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The MS Gym Podcast, hosted by Brooke Slick and Jodi Feltham: For people with Multiple Sclerosis who are living life by design NOT diagnosis

The MS Gym Podcast Co-hosts: Brooke Slick & Jodi Feltham

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The MS Gym Podcast, hosted by Brooke Slick and Jodi Feltham: For people with Multiple Sclerosis who are living life by design NOT diagnosis

    ANXIETY and MS: Identifying and Understanding the Causes, Symptoms and Treatments

    ANXIETY and MS: Identifying and Understanding the Causes, Symptoms and Treatments

    I'm excited to share that I've been given permission to release yet another exclusive interview from last summer's Thrive Summit that was previously only available to the MS Gym membership. The topic of discussion is ANXIETY which can become a very real component of living with an unpredictable disease.
    From identifying the differences between dealing with true anxiety or just being an overthinker, to the techniques and therapies used to treat anxiety, Dr. Miriam Franco breaks it all down for us in a way that makes it easier to digest. Whether you are currently dealing with anxiety or not, there's a lot to be learned in this episode.
    EPISODE NOTES:
    What makes having anxiety different from being a worrier or overthinker?
    The human survival response and fear
    Why zebras don't get ulcers
    Over-anticipation of the future
    Is anxiety caused by MS or is it a result of living with MS?
    Mourning temporary losses
    Not knowing where to go for help
    Building a "team" of professionals to assist
    You DO get to choose your response
    When to know it's time to seek professional help
    Interrupting the circuit of stress
    The confusion around relapses
    Relapses vs. pseudo relapses
    Effective stress reduction
    Fear of being prescribed drugs for anxiety and depression
    Distinguishing between fatigue and depression
    What is neuronal reserve?
    MS fatigue is not the same as normal fatigue
    The value of rest to offset fatigue and sustaining neuronal reserve
    What is guided imagery?
    The difference between guided imagery and meditation
    Lowering injection and MRI anxiety
    Becoming a mental ally with your MS medication
    The ImageryWork app
    Claustrophobia and MRI
    Coping with anxiety in bite-sized steps
    LINKS:
    Dr. Miriam Franco
    ImageryWork App
    The MS Gym
    Brooke Slick

    • 56 min
    Embrace the Differently-abled YOU!

    Embrace the Differently-abled YOU!

    In today's episode, we chat with Annice and learn more about her own journey with MS and how:
    She was diagnosed later in life
    Love helped her overcome cancer and continues to help her live with gratitude through the challenges of MS
    Staying in the present moment has helped her overcome each day and not to be overcome by it
    She adapted the All or Something principle into her everyday life
    She finds joy doing chores
    Exercise has helped her combat fatigue and balance issues
    Her "blue man" helps her mindset
    Adopting neuroplasticity has made life better
    She found community through her Buddy Group
    She moved from being "disabled" to "differently abled"
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    THE MS GYM
    Motivation Monday - ALL OR SOMETHING

    • 28 min
    THE EPSTEIN BARR VIRUS - MS CONNECTION: An Interview with Dr. Bianca Weinstock-Guttman

    THE EPSTEIN BARR VIRUS - MS CONNECTION: An Interview with Dr. Bianca Weinstock-Guttman

    In this week's episode, I'll be sharing my interview with neurologist, Dr. Bianca Weinstock-Guttman. She's a professor of Neurology at Buffalo University, where her expertise regarding the Epstein Barr Virus (EBV) and her collaborative research as to how EBV relates to MS is extensive and impressive.
    This interview was originally recorded as part of The MS Gym's 2020 virtual Thrive Summit, which I had the honor of hosting last summer. While the rest of the world was on lockdown, we were reaching out to experts to share their knowledge in the fields of Anxiety, Telemedicine, Diet, and in this case, the EBV/MS connection.
    EPISODE NOTES:
    Elements that contribute to EBV being a trigger to MS
    Questioning if you have MS at all
    What type of virus is EBV?
    The focus on B cells
    Can EBV remain latent?
    EBV triggers
    DMTs, immunosuppression and EBV
    Does having had mononucleosis put you at higher risk of MS?
    Mononucleosis can be silent
    Keeping our children too clean
    The role of T cells
    Mononucleosis increases risk of MS x3
    EBV reactivation
    Aging, immunosuppression and a higher risk of herpes zoster
    Is there a treatment for EBV?
    LINKS:
    Dr. Bianca Weinstock-Guttman
    THE MS GYM
    Facebook
    Instagram
    Website
    BROOKE SLICK
    Instagram
    Website

    • 1 hr
    Mastering Your Mindset: A Journey Through Disability To Find Joy

    Mastering Your Mindset: A Journey Through Disability To Find Joy

    Join us as we delve into Trish's story and learn more about:
    Her rare neurological diagnosis
    How she found The MS Gym
    Her daily habits to improve her mindset
    How she lives with joy & laughter amidst her challenges
    Her goals and desires for the future
    Links:
    The MS Gym
    Motivation Monday - Chemistry, Butterflies & A Rock
     

    • 23 min
    ADDICTED TO MS: When Your MS Consumes Your Thoughts & Your Life

    ADDICTED TO MS: When Your MS Consumes Your Thoughts & Your Life

    In this episode, I'm joined by my MS Gym Podcast co-host, Jodi Feltham. 
    We're going to be chatting about what happens when you become addicted to your MS. That's right. When your MS consumes your thoughts and your discomfort becomes your comfort zone.
    EPISODE NOTES:
    Getting stuck in the MS loop
    Dwelling in the moments of dread
    Doomsday thinking
    Are you aware?
    Is it easier when you're distracted
    How much can you control?
    Flexibility is a requirement
    Are you obsessing?
    How to re-route your negative thoughts
    Being present to stay grounded
    Fighting. Is it worth it?
    Negotiating with your MS
    An MS-free day
    MS is a lifetime project
    When acceptance goes sideways
    Guilty of not contributing enough
    Putting your inabilities into perspective
    Your illusion of expectations from others
    We are more than what we can physically accomplish
    Contributing behind the scenes
    You are not alone in your thoughts
    Accepting losses
    Opportunities for cultivating richer relationships
    Losing hope
    Exciting changes in The MS Gym
    Links:
    The MS Gym - Website - Instagram - Facebook
    The MS Gym Podcast on Instagram
    Brooke Slick

    • 33 min
    Illness & Identity: Moving from Isolation to Inspiration

    Illness & Identity: Moving from Isolation to Inspiration

    Join me today as we here from Jenny Angus and her journey with MS and learn how she processed through issues of:
    Misdiagnosis
    Physical & cognitive challenges
    Loss of Identity & independence
    Isolation
    Pursing advocacy
    Becoming an Inspiration
    Links:
    The MS Gym Website
    Motivation Monday: If you can walk 3 Steps you can walk 30
    Nominou Activewear Website
    Nominou Facebook Jenny Angus
     
     
     

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
79 Ratings

79 Ratings

nmf09 ,

Amazing!

The 2/24/21 episode was so refreshing and helpful! It was like you were in my brain knowing how I feel about productivity and contributions. Thank you so much for your openness and sharing your experiences! —A fellow MS Gym Athlete (I love the sound of that!)

Jesw903 ,

Definitely, insightful, and entertaining

Informative and enjoyable at the same time. I found the podcast (out of boredom) but I have made it a habit to listen to them because they are encouraging and motivating!💪🏻👍🏻

Jenni4Jo ,

MS Gym

Moderators do all the talking and guest not able to interject much.

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