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Letter From the Publisher, Maureen Hart Cary

December, 2016

When last I wrote I was feeling fantastic on day 10 of a 12-day detox and truly appreciating how good I felt.  And feel amazing I did!  For all of several days after that and before catching a nasty cold that kicked my butt.  Seeming to come out of nowhere, there were a few days that I was so exhausted with it I barely got out of bed. Was I discouraged, after working so hard, feeling so good doing all the right things and then to get sick like this?  Hell yeah, of course. While I know that the medicine for the MS causes me to be more susceptible to infections, and take longer to heal it also prevents me from having any MS attacks so I recognize the tradeoff, but it still stinks sometimes.  How do we keep moving forward?  Keep looking at the bright side, dusting ourselves off and being positive?

Whether it is stubbornness or tenaciousness, I’m not going to let it win.  I will persevere. I will keep trying different solutions until I find something that zaps this nasty germ that has overtaken my body. I will continue to avoid gluten, dairy and sugar because I know they may be comfort food but will only feed the cold. Even though I felt lousy with the cold, I knew I could feel worse.  I will try western medicine, natural medicine and will honor my body when it feels it needs to spend more time in rest.  I will cultivate positive thoughts, visualize myself in a healthy body and not let negativity around me drag me down.

Three weeks in, I am finally getting to the other side and can now reflect on the contrast from feeling well to feeling ill.  I can be grateful for the work I do and for the flexibility it offers, for my two cats that stayed by my side, my wonderful friends who brought me chicken soup and my husband who, from afar, spoke to me every day to offer sympathy and encouragement. Appreciating all the health I do have, that I have the tools and education to know what to do and the perseverance to keep on keeping on.

I am never going to stop striving to be healthier, any more than I will to be a better person.  To be better physically, emotionally, and spiritually, by being kinder, gentler and more accepting. Believing in my soul what Linda Secrest tells us in our feature editorial “Loving Large” when scientists confirm that we are all connected.  I am not going to change who I am at my core and will continue growing, learning being kind and open and loving.

I draw parallels from this experience for other aspects of life and I hope you will too. Sometimes life gives us a kick.  We get to choose if we will stay down or get back up and fight back against that kick.  I choose to get back up and continue to spread the word about what we all know in our hearts is right.

May there be Peace on Earth

Maureen Cary
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