Monday, January 27, 2014

The Cure to Drug Induced Hair Loss Can Be Found in the Vitamin Aisle

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At this time I am taking 16 prescription drugs for my MS and the complications that come with it. I suffer a wide range of side effects from them, but in my opinion the worst one is the massive hair loss. My hair comes out in bunches when I wash it, comb it, change clothes, even when the wind blows. It wasn't until I had lost almost all of it 3 years ago, that my neurologist let me in on a little secret - zinc. It stops hair loss from medication, I have know idea why, I just know it works!

When most of my hair fell out, I lost it. Everyone kept telling me, "It's just hair, it's no big deal." Well, I'm sorry. MS already took my legs, put me in diapers and I was only in my early thirties. Now it was taking my hair! Call me insecure, but I have a fat face, wear glasses and have at least 6 moles on my head. This is not a chick that would look cute bald. So as mass depression was setting in, I had a regular check-up with my doc and that's when he dropped his little bomb on me. One bottle of zinc and a week later, no more fall out!

Just pick up a bottle of zinc tablets in the vitamin and supplement aisle and take them as directed. I've been taking zinc for over 3 years now and have a full head of healthy, shiny hair. This did come with one unexpected condition for me however, since the day I was born my hair has been straight as a board, till it all fell out. Then I started taking the zinc and it grew back curly. Again I have no idea why this happened, but as a chick who always wasted money on perms that fell out - I was thrilled! I bought a flat iron! 

Three years ago I was on the verge of buying a wig when I discovered the answer to my prayers in the vitamin aisle. I know some people say it's just hair, but when you've already lost so much of yourself to your disease, sometimes it's really important to keep every little bit you can!

This information is meant to be informative and should never be used as medical advice. Always consult your physician before starting a new medication, even supplements.   

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Potholes - What Do Others' Fashion Take On Us Say?

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This is one of the shirts my mom got for me Christmas. When I opened it, the first thing she said was "I looked at this and it just screamed YOU!" I replied, "What that I am a Cougar?" She said, "No, you're wild." Please. Meanwhile, my younger brother, who was busy helping my son break in the Nerf arsenal he received, instantly got excited and shouted, "Put on the cougar shirt and we'll form a hunting party!"

This got me thinking my mom has known me for 35 years, she bought me a leopard print shirt with a gold bar. I've never worn animal print anything and only wear silver accessories, I make my own jewelry for goodness sake! What do other people's fashion assessments of myself say about me, especially those who should know me best? What do you think?  

Monday, November 25, 2013

Primary Progressive vs. Relative Remission MS

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For those of you just tuning into our story, you should know I have Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis, a loving husband who stays home to take care of me and 2 kids. Seven years ago MS put me in a wheelchair, which  brings anywhere from the mildest glances to the bluntest, "Did you have a wreck or something?" As I'm 34 and have 2 teens, I guess this is the only conclusion people can come to. But nowadays even after I explain I have MS, people are still confused by the chair, because so many people have friends that have MS. What people don't understand is that there are different types of MS and that every case is individual to each patient. 

First, let me explain briefly and simply what MS is. 

MS occurs when the body's immune system eats away the tissue called myelin, surrounding the nerves in the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves. After the myelin is destroyed scar tissue forms called lesions and nerve messages are mis-communicated. The best analogy I have heard so far is an electrical cord if you are to nick or strip the rubber coating of that cord it will short out.

Next, the difference between MS types are quite different. This is the cause for everyone's confusion over why I'm in a wheelchair due to MS, because anymore almost everyone knows someone who has it. I have Primary Progressive MS, which never goes into remission and is constantly getting more aggressive. On the other hand, my daughter's friend Susie's Mom has Relative Remitting MS, where her symptoms will flare up and then she will stabilize again for a matter of days, months or years, all depending on her body. This is why it is much easier for patients with Relative Remitting MS to work and be more active, Primary Progressive MS is usually not diagnosed until the senior years either. Mostly, what I know for sure is that MS is 100% individualized per patient. 

All information above is not intended for medical advice, therefore you should consult your doctor or neurologist if you have questions about Multiple Sclerosis.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Fight or Flight or Pills or Pen

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Hello Blogosphere-

I'm back! I'm afraid it's not quite the comeback I had in mind, you see, I had this triumphant, head held high, bugles blowing type of return. Instead, it was a world crumbling, tearful, fetal position moment of defeat that brought me back. But that's okay. We're human, we're built to fail and to get defeated and to get up and march right on. So here I am, marching or typing on.

