Blog, Positive Mind

The A to Z of MS

I have been thinking for a while about doing one of those challenges you see so often on social media. Something based around posting everyday and MS obviously. I put it into Google and found the A to Z Challenge website: http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/2017/02/announcing-2017-blogging-from-to-z.html  I know it was an April challenge but better late than never!! So I… Continue reading The A to Z of MS

Blog, Healthy Eating, Recipes

Lentil Ragu with Gluten-Free Pasta

This week's recipe is a yummy one! Before I changed to the Mediterranean diet, I had never eaten a lentil before in my life. Now, this is one of my favourite recipes! I cook gluten free pasta to have with this ragu which is not part of the diet recommended for MS warriors but I… Continue reading Lentil Ragu with Gluten-Free Pasta

Blog, medication

Latest Medical Appointment

So I went to see my amazing MS Nurse last week for my latest 3 month check up. I get so cross that the media in the UK constantly criticise the NHS. I know that sometimes wait times for appointments are long but having spent a lot of time going to hospital appointments in the… Continue reading Latest Medical Appointment

Blog, Healthy Eating

Potato and Lentil Soup

The response to the last recipe I posted was so good that I am going to try doing another. Today's recipe is a Potato and Lentil Soup, based on a recipe I found in Casual Cooking's 'Gluten and Dairy Free For Me' cookbook. I LOVE this recipe book. It has so many recipes in it… Continue reading Potato and Lentil Soup

Blog, Positive Mind

6 months on…

So the inevitable happened. My positive mental attitude towards my new diagnosis has slipped in the last few weeks and I have been finding the reality of it all a little difficult to deal with. Symptoms wise I am OK, no relapses since starting Copaxone injections, so I know I don't have an awful lot… Continue reading 6 months on…

Blog, Healthy Eating

Vegan Life Live Exhibtion

This weekend, I had the pleasure of exploring the Vegan Life Live exhibition at Event City, Manchester. I had never been before so I was unsure what to expect. My new MS defeating diet is not vegan, but I was hoping to pick up some ideas that were dairy-free. I was most impressed that a lot of the products on offer were also gluten-free and refined sugar-free. I was in heaven!

Blog, Positive Mind

My Big Adventure

So, I have not posted on here for a few weeks and now I can share with you why! 18 months ago, me and my 2 friends had a crazy idea that we should save up for the ultimate tourist trip to California. We wanted to do it all, Disneyland, Universal, Warner Brothers, San Francisco, the works! The planning was going well, we had got a great deal from the travel agents, even the Big Bang Theory were filming an episode while we would be there. We couldn't believe our luck. Then...you guessed it...6 months before we go, I get diagnosed with my little health niggle.

Blog, medication

The Medication Game

So, it happened. The dreaded phone call. 'Is that Sarah? We are ringing to let you know your medication will be delivered on Monday.' I was right in the middle of making lunch  *dramatic eye roll*   During the first week of January, after a few long chats with Doctors, Nurses and my family, I… Continue reading The Medication Game

Blog, Positive Mind

New Year, New Resolutions

Ah, it’s January again. How quickly it comes round. I was hoping to start the year with my diet and medication all sorted so I could view 2018 as the new ‘normal’ but that hasn’t quite happened. I have made the decision about which medication path to take and I am currently waiting for a… Continue reading New Year, New Resolutions

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My First Blog Post

Welcome to Manchester Spirit, thanks for stopping by. On the 10th of October 2017, my world fell apart. The doctor turned his computer screen around to show me the pictures of my brain MRI and said 'You have MS.' It was just like it happens in films, everything seemed to slow down. I could see the doctor was talking but I couldn't hear what he was saying. It was like I had been winded, like I couldn't breath. I just stared at him blankly. 'Do you have any questions? Is there anything you want to ask?' he prompted me. I knew as soon as I opened my mouth I would cry so I just shook my head and turned to my mum, who looked as shell shocked as I felt. I stood up to leave because I didn't know what else to do, I just knew I needed to leave. And pretend this conversation had never happened.