diligence-problem-solving-125I pray that 2016 holds more health and strength. I pray for great strides or itty-bitty baby steps-whatever it takes.

Instead of resolutions, I have a friend who just names the year with one word. I thought that was a great idea. My word for 2016 is DILIGENCE.

Whether  improving my health or generally improving the type of human being I am, I require due diligence to see positive change..

I honestly thought the first stem cell treatment in 2010 would fix my problems instantly. I definitely felt a greater difference right out of it and that made me excited. I knew it hadn’t taken me out of my hole; just gave me a ladder, so to speak. But I felt really strong. That ended within about 4 or 5 weeks.

This treatment is different. Obviously, I feel extremely encouraged with less fatigue and way less pain. It is merely the start of a journey. I’m so thankful to have focus and hope. With due diligence, improvements can be made. No matter what the improvements are, I will feel better.

My autonomic nervous system got a reboot. My immune system has been gently woken up. The goal is to make them work properly. That requires diligence.

I continue to increase my daily water intake, my daily caloric intake, and my daily plant intake.

I am taking 400 mg of magnesium to help with muscle stiffness.

I am taking sublingual oxytocin to address underlying grief and stress (big time enemies of the immune system!)

I will be starting Biotin which, a study has shown, has great benefits for Primary Progressive MS.

I will be starting LDN (Low Dose Naltrexone) to assist in motility (nervous system communication).

I am moving more often. Exercises or merely standing every 30 minutes. I went back to walking in the pool, and I am going to walk one lap around my house on my walker every day. I do yoga every day.

Those are the biggest changes.

I am going to set a reminder on my phone every three months to remind me of my word. DILIGENCE. That will help me stay focused so the word doesn’t become AMBIVALENCE by mid-year, SLOTHINESS by Fall. Happy 2016. Here’s to being a better person on this day in 2017.

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