Repair MS ~ Oct. 2011 Update and Alaska

It turns out that my fall last month wasn’t a broken rib just tissue damage, but man it hurt! By the time I returned from Corpus Christy, September 20th, I was already healing and it didn’t hurt to breathe. I wasn’t able to exercise until the 27th. Now it’s almost like starting from ground 0.

I’m happy that I can work out again! I am amazed that when the ribs are injured it hurts to even walk! Sit-ups and leg lifts are out of the question!

I’d like to share the beauty of Alaska with you. Here in Palmer, an hour north of Anchorage, we are surrounded by mountains.

On the South we see Pioneer Peak, the mountains I’m looking at as I drive out of the neighborhood.

On the East are what I used to be able to see from my desk when we moved into the neighborhood. Back then the cottonwood trees were only as tall as the fence, now 20 years later they are tall enough to block the view of the Lazy Mountains.

On the North is Hatcher’s Pass, a wonderful mountain range that the kids can get to in 15 minutes to snowboard and sled. Here are more beautiful pictures of Alaska.

Alaska is known for being the land of the midnight sun. In the summer, here in Palmer we have about 20 hours of light by the time we get to summer solstice June 21. In the winter we have about 20 hours of dark when we get winter solstice Dec 21.

I used to love the change of seasons. Some people have seasonal affective disorder where they become depressed because of the lack of sunlight, but I never did.

I’ve never been a snow lover like the boys in my family but I had fun playing in the snow with the kids. In the winter when we’d be hit with the infamous winds of the Matanuska Valley, I’d get into my heated garage and when I got to my indoor destination, I’d simply run into the warmth of the building!

Now that I’m moving slower, I can’t run anywhere. For the past few years, when I’ve arrived at my destination with the wind blowing, I’d get my walker out of the trunk as quickly as possible and I’d push through the gusts of wind until I’d get inside. My legs were so shocked into slowness that it practically stops me.

When I’d walk out of a building and the wind hit me in the face I’d say to those present, “And remind me WHY we live in Alaska?” I’d always get a chuckle. Last year a lady said to me, “Because my mother lives here.”

My mom moved to Corpus Christy last year.

I decided that I only have two of my 8 kids left up here, they are both seniors and if they follow their siblings footsteps, they’ll end up down in the states also! My husband retires in 4


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 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. I haven’t taken a trip to Alaska, but if ever I will have a chance I will definitely go there. I’m sure it will be rewarding experience. By the way, can you give some info on the best places to go visit in Alaska.

    • Candice,
      Goodness~ there are so many wonderful places to visit, I couldn’t even begin to suggest! My answer to EVERYTHING is to Google it! I hope you’ll be able to visit Alaska sometime!

  2. I see the beauty of Alaska on Tv…but I am freezing in Georgia so I could not handle the cold

    • Kim,
      I understand! I’ve found that after all my years in Alaska, people either Hate living in Alaska or Love it! There doesn’t seem to be many mediocre residents!

  3. i couldn’t leave without telling you how much i enjoyed this post and ALL of your posts. linda, you have such a good heart and an amazing spirit. what joy you have given me today!!!

  4. I will definitely go there. I’m sure it will be rewarding experience.Can you give some info on the best places to go visit in Alaska.

    • Jewel,
      It’s just like I told Candice, I hope you’re able to visit! Alaska is the greatest state! As far as suggesting places to visit, I couldn’t even begin to suggest! My answer to EVERYTHING is to Google it!

  5. Alaska is a perfect place to spend time with the family and recover from either mental or physical stress. I will definitely place Alaska to my must go places.

    • Julie,
      You definitely should! It’s beautiful in the summer and winter~ ‘break up’, almost in the spring when the snow starts to melt and trees aren’t yet budding is an ugly time!

  6. You can’t work anymore. It is not a news of happiness. You should work more to recover you from the injury. Now modern system can recover anyone from the severe injury. It is really awesome.

  7. Hmm…. How I wish I could go to Alaska someday. I once watched Northern Exposure when I was a kid, and I’m still fascinated of the fact that polar bears are the equivalent of raccoons in the big city, as they rummage through people’s backyards. Even Moose! How true is that?

    • Tari,
      Well, the polar bear thing isn’t true here in Palmer or Anchorage, you won’t see Polar Bear unless you’re on the North Slope, but moose on the other hand, we see they every year in our yard! Very fun, but as cute as they are, they’re very dangerous! Alaska is beautiful! If you have a chance to come up here, take it!

  8. Such a great nice it was which make a interesting. It such a thing having these beautiful scenery in the forest. Thanks for sharing this article its a great experience.

    • Michelle,
      Thanks for bringing my attention to my October 1st update! I looked at it again and I didn’t have a picture of the Valley for the opening picture! I was planning on changing that out and I forgot! I can’t wait to show the winter view on the first of December!

  9. You can definitely see your skills within the work you write. The world hopes for more passionate writers such as you who are not afraid to say how they believe. All the time go after your heart.

    • Angelica,
      Thank you, I appreciate you taking the time to tell me so. I am very grateful that I was blessed with what I have! I honestly don’t have to work at feeling compassionate, it is just what I am (I hope that doesn’t sound like I’m bragging, I’m not)!

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