June 2, 2021
In this episode, I'm speaking to renowned neurologist, Dr. Mitzi Joi Williams of Atlanta, Georgia, regarding the increasingly popular mode of medical communication called telemedicine. At no other time in the history of medicine has this option to communicate with our health care professionals been more important. In addition to a behind the scenes look at telemedicine, we discuss the many advantages of this mode of communication and what we can expect in the future. This interview is # 3 of 4 from the MS Gym's Thrive Summit, previously available only to Summit attendees. I'm excited to be able to share this exclusive info with all of you.
- What is telemedicine?
- Video assessment
- Who is the perfect candidate for telemedicine?
- What are physicians loving about telemedicine
- Who telemedicine is NOT for
- Telemedicine and insurance billing/reimbursement
- Will telemedicine become the norm?
- How to give a neurologic exam online
- HIPPA in the age of online medicine
- Ensuring online security
- Interstate access to doctors
- Prescribing medications
- Top 3 advantages of telemedicine versus in-person appointments
- Telemedicine is not only for during a pandemic
- The future of telemedicine for doctors and patients
DR. MITZI JOI WILLIAMS
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Mitzi: Joi Life Wellness Group
For more information on Dr. Mitzi, visit her personal website, to book her as a speaker, purchase her books, or read her blog, at https://drmitzijoimd.com/
THE MS GYM
May 19, 2021
Join us today as we delve into the life of one of our international MS Gym family members, all the way from Ireland.
Learn how Denise:
- Was diagnosed with MS
- Coped with various MS medications
- Underwent a month long hospital stay due to a relapse
- Decided to travel to Russia to undergo HSCT
- Recovered from treatment during the onset of Covid lockdowns
- Found The MS Gym
- Learned to "trust the process"
- Achieved incredible walking victories through consistent effort & belief
Motivation Monday: If you can walk 3 steps...You can walk 30
May 5, 2021
I'm excited to share that I've been given permission to release yet another exclusive interview from last summer's Thrive Summit that was previously only available to the MS Gym membership. The topic of discussion is ANXIETY which can become a very real component of living with an unpredictable disease.
From identifying the differences between dealing with true anxiety or just being an overthinker, to the techniques and therapies used to treat anxiety, Dr. Miriam Franco breaks it all down for us in a way that makes it easier to digest. Whether you are currently dealing with anxiety or not, there's a lot to be learned in this episode.
- What makes having anxiety different from being a worrier or overthinker?
- The human survival response and fear
- Why zebras don't get ulcers
- Over-anticipation of the future
- Is anxiety caused by MS or is it a result of living with MS?
- Mourning temporary losses
- Not knowing where to go for help
- Building a "team" of professionals to assist
- You DO get to choose your response
- When to know it's time to seek professional help
- Interrupting the circuit of stress
- The confusion around relapses
- Relapses vs. pseudo relapses
- Effective stress reduction
- Fear of being prescribed drugs for anxiety and depression
- Distinguishing between fatigue and depression
- What is neuronal reserve?
- MS fatigue is not the same as normal fatigue
- The value of rest to offset fatigue and sustaining neuronal reserve
- What is guided imagery?
- The difference between guided imagery and meditation
- Lowering injection and MRI anxiety
- Becoming a mental ally with your MS medication
- The ImageryWork app
- Claustrophobia and MRI
- Coping with anxiety in bite-sized steps
Dr. Miriam Franco
The MS Gym
April 21, 2021
In today's episode, we chat with Annice and learn more about her own journey with MS and how:
- She was diagnosed later in life
- Love helped her overcome cancer and continues to help her live with gratitude through the challenges of MS
- Staying in the present moment has helped her overcome each day and not to be overcome by it
- She adapted the All or Something principle into her everyday life
- She finds joy doing chores
- Exercise has helped her combat fatigue and balance issues
- Her "blue man" helps her mindset
- Adopting neuroplasticity has made life better
- She found community through her Buddy Group
- She moved from being "disabled" to "differently abled"
THE MS GYM
Motivation Monday - ALL OR SOMETHING
March 24, 2021
In this week's episode, I'll be sharing my interview with neurologist, Dr. Bianca Weinstock-Guttman. She's a professor of Neurology at Buffalo University, where her expertise regarding the Epstein Barr Virus (EBV) and her collaborative research as to how EBV relates to MS is extensive and impressive.
This interview was originally recorded as part of The MS Gym's 2020 virtual Thrive Summit, which I had the honor of hosting last summer. While the rest of the world was on lockdown, we were reaching out to experts to share their knowledge in the fields of Anxiety, Telemedicine, Diet, and in this case, the EBV/MS connection.
- Elements that contribute to EBV being a trigger to MS
- Questioning if you have MS at all
- What type of virus is EBV?
- The focus on B cells
- Can EBV remain latent?
- EBV triggers
- DMTs, immunosuppression and EBV
- Does having had mononucleosis put you at higher risk of MS?
- Mononucleosis can be silent
- Keeping our children too clean
- The role of T cells
- Mononucleosis increases risk of MS x3
- EBV reactivation
- Aging, immunosuppression and a higher risk of herpes zoster
- Is there a treatment for EBV?
Dr. Bianca Weinstock-Guttman
THE MS GYM
March 10, 2021
Join us as we delve into Trish's story and learn more about:
- Her rare neurological diagnosis
- How she found The MS Gym
- Her daily habits to improve her mindset
- How she lives with joy & laughter amidst her challenges
- Her goals and desires for the future
The MS Gym
Motivation Monday - Chemistry, Butterflies & A Rock
February 24, 2021
In this episode, I'm joined by my MS Gym Podcast co-host, Jodi Feltham.
We're going to be chatting about what happens when you become addicted to your MS. That's right. When your MS consumes your thoughts and your discomfort becomes your comfort zone.
- Getting stuck in the MS loop
- Dwelling in the moments of dread
- Doomsday thinking
- Are you aware?
- Is it easier when you're distracted
- How much can you control?
- Flexibility is a requirement
- Are you obsessing?
- How to re-route your negative thoughts
- Being present to stay grounded
- Fighting. Is it worth it?
- Negotiating with your MS
- An MS-free day
- MS is a lifetime project
- When acceptance goes sideways
- Guilty of not contributing enough
- Putting your inabilities into perspective
- Your illusion of expectations from others
- We are more than what we can physically accomplish
- Contributing behind the scenes
- You are not alone in your thoughts
- Accepting losses
- Opportunities for cultivating richer relationships
- Losing hope
- Exciting changes in The MS Gym
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