July 2012 Walking Update ~ Get Out of the House

Get out of the house! Get into the fresh air ~ visit with people in real life!

I know this opens up a can of worms!

  • Temperature issues
  • Fatigue setbacks
  • Mobility troubles
  • Motivational difficulties
  • Attitude predicaments

And the list goes on. All of these issues are opportunities for another post; more information!

Guest Bloggers Wanted!

I would love it if any you are interested in being a guest blogger for MSrelief.com to write about these topics (or you can write on a subject of your choice)! We have a guest blogger page available right here.

For those of us who live in Alaska or Washington State the comfortable 60 degree whether during this time of the year sets no limits. It’s all about knowing what works for us and acting accordingly. We need to recognize our limits and plan in advance.

I gratefully chuckle about the fact that I can go to church alone without making advance arrangements and I know someone will be willing to happily get my walker out of the car and push me around if I need them to!  In reality people are incredible everywhere and will gladly get my walker out of the car.

Before the MS diagnoses, most of us lived our lives serving others. Sometimes now we need to allow others to serve us. There are ways to do both and it can be enjoyable!

I have many wonderful friends in my life and I have learned over the years how to be a great friend myself. Interactions with them bring me such joy!

My husband and I have a ‘date night’ once a week and in addition I make arrangements with my friends to go with me to a bunch of places, one at a time.

My friends are willing to pick me up if I have the need and serve me more by getting my walker out of the car. We go to the movies, school or community plays, lunch, MS support group meetings, MS events, Church and Church activities.

Every event is a blast! It’s so enjoyable being together. No matter what activity we are doing we are talking. We share all of the interesting guess-whats of our lives and I listen to my friends troubles, recognizing MS isn’t the only problem!

Most of my friends are ‘phenomenally aware’; they are totally honest with themselves and we can have real conversations.  The greatest service I have to give comes from our time in conversation.

I can use my counseling skills to help them through their problems and in the process I benefit also.  Whether we have counseling skills or not, having a listening ear is a wonderful service!

The service I give these days isn’t making and delivering dinner to a sick friend or babysitting their kids, it looks totally different. Every part of my life looks differently in my MS reality but getting out of the house with friends is enjoyable!

How are you getting out of the house? Do you need any assistance or are you independent? Tell me about the benefits you see in getting out of the house!


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. And I forgot the most disabling issue that keeps people inside: PAIN!! My heart goes out to everyone in pain! I would love a guest blogger to write more articles about pain!

  2. Spending too much time on your computer (more than 10 hours a day like most internet addicts out there) can have some serious health consequences and this is not speculation – it’s the real deal. Better go do some exercise and also eat healthy to maintain a normal healthy life.

  3. Hi Linda,

    Thank you for your July 1, 2012 walking update. I Am inspired by your comments, your posive attitude and joy for life you have in the midst of a struggle you face daily. Your video update says a lot about who you are, your perseverance and beautiful spirit. Thank you for being an encouragement! Janet

    • Thanks Janet! You are so kind ~ I have to say that this is my most favorite Walking Update! It is so real, I love my friends and they honestly add to the joy I feel in my MS reality!

  4. Hmm is anyone else having problems with the pictures on
    this blog loading? I’m trying to figure out if its a problem on my end or if it’s the blog. Any responses would be greatly appreciated.

    • Melvin,
      You are not alone! I just answered another comment of the same concern! Again I thank you for letting us know! I have to tell you that we are in the process of getting that fixed! Our load speed is incredibly slow and I’m confident it’s because of broken links and too many plugins!
      I wish it was done yesterday but unfortunately it will probably be another week until I get it fixed!
      ps. personally I’m not having any problem in FireFox, except for the slow load speed…

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