Me, Myself and MS
Guest Author – Amy Cave-Ayland
I wrote a blog post last year just after I was diagnosed with MS and found the whole process very therapeutic, staying positive about the diagnosis by renaming my MS to stand for Mental Strength; it was all good I thought to myself, I’ve got this. Fast forward a year and I have never felt like such a fraud. I have had positive days, albeit very few and far between, but I’ve had more days where I have felt lower than I could ever have possibly imagined. I started to let MS beat me and define who I was. I couldn’t see any good qualities in me anymore as I was always so down; I only noticed the negatives about me and about how my MS was making me feel, I didn’t have Mental Strength at all. I was diagnosed with a mild form of ‘Relapsing Remitting MS’ in the beginning but as time went on and my symptoms never went away completely, the doctors informed me it was not as mild as they first thought. I started thinking about when I used to get dizzy spells 10-15 years ago that would cause me to stop whatever I was doing and hold onto something until it passed. I started thinking maybe I have had this lot longer than I’ve been diagnosed for. I read up about my diagnosis in more detail and there it was, in black and white on the screen in front of me. Something that I had never been told by the specialists but I assumed would apply to me in the future:
“Most people with relapsing remitting MS will eventually develop secondary progressive MS”.
For somebody who suffers with crippling anxiety, it started getting me down so much that I would wake every morning wondering whether my symptoms would be worse today or if I was having a relapse. I would randomly start crying for no apparent reason throughout the day; reading the kids a bedtime story, even at work, in the toilets or on my lunchbreak. Then I emailed Emma one day and asked if I could write another blog post to try and channel my thoughts onto paper to see if that lifted me, there’s something about getting your thoughts out of your head somehow, whether it be writing them down or talking to someone, that seems to work. If I start writing down how I feel I seem to find a solution that my head just wouldn’t think of if I was just thinking in my head, I need to think outside of my head….if that makes any sense at all!!
So what I have discovered by “thinking outside of my head” is this: Yes I will have an incurable disease that could deteriorate for the rest of my life but I have to think of the reasons why I’m grateful for having MS. Looking at the positives of having MS. It has made me a whole lot healthier and fitter in terms of diet and exercise (addiction to chocolate aside), which in turn, has made me stronger physically (despite the MS attacking my nervous system and giving me numbness, dizziness and vision problems), which makes me feel as if I’m fighting back. I’ve met some lovely people through forums and friends of friends who act as a support network and help you realise you’re not alone in the MS world. And, now this is an odd one, in a roundabout way it has actually made me more feminine. I’m a tomboy at heart, always have been always will be, growing up playing football with the boys (and fellow tomboys) when I was younger, but now I’m exercising more, my worst feature, which has always been my legs, has now become a favourite feature of mine which has resulted in me buying (sorry bank balance) and wearing more dresses.
The advice I have taken on board the most is that you can’t change what life throws at you but you can change your response to it. I didn’t want MS but MS chose me so I have to learn to live the life I have now the best I can possibly make it, so if I do relapse or deteriorate I can hold my head up high and know that I have lived each and every day to the best of my ability. MS has taken the person I used to be and made me a stronger and braver person and I can only appreciate that. I’ve made it this far, I won’t give up on myself now.
Thank you Amy for being so honest and open, it is truly inspiring. If you have something you are dealing with or an inspiring story you are prepared to share that will help others coping with life’s tough situations and circumstances, I would love to hear from you.
Lower Anxiety Lift Depression
by Emma Triplett
If you are suffering from anxiety and depression, now is the time to take action and get your life back on track!
Lower Anxiety Lift Depression will explain the reason for anxiety and depression so you understand what you can do to deal with the issues that are restricting your life, realise you can take control and recover quickly.
The first step is to understand why anxiety or depression develops. Many people feel the reason for their issues is down to a specific problem or event that has deeply moved them; for example, the break-up of a relationship, financial problems, or illness. But, these are things that are worrying them, they are not the reason for anxiety or depression.
The first step to recovering is learning the truth about the real cause of anxiety or depression. Lower Anxiety Lift Depression includes seven professional video tutorials, one each day, to watch at your own pace. No pressure, no deadlines, no targets, and no confusing science; just Emma Triplett, Clinical Hypnotherapist, Psychologist and Life Coach, explaining why this is happening. Emma exercises empathy and shows great insight in explaining how to deal with anxiety and depression, how to banish it for good, and how to achieve peace of mind and happiness.
With Lower Anxiety Lift Depression, you can be happy, calm, motivated, stress-free and in control.
