HOPE, ATTITUDE & NEVER GIVING UP
On Saturday past I had the privilege of speaking to over 350 people at the Living with MS conference organised by the MS SOCIETY NI in Belfast. It turned out to be a great day and its always nice whenever my talk is well received especially by my fellow MS'ers.
What I took yet again from Saturday is that there is still a real fear and lack of understanding around MS and what you should or should not be doing. Throughout my talk I noticed that the audience were listening closely to what I was saying as they were no doubt impressed by my current wellbeing and my overall recovery from MS. I continue to be quite surprised that in 2015, many MS'ers still haven't heard of the good work being carried out by Dr Terry Wahls and also the very interesting work of Dr George Jelinek. On Saturday I told the audience at the start of my talk that hopefully I would get across 3 main messages. One was a message of HOPE. I think its important to always have some hope in life, and there are many examples of people who have overcome many extraordinary obstacles, so never lose hope. Secondly I also shared an idea that with the right ATTITUDE, i personally believed that absolutely everything was possible. This is what I believe and my own recovery and journey with MS has rubber stamped this belief. My third and final message was to NEVER GIVE UP. This is the most difficult especially at times of adversity, but if you combine 1 and 2 then this makes the never giving up part more achievable.
Unfortunately over the weekend I have taken a dose of the flu. This is the last thing I need at this stage as in 12 days I will be lining up at IRONMAN. I haven't been able to train for the last few days, and Im feeling quite weak, but I am hoping that with another day or two of rest I will be back to normal.
Truthfully this past few weeks have been tough. I read a few months back that the last month pre IRONMAN is the toughest as the athletes are just trying to get to the start line in one piece. Well I concur with this now, and hopefully I will be back to normal in a few days.
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Someone said to me don't count the days make the days count. 12 days out fROm the big one, and I can't help it at this point.....I am counting the days!!!