Last night, for the first time in 7 years I let my MS beat me. I'm not asking for pity here but if anyone out there hears this listen. I have fought a very a hard fight, especially for the last 2 years and have never came close to giving up till last night. I didn't do anything, didn't hurt myself, but just to seriously consider it for long enough to make me pause, because I was so tired of fighting and that I thought the uselessness of me and my situation, was enough to make me stop and open my eyes.

I've struggled with depression throughout my MS, you don't have chronic pain or a terminal illness without it, but this was different. I've always fought my through it, this time I didn't feel like I didn't want to, but instead of picking up those pills, I picked up a pen. So, maybe I'll have to build this blog back up from nothing, but if the choice is pills or pen, I will keep picking the pen!

Yours always-


Thursday, December 20, 2012

Holiday Gift Guide - System Mechanic 11 Giveaway

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Recently I had the opportunity to review System Mechanic 11, a truly great toolbox for your computer from iolo technologies.

You can check out my review here. Thanks to the generous folks at iolo, I have a System Mechanic for one lucky winner! Just follow the directions below to enter!

Holiday Gift Guide - New Softsoap Scentsations Wintermint Wonderland and Enchanting Sugar Plum Review

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Whether you are crossing a name off your gift list or gearing up for a holiday party, with Softsoap’s two new limited edition holiday themed body washes you can embrace the magic of the winter season and keep skin radiant and glowing at the same time. New Softsoap Scentsations Wintermint Wonderland and Enchanting Sugar Plum body washes fill your shower with your favorite seasonal scents and conjure up images of a winter wonderland. Added bonus? These moisture rich formulas will keep your skin hydrated throughout the cool winter months.

The scents of these new body washes are just amazing. Opening the Wintermint Wonderland is like opening a bottle of candy canes. The Enchanting Sugar Plum has a soft, sweet scent that is just a bit intoxicating in a very good way. So this holiday season give yourself and everyone on your list the gift of luxurious skin from the new Softsoap Scentsations Wintermint Wonderland and Enchanting Sugar Plum body washes.


I received one or more of the products mentioned above for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own or those of my immediate family. My firm policy is to only reccomend products or services I use personally and believe will benefit my readers.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Holiday Gift Guide - System Mechanic Reveiw

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"Used and recommended by the world's leading technical authorities and consistently ranked as best in class by independent labs worldwide, iolo technologies, LLC products have benefitted nearly 40 million users worldwide and received hundreds of awards from industry analysts and media."
I've had my laptop since 2009 and daily use over three years can slow even the most advanced machines down. Then there is our kids' computer, even though we use parental controls and anti-malware, they still seem to bog it down with "clutter". No matter how often I have run the built in system tools, both machines still got slower and slower.

System Mechanic 11 from iolo Labs

System Mechanic 11 from iolo Labs is a 'toolbox' full of  components to unclutter, protect and optimize your home computers. It is compatible with  Microsoft Windows® 8, 7, Vista, or XP and with the Whole Home Licensing, you can use it on as many computers as you own!  Among many more, it's abilities are:

Boosts Speed
  • Automatically accelerate PC startup, internet speed, program operation and gaming performance.
Repairs Problems
  • Diagnose & fix over 30,000 different PC problems using intelligent live updates from iolo Labs™. 
Cleans-up & Protects Privacy
  • Remove over 50 types of junk files, and wipe sensitive internet and chat history for a cleaner, faster PC.
Plugs Security Holes
  • Block dangerous program, system changes and faulty settings.

I was given the opportunity to try System Mechanic 11 from iolo Labs, LLC.  We have been using the program for a couple of  months now and the results have been great. Both of our laptops are operating at high speed again, and it appears to me, that the longer we use it, the better our machines run. There are so many tools available, I can use an all-in-one tool or choose to fix an individual problem. I especially like the CRUDD Remover™, Designated Drivers™, and NetBooster™.

This program would make a great gift, from 'techno-sophisticated' to the 'techcno-challenged' on your list. Thanks to System Mechanic 11, my laptop is humming along at top speed and my online Christmas shopping list is quickly becoming a ghost of Christmas past.

Connecting with iolo Labs:

Gift it: System Mechanic 11 is available directly from for $39.95 or from major retailers, such as Wal-Mart, Best Buy, and Staples.

I received a sample{s} and/or gift certificates by the company mentioned above, or the PR agency representing said company to facilitate review . All opinions are my own or those of my immediate family and are not influenced by any form of compensation. My firm policy is to only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will benefit my readers.