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
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.
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
Dr. Miriam Franco
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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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Motivation Monday - ALL OR SOMETHING
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.
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?
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
Aging, immunosuppression and a higher risk of herpes zoster
Is there a treatment for EBV?
Dr. Bianca Weinstock-Guttman
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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
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Motivation Monday - Chemistry, Butterflies & A Rock
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.
Getting stuck in the MS loop
Dwelling in the moments of dread
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
Opportunities for cultivating richer relationships
Exciting changes in The MS Gym
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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:
Physical & cognitive challenges
Loss of Identity & independence
Becoming an Inspiration
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Motivation Monday: If you can walk 3 Steps you can walk 30
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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!)
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!💪🏻👍🏻
Moderators do all the talking and guest not able to interject much.