This Summer will mark the 7th year of my MS diagnosis, and I have to tell you it has been a very interesting 7 years.  At 28 years old, I had no idea what MS was, was not interested in MS or anything to do with it, and had a bucket load of dreams and ideas of how I was going to lead my life.  I am a great man for a plan and I had a 10 year plan which I had in my head that I was confident I would stick to.  When I was wiped out with a virus in 2006 on honeymoon, all of these plans were immediately put on hold.  For the next few years, the plans were in the bin as staying alive, and working out how I was going to deal with this massive change in fortune was all that occupied my brain.  This is one lonely place and anyone who has come on bad health will immediately understand where I am coming from.

After four years of worry, bad health and desperate symptoms I slowly started to turn things around.  It was baby steps at that time, but day by day, week by week, month by month and finally year by year I was making progress.

It is vitally important that all of us take better care of our bodies.  Most people (me included) take their health for granted until something happens, and then most will react.  My advice is to look after your wellbeing whether you suffer from illness or not as if you don't you are inviting trouble.

It is important that all of us empower and encourage wellbeing amongst our friends and families.  Its important we all encourage one another to look after our health and to pay more respect to our bodies.  Illness is rife currently and it would appear that it is becoming more and more common.  The one way to fight illness is to have a healthy diet and exercise program which will give your body a good platform to work from.

So empower wellbeing, both spiritually, mentally and physically and you will see the benefits starting to occur across all aspects of your life.

Tomorrow morning I am out for a 5 mile run at 7am in Belfast in preparation for the 2014 London marathon.  If you had have told me I would be doing this 10 years ago at the age of 36 I would have said you were mad.  Why did it take a MS diagnosis for me to get my ass in gear and start leading a healthy lifestyle? The reason is I like many others was addicted to the comfort zone and took most things for granted.

Thankfully I am in a different place today and looking forward to the many challenges that lie ahead throughout the rest of the year.

Look after yourself! #LifeChanges

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