An Empowered Spirit (My blog)

In midlife I married my love of writing with health advocacy. I want to empower you on the importance of focusing on abilities despite living with a disability. I'm here to inspire you to live a vibrant, quality life after 50. We can do this together. Yup. We certainly can. AnEmpoweredSpirit.com
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How Can I Be Thankful For My Chronic Illness? | An Empowered Spirit | A Life with Multiple Sclerosis
When I write posts about my chronic illness I wonder if I sound whiny or insincere. I’d hate to think I do. When I began to blog I held back on opening up my heart for fear that readers would lose interest. After five years of blogging I found that people find hope and strength in my stories. I say that with great humility. If something I’ve said resonates, if I’ve touched someone’s soul, THAT is the reason why I blog. To make a difference.
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Why Am I Ecstatic About A New Unique Fictional Character? | An Empowered Spirit | A Life with Multiple Sclerosis
When Judy Walters told me about her upcoming book, A Million Ordinary Days, I was excited about its publication. When she revealed that her protagonist was a mom and career woman who struggled for independence despite a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis I was beyond thrilled! Her central character is a strong, resilient woman whose struggles mirror the strength and courage of people in the real MS community.
Don't miss this important webinar on taming stress! It's free and valuable to your health. Read on...  Learning how to put stress in its place is the most important work I can do right now. I need to incorporate stress reduction into my daily routine as part of my wellness plan. It’s important for you, too, because stress can cause damage to your physical and emotional health while influencing your mood, well-being and behavior. Physics, Doctor Of Nursing Practice, My Daily Routine, Wellness Plan, Life Lately, Neurology, Emotional Health, Daily Routine, To Learn
Want To Learn How To Tame Stress? Read On | An Empowered Spirit | A Life with Multiple Sclerosis
Don't miss this important webinar on taming stress! It's free and valuable to your health. Read on... Learning how to put stress in its place is the most important work I can do right now. I need to incorporate stress reduction into my daily routine as part of my wellness plan. It’s important for you, too, because stress can cause damage to your physical and emotional health while influencing your mood, well-being and behavior.
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Why A New Website For MS Patients And Their Families Is Amazing | An Empowered Spirit | A Life with Multiple Sclerosis
I’m pleased to announce a new website that was created for the multiple sclerosis community. Its name is LiveWiseMS and it’s become a popular and trusted resource for patients and care partners searching for credible information from MS experts.
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Surviving The Hurt And Loneliness Of Chronic Illness | An Empowered Spirit | A Life with Multiple Sclerosis
When you live with chronic illness you take moments of joy wherever you can find them. But when you’re sidelined for days and weeks on end it can lead to depression, anxiety, low self-esteem or even thoughts of suicide.
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How To Be Kind To Yourself To Be A Healthier You | An Empowered Spirit | A Life with Multiple Sclerosis
They say life imitates art. If that’s true I think I’m a Cubist painting by Picasso where my broken parts have yet to be reassembled. As my body challenges me I realize it’s time to take stock of my life. My health depends on it. Something has to change if I want to heal. It’s time to choose a better path.
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The Princess Who Taught Me How To Live Again | An Empowered Spirit | A Life with Multiple Sclerosis
The most important lesson I learned from the late, great Carrie Fisher is that life unfolds in weird and unimaginable ways. No matter what’s on our plates we have two choices. We can let life lead us into a downward spiral of dysfunction, or we can find humor in the deepest corners of sorrow.
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Three Ways to Use Your Voice for a Better World | An Empowered Spirit | A Life with Multiple Sclerosis
I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about how we can use our voice for a better world. The voice of a nation. The voice of a child. The voice of the sick. The voice of a community. A tiny word that speaks volumes in so many ways.
Breaking yourself open to tell your truth isn’t easy. You wonder if honesty will be a sign of weakness to your readers. But I believe surrendering to adversity and sharing it with others shows great strength and courage. Broken Soul, Somewhere Over The Rainbow, Interpersonal Relationship, Marriage Tips, Over The Rainbow, The Rainbow, Walk In, To Tell
Four Valuable Ways To Help Someone With Chronic Illness | An Empowered Spirit | A Life with Multiple Sclerosis
Breaking yourself open to tell your truth isn’t easy. You wonder if honesty will be a sign of weakness to your readers. But I believe surrendering to adversity and sharing it with others shows great strength and courage.
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How James Stewart Taught Me How To Heal | An Empowered Spirit | A Life with Multiple Sclerosis
Before taking the role of George Bailey in “It’s a Wonderful Life” James Stewart took a break from acting after serving his military service. The war changed him and he needed time to recoup and heal. From then on the roles he chose reflected a much deeper and multidimensional persona.
LinkedIn remembered something I forgot. It was An Empowered Spirit’s fifth birthday! I paused to think about that fateful day when my trembling hand almost didn’t push the PUBLISH button on my computer. The Ringer, Fifth Birthday, I Thank You, One Image, I Forgot, Marry Me
Why I Thank You For My Fifth Birthday | An Empowered Spirit | A Life with Multiple Sclerosis
LinkedIn remembered something I forgot. It was An Empowered Spirit’s fifth birthday! I paused to think about that fateful day when my trembling hand almost didn’t push the PUBLISH button on my computer.
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Collaboration is the Key to Improving the Lives of People with MS | An Empowered Spirit | A Life with Multiple Sclerosis
Last week at CMSC's "Forum for Collaboration" I listened to a jam-packed room of passionate, goal-oriented and gifted people discuss how their work will help those affected by Multiple Sclerosis.
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How Can Integrative Medicine Make You Healthier? | An Empowered Spirit | A Life with Multiple Sclerosis
What do you do when you’re desperate to step outside the box of conventional medicine to feel better? His name is Dr. Allen Bowling and he’s an internationally renowned neurologist and MS specialist. He’s also a leading authority on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) as applied to Multiple Sclerosis. Here's my interview with him.
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How #Chico's Clothing Makes Me Feel Beautiful | An Empowered Spirit | A Life with Multiple Sclerosis
My photos from the past few years illustrate MY LIFE WITH CHICO’S. Thank you for making me feel good about myself again, and for helping me take the DIS out of ABILITY.
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Are You Interested In Winning Eight Award Winning #Books? | An Empowered Spirit | A Life with Multiple Sclerosis
My contribution to our library includes books that were required reading in college such as Shakespeare, James Joyce, Chaucer and Edith Wharton. Weary and yellowed I love these old friends and will never part with them. I have textbooks from the health advocacy course I took for my certification. Those are part of my permanent collection. The remainder of my library consists of books passed down from my mother, ones from my days as a member of various book clubs and those I chose for mysel