The Good News After the Bad
Depression and anxiety stem from chemical reactions in the brain. The bad news is that they cannot be seen and they are not always easy to understand. But the good news is that they can be controlled by you (no prescription medication necessary).
Take steps to recognise what has gone wrong and identify what needs to change and it is possible to learn what needs to be done to take control.
This video series is perfect for anyone who is ready to take responsibility for themselves and their life and is prepared to open their mind to learning new ways of dealing with things. Now is the time to enrol on the course Lower Anxiety Lift Depression.
Understanding Anxiety and Depression
When someone is in the grip of anxiety or depression, their brain gets stuck in a mode that is meant for dealing with crisis, emergency and danger. That’s why they might feel like they are going round and round in circles, doing the same thing over and again not able to break free of the thought patterns or are too scared to try anything different in case it doesn't work or something even worse happens. Worrying about the worst case scenario or feeling nothing will every work are typical thought patterns for anxiety and depression, the difference between the two is that people with anxiety tend to worry and what-if about the future and people with depression negatively introspect about themselves, their life and the past. Many people do both and many develop other symptoms of anxiety and depression such as anger, suffer from sleep disorders, panic attacks, migraines, IBS, eating disorders, addictions, OCD, and so on.
Banish the Irrational Voices for Good
It helps to look at the situation as having two voices inside our head. The logical, rational, intellectual part of our mind battles against the irrational, emotional, primitive part. This is the part that imagines the worst possible scenario to prepare us for what could go wrong. Someone suffering from depression or anxiety is likely to be letting the irrational, emotional, primitive part of their mind win the argument.
But it can be quietened. It is possible to banish it for good and put the logical, rational, intellectual part back in control.
Lower Anxiety, Lift Depression. A seven-day video course that will help get the real you back.
What to Expect From Lower Anxiety Lift Depression
- A video delivered to your inbox every day for seven days
- A special bonus video module on day eight
- A free self-hypnosis MP3 track
- A recommended reading list to guide you if you want more information
- One-to-one email support from Emma Triplett, DPH, HPD, MNCH(Reg), AfSFH, Clinical Hypnotherapist, Psychologist & Life Coach
- A money back guarantee if you are not happy about what you receive for any reason.
- Full course lesson plan that you can do at your own speed or refer back to as many times as you like.
With this course you will learn
- why we develop anxiety and/or depression
- how the brain works, explained in an unscientific way everyone will understand
- how we influence the world around us, good and bad, just by our thoughts
- how your hormones and neurotransmitters are affected and how you can directly influence that to become happy, calm, motivated, stress free and in control.
- strategies of how to deal with toxic people around you more effectively.
- what makes you tick and where it all goes right or wrong for you.
- why something needs to change in your life
- what needs to change
- your fundamental needs as a human being and why, when this goes wrong, anxiety and/or depression can develop.
Who should take this course
- Lower Anxiety Lift Depression is for people who are suffering from anxiety and/or depression and experiencing symptoms such as anger, insomnia & sleep disorders, panic attacks, OCD, IBS, eating disorders, addictions or migraine and headaches,
- People who want to understand why they have anxiety and depression (it probably not what you think)
- Those who want to learn what they can do to take control and be 'normal' again.
I bought the course for help in dealing with my depression and anxiety, I hoped that doing the course would help to ease my symptoms. The course exceeded my expectations, I was given pills for my anxiety and have found that I have not needed to take them.*Rachel,
First class course which is excellent value for money. Emma went above and beyond to ensure it ran smoothly and provide further information to help answer any questions. I highly recommend the books and courses.*Lucy,
How does it work?
Starting today you will receive a video lesson a day for seven days, plus a bonus module that you can keep and refer to whenever you need. Each lesson is delivered at the same time each day and you will receive the first lesson instantly in your inbox, even if it's 2am. You will also receive a full lesson plan so if you miss a lesson, need to refer back or even if you are keen and want to work ahead you can access any of the lessons whenever is convenient for you.
With lesson 1 you will also receive a free hypnotherapy MP3 download to use along side this course with full instructions of how to use it so you can maximise its benefits. You will also receive a 'Wednesday's Thought' every week which is midweek inspiration for you to ponder and on Saturdays I send you the weekly article which has been inspired by readers or guest writers on topics that help you go through life more easily.
Get Started Now
7 day video course for anxiety and depression is one of a new range of courses with the option of selecting how much you want to pay. No matter how much you pay, you'll be getting the same course as everybody else. We simply trust that people are honest and will support the author of the course with whatever they can afford. And if you are not 100% satisfied, we will refund your money.