January 2013 Walking Update ~ Expect the Best, Prepare for the Worst

Louise HayI have always believed with all my heart that the human body was created to heal itself. I’ve learned that now is the time to prepare for the worst.

I thought Louise Hay was right when she said, “I KNOW if they (those with chronic illness) are WILLING to do the mental work of releasing and forgiving, almost everything can be healed.”  Following Louise Hay my entire life I used self-talk and emotional clearing to live an incredibly healthy life.

I thought Louise Hay was right until I was diagnosed with MS.

For whatever reason, MS is still active in my life.

Perhaps I haven’t done the right things long enough, maybe continuing the positive self talk, living in the Now as Eckhart Tolle teaches,  and seeing the goodness in myself and all others will eventually prove Louise Hay to be teaching the truth.

Or maybe a cure will be found.

I don’t know but maybe my happiness amid this dreaded condition is because I have done the emotional work and mastered the self-discipline necessary. I have gone through the stages of grief and accepted and embraced my new reality.

I’ve lived joyfully until the first week in December. I had a flair then pneumonia. This month has been another month of learning and much emotional pain. I thought I had already learned what Eckhart Tolle taught; the key is to quiet the mind.

My lack of peace came from the fear of the future (becoming unable to get out of bed) and longing for the past (triggered by my children visiting for Christmas).

As we continue to study and practice quieting our minds, Eckhart says we will be shown how to free ourselves from the enslavement of the mind. Tolle explains there is “intense conscience presence in the now.”

The greater part of human pain is non-acceptance, some form of unconscious resistance to what is.

Through my MS journey I have learned many things. December 2012 I learned to accept the best and plan for the worst.

Being the queen of denial, I didn’t want to accept that I might someday need in-home health care so when the time came, I had no idea where to go for help.

Monday I have an appointment with the local home health care organization to find out what is available if I need it again. I will continue to expect the best, but I will prepare for the worst, in this case, needing in-home health care.

Reading Eckhart Toole and the Power of Now helped me once again. December, 2012 is confirmation that life’s experiences will be repeated in different forms until the lesson is learned.

Have you seen lessons repeat themselves in your life until they’re learned? I’d love to hear, write your experiences in the comments below~


About our Co-Founder: With a bachelors in Social Work, Linda is 53 years old, happily married with eight children and 17 grandchildren. Diagnosed with MS in 1995 and now having accepted and truly embraced her new reality, Linda has created MSrelief.com. She is dedicated to proving that joy can be chosen while living with Multiple Sclerosis. Linda specializes in helping others, especially those with MS attain the lifestyle, independence and happiness amid living with MS.


  1. My biggest blessing from 2012 was meeting you my dear friend. Thanks for sharing your heart, your wisdom and your joy with all of us Linda.

    When you share your bad times along with your good times you allow us into your world in a very real way, to a degree to most people might not be comfortable going.

    You are a very precious gem Linda and a gift to us all in the MS community. May your 2013 be healthier and more prosperous than you’ve ever thought possible!

    ((HUGE HUG))


    • Thank you Trish!
      Our partnership is incredible! I feel the same way, our meeting is the greatest blessing from 2012!

      It was your influence, encouraging me to take time off, focusing on self care. I spent the time with my family playing and laughing the entire vacation. The lesson was learned; live in the Now, I won’t let fear of the future or mourning the past put even a tinge of negativity in my present!

  2. Good advice, Linda, even for people who are not afflicted with a chronic illness.

  3. People with M.S.
    Babies with cancer.
    Let’s stop blaming people for contracting illnesses.

    • I’m sorry, I need to re-read this post. Did I say anything to give the impression that I’m blaming anyone for illness? Well, I guess sometimes our choices do lead to health challenges…

  4. Your words : “Perhaps I haven’t done the right things long enough, maybe continuing the positive self talk”
    Imply: if you’d done things “right” you’d be cured.
    And your words of “making choices” leading to health problems…
    Again, babies with cancer?
    Let me guess, you blame the parents for poor choices.
    You do understand we’re all going to die one day, right?
    Or does your blame-ridden world view delude you into believing that by making “right choices” you’d live forever?
    Your thinking is dangerous.
    Please God, don’t let Linda ever work in a hospital.

    • Goodness, what negative energy! How do you make it through a day? I really believed for years that I have control over this condition. I now know that the one thing I do have is control over my attitude. Even so, I will always hope that some day, somehow, I will be cured and I’ll do everything I can to be ready for that day.

      I do not live a blame-ridden life but an empowered one. It is liberating to be able to control the food I consume, the exercise that I do, and the thoughts I think.

      “Making choices” was in reference to illness that is directly connected to poor living choices. Of course I know that we’re going to die and I am going to enJOY to the end!

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