A day in the life of…….

A very special friend, who is like a sister to me, has recently been told she has multiple sclerosis. She has been to so many doctors and has had so many tests, I admire her courage and strength. For a long time, she admits she was in denial. The sensation that her body is experiencing is only known to her. The pain and anguish she feels, she must endure. She has had to start giving herself injections everyday. She can no longer hide and pretend all is fine with her system. She has taken the responsibility of caring for herself, and she must deal both mentally and physically each day with whatever this disease may bring. She has educated herself to MS and has made the decision to fight and hope one day for a cure. Research in the area of MS has grown, so she feels one day soon she will have great news!

She has also come to understand that her friends and family are with her on this journey in life that she must now go through. She understands that she does not need to do it alone…others love her and are with her! I admire her strength. I admire her courage. I admire her sense of humor! I love my friend! I am not going anywhere. I will always be there for her! Friends to the end!

Footnote taken from Wikepedia……

There is no known cure for MS. Treatments attempt to return function after an attack, prevent new attacks, and prevent disability.[1] MS medications can have adverse effects or be poorly tolerated, and many patients pursue alternative treatments, despite the lack of supporting scientific study. The prognosis is difficult to predict, it depends on the subtype of the disease, the individual patient’s disease characteristics, the initial symptoms and the degree of disability the person experiences as time advances.[7] Life expectancy of patients is nearly the same as that of the unaffected population.[7]

BE A FRIEND TO SOMEONE YOU LOVE….FRIENDSHIP HOLDS AMAZING POWER…….

Get a Grip On Committment, Already!

Some of you may not like what I am going to say, so please leave the room.
Are we ready? I am real big on making a commitment and staying with it all the way to the end. I may not always enjoy the way down the road I chose to take, but I stay with it! Making a true commitment sends messages to others, as well as to yourself (if you are listening) ,about who you are as a person at that point in your life. It develops a trust factor in your personality and it shows others your true dedication to seeing things through. If you chose to voluntarily place yourself emotionally, physically, or intellectually to a course of action, you are making a commitment and need to see it done! It shows that you are sincere and focused in what you have chosen to undertake.So, review your commitments. They can be those found in relationships, goals, jobs, family, friends, your physical health, and your emotional health. If you have made the sincere effort in those areas of your life, great! I applaud you. If you feel any hesitation, time to sit yourself down and review some things, right?So, please do not make a promise or an agreement to do something in the future, unless you will give it your all! You can do anything in life, as long as you are alive and well. Once you’re gone, oh well.

Believe in Yourself;

Luisa Doraz

“DOOMSDAY…….unrated”

I was bored so I rented another movie. Yes, I know I watch a lot of movies! “Doomsday” was supposed to be a suspense/horror film. I thought it was more like a comedy. Let me explain.
Of course, by the title you can figure things are not going so good on planet Earth. In this case, specifically Britain. A virus breaks out that of course, has no known cure. The city becomes semi-normal after years, but the virus breaks out again. So, they send this chick out to the other side of the wall to go look for the Dr., who they think may have the cure.
Along the journey this chick leads a team of soldiers on, all kinds of wacko stuff happen. Heads go flying, arms go swinging, and body parts are considered a delicacy. There is a pretty cool dude who leads the evil side. He puts on quite a stage show for us. His girlfriend is a real#*#*#! I am glad what goes down for her happens.
Anyway, if you want to see some pretty crazy, off the wall stuff….rent this movie. I kind of liked it. It made me laugh!

Humor and Stress…….

The main reason I decided to start writing articles for Healthtips 101 and Doraz Says was to help me control my stress. I really like to express myself through humor. I believe that humor is the way to go when all else fails! Sometimes, granted, things just are not funny….but, if you can get past the aggravation and disgust over what just happened to stress you out, just take a few deep breaths, and smile.
According to an article I just read in the September 2008 issue of Shape magazine, just thinking about maybe laughing helps. Researchers at Loma Linda University Schools of Applied Health Profession and Medicine have found that the anticipation does wonders for your health. “Just the act of imagining a positive experience brings us hope and decreases the level of the stress hormone cortisol and epinephrine, says lead study author Lee S Berk,Dr.P.H. “ And because it also triggers the release of other hormones that optimize the immune system ,it could even help fend off illnesses.”
So, like I have been trying to get you to do…LAUGH. Who would not want to lower their stress? Think of some ways you can just have fun. I love to put on some crazy music and just “let it go!” I also get together with my friends and family and talk to them about stuff that really does not make any sense…they just give me that look! Hey, why not start a site like I did, Doraz Says is a “Spin Off” of Healthtips 101.
So stick with Jennifer and I. We’re having lots of fun. Hope you are too!

Dr. Berk was kind enough to comment on this article. It is posted under “About Luisa Doraz.” Thank you Dr. Berk!

 

 

Believe in Yourself;

Luisa Doraz