There’s More to Life Than MS

Karen O’Shea
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Karen O’Shea

As a person with multiple sclerosis, life sometimes feels like an endless cycle of doctors appointments, collecting medication from the pharmacy and managing fatigue. When these things begin to weigh me down, I try to make it a habit to do fun things that distract me- whether this is singing out loud in the car, heading to the nearest museum, or getting out in the fresh air. Whatever works right?

Activities outside the house do not have to be expensive, and often there are things you can do for free! The most important thing to keep in mind is to always look at listings in your local area and beyond to see what activities exist. Quite often upcoming museum exhibitions may even offer free entry!

Camping

If you are like me and love the great outdoors camping is for you. In fact, it is our family’s favourite activity! Through my extensive campsite research, I have found that there are plenty of campsites out there that are wheelchair accessible and have excellent facilities. I would also suggest bringing a good air mattress. Trust me your back will thank you for it! Another way to find out more information about facilities and activities is to ask those around you. You’d be surprised what tips you pick up along the way! One of the main reasons I love camping is meeting all kinds of new people. It is a relatively inexpensive activity and the fresh air you are breathing in is free. What’s not to like! It has given me a new lease on life, and as a person with MS, I think that trying new things is great for your emotional well-being. Now that I have been bitten by the camping bug there’s no stopping me!

Cycling

Another fun activity for those looking to get outside of their comfort zone is cycling. If you cannot cycle a bike you can even use electric bikes that do not require peddling! As of late, wheelchair bikes have become popular in many countries around the world, and they can be used so that the whole family can take part. I admit that at first I was afraid to get on the bike but now there’s no stopping me! I even found that it has actually improved my balance!

Picnics

Grab your basket because picnics with your friends and family are another great and inexpensive way to catch up and spend quality time together. There are plenty of beautiful parks to choose from and getting out in the fresh air can be very invigorating. It’s also a great place for the younger members of the family to burn off some energy. I find it helpful to also take the time to find out what friends and family have been up to – MS doesn’t always have to be the topic of conversation. You can really use the time to relax, unwind and be with the ones you love.

If camping or cycling is not your thing and you would rather enjoy the comfort of a hotel, there are plenty of hotel comparison sites that will give you a wide variety of inexpensive options. You can even book one with a swimming pool and gym if you feel like burning some calories. If that’s not your thing, why not indulge in a massage or a facial at a hotel with a spa? It‘s nice to pamper yourself every now and again.

Although MS is inevitably a part of your life, it doesn’t have to be all of it. Get out there and live life – the possibilities are endless!

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