I love my body because….

Day 4 of Mel Wells ‘self love week’ 

Today we had to finish this: “I love my body because…”


There was a time in my life when I ‘thought’ I loved my body. 

Recently I uncovered that what I thought was loving my body, was actually denying it the care and respect she truly deserved! 
In reality, I liked being the size that I was. That was it! I didn’t listen to my body!

⏩ Fast forward 8 years, a diagnosis of MS (Multiple sclerosis) & Fibromyalgia. 

🚢>β™Ώ Then the transition from the love of walking/hiking to adopting walking sticks, crutches, a wheelchair & the funkiest mobility scooter ever! And everything has changed, for the better!… I am happier now than I thought possible!

πŸ’š I was so lucky at the end of last year, continuing this year, to be a case study for my friend & yoga teacher Louise Aviles whilst she studied for her Health coaching qualification. (find Louise on Instagram: @louiseavilesyoga)



During this time, I learnt what loving my body really means! I learnt that having a thin waist, and being a size 10 isn’t actually the ONLY reasons to love your body! 

When I questioned my habits that I had when I was 6 dress sizes smaller, they definitely weren’t those that someone would have if they truly loved their amazing body


So… Why do I love my body? Haven’t you paid attention? She’s amazing! 

Everything that I’ve put her through! I haven’t been the kindest to her over the 36 years we’ve been together! 
She’s been starved, I’ve force fed her, self harmed, pushed her beyond capability, ignored her when she’s been screaming at me & she’s given me nothing but unconditional love in return!
She has enough to deal with because of how my MS affects her, so I learned new behaviours, new habits. And now I do my best to show her daily how much I love her! 

All the areas that I used to be negative about on a daily basis, I now focus on telling her why I love them!
I LOVE…
πŸ’ͺ – My shoulders: they’re strong & able to help carry my body using crutches when my legs are to tired.
πŸ™† – My upper arms: they have the strength to enable me to enjoy different exercises


πŸ™ – My wrists: they’re strong for my Yoga & Pilates practice

πŸ‘± – My beautiful face: its unique to me!
πŸ‘™ – My chest: its where the most loyal part of me lives, my heart!

πŸ™‹ – My skin: keeps me together, stretch’s, twists & turns when needed!

πŸ˜† – My smile: it always tells the truth!

γ€° – My stretch marks: they are the marks of my amazing and beautiful journey of my life!

I ❀ ALL OF ME BECAUSE EVERY PART OF ME HAS A STORY TO TELL! 

Thank you for reading this part of my wonderful journey! 
Love yourself for everything that you are, never for what someone thinks you should be! πŸ™

26th July 2017 Oxygen Therapy #16

The intensive Oxygen therapy course I started on June 20th 2017 is finally finished! 
I attended my last intensive session today & I’m so proud of myself! 16 sessions of oxygen, driving myself there and back, making sure I’m there on time & only missing one session – I got the time wrong! Overcoming not only my anxiety of new places & people – also driving to places I am unfamiliar with – and overcoming the anxiety of being locked in a small metal tank! 
Dang, I did sooooo good! I feel like a new woman just from beating all that anxiety! And that’s before I tell you how the oxygen has helped my MS and my Fibromyalgia! 

Ill talk more about how it has helped me in my next blog!

First I want to thank every single one of you that donated money towards my oxygen mask! 

This really is going to make sitting in the oxygen chamber much more comfortable for me!

Styled in the video below! And for reference, I didn’t do my usual & discombobulate the mask, watch the video, it will make sense! 

The mask is fine! All pieces are there as should be! No mask was harmed in the unscrewing of pipes after my oxygen session today! πŸ™ˆ
In fact, the mask is better than fine! Its perfect & fits every time I wear it! I know I only collected it today, I have however, tried it on several times! Would you expect any different from me! πŸ˜‚
As always, questions & comments are welcome! 


Vix ❀

Photo is my own
Massive thanks to all that donated to help me get my own mask!

Pipes screw on either side of the mask. One side Oxygen in & other side air out

Pipes screw on either side of the mask. One side Oxygen in & other side air out

25th July 2017 Oxygen Therapy #15

Wow! Nearly nearly nearly done it! 

Number 15 of 16 intensive oxygen therapy sessions was today! I’ve so got this! Quite look forward to it now if I’m honest! I think its the ‘me’ time I look forward to, and it’s lovely to be able to get out and see different like minded people!

I had a chat with one of the ladies who is there having oxygen therapy for cancer. She is absolutely incredible! Totally inspiring! Infact, she was talking to me today, about how she has changed her diet to help her feel better! 
I explained to her that I had just bought a book, called ‘The Wahls Protocol’ all about how changing your diet can help MS symptoms! 

This is my next book to read! And I finished my current book today, so what good timing was that! πŸ‘
When I go for my session tomorrow, I shall be purchasing my new mask! 

Thanks to everyone who very generously donated to my ‘Go fund me’ page. Not only am I able to buy my own mask, I will also donate the reminding money to Mercia MS Therapy Centre, the fundraising manager has said that for every Β£45 raised I can have one treatment, whether it be for Oxygen Therapy or any from below…
Well done to Kerrie-Ann today for getting fitting of my mask perfect today! Gold star! ⭐

Treatments offered at Mercia MS Therapy Centre, Coventry, UK
Photo taken from outside Mercia MS Therapy Centre, Coventry, UK
Me after session 15 Oxygen Therapy

20th July 2017 Oxygen Therapy #14

I’m so happy! I’ve just been for my 14th session in my intensive oxygen therapy.
Whilst I was at the centre, I spoke to Mandy the fundraising manager, about raising funds for my oxygen mask. I explained that, because I had already raised enough money for my oxygen mask, I wanted to donate the rest to the therapy centre.
Mandy explained to me that for every Β£45 that I raise (over the cost of my mask) I could have one oxygen treatment or any other that they offer there!
So, if people keep donating for this amazing cause, you will also be helping me to continue having treatment!

Thank you again, keep sharing this & lets see how much we can raise!
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Help me raise more funds for Mercia MS Therapy Centre
Vix

 

 

I’m pushing past my goal!Β 

I’m amazed at all your generosity! Thank you all so much for donating.
Because of how quickly donations have come in, I have now made the decision, to donate any money raised OVER the amount needed for my oxygen mask, to Mercia MS Therapy Centre (Kerri-Anne Browne), where I have been having my Oxygen therapy.
The centre is only able to run because of the generosity of the public and their donations. 
Thank you so much! Vix
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The Power of Oxygen
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Go Fund Me, can u help me get my own oxygen mask?

Ok everyone! I finally did it! I stopped being proud and am asking for your help! 

I have created a ‘Go fund me page’ to help me purchase my own Oxygen mask for when I go to have Oxygen Therapy! 
‘THE POWER OF OXYGEN’
https://www.gofundme.com/the-power-of-oxygen 

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19th July 2017 Oxygen Therapy #13

Another day with a body full of pure oxygen! 

Its such a lovely and novel feeling when the ‘Cog-Fog’ part of my MS fatigue lifts! I really hope that I get this same benefit, when I start my Oxygen Therapy once a week. 


Amanda who hasn’t long finished her intensive course, now comes once a week to help her MS symptoms. She wasn’t there last Wednesday & when I asked if she was finding the treatment beneficial, she said that she definitely was & really noