injections, mainly because it’s a needle, but after a conversation with my neurologist, the treatment that was provided would have been best rather than taking pills. So I took a training class, and it really helped out to calm down the nerves.
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The last thing I needed was to be afraid of something that was going to treat me and make sure that I don’t run into any issues or any episodic flares with the MS. I never see the needle and that built up so much confidence in itself. I worried if in the event something were to ever happen and I couldn’t give myself the injection, I made sure to explain to my best friend why I would need the shot and if something were to happen, how to administer it.
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Of course, there are so many different stressors in life, and a lot of times when I find myself getting ready to have or even experiencing an episodic flare, it’s mainly because of stress. Yoga brings peace. You can actually do yoga in a chair, and a lot of times, especially when I’m experiencing so much fatigue, I prefer to do it sitting down.
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If I don’t get the peace in yoga, I can always find it in meditation. That’s the biggest thing about our MS is being optimistic, but definitely finding that peace, so that you can focus on the great that life has to offer.
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I’m LaTasha Garvin, and I’m a member of MyMSTeam.
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