As a Multiple Sclerosis patient, it has become necessary for me to reinvent myself. I have ... and continue to ... refuse to lie down and die, or in this case, follow the normally prescribed drugs and treatments that do nothing to defeat my disease. I am not only surviving by pursuing alternatives, I am thriving. I do the things specialists told me I would never be able to do. I walk and hope to one day even run regularly. I retain my cognitive and creative abilities for the pleasure of my readers. Although you may never see me on my daily walk, you are welcome to read my novel(s) and in doing so, come to ask yourself, "How can the 'out of the box' protocol she has followed, help my loved one with an autoimmune disease like Multiple Sclerosis?"

We all have a different 100%

We all have a different 100%. We each have different emotional and physical limitations. This means that the 100% you can give because you have a chronic illness will look much different than the 100% another woman can give whose challenge is not chronic illness. Every scenario in life has both a negative side and a positive side. We progress faster when we focus on the positive and minimize the negative. So, please remember that whatever you can contribute is still valuable. All contributions are never equal but they are all equally important.

We often forget that the temple's purpose is to also serve the needs of the living. We tend to focus on work for the dead after we have done our own endowments. But, there are times when we, the living need to communicate more closely with the Lord -- then it is totally appropriate to dress in our temple clothing, forgo any work for the dead and sit in the Celestial Room read the scriptures, pray, ponder and listen for the Lord's answers. In doing this I have been able to heal from a deep emotional hurt and truly move forward unencumbered.
-Cathy Duigiud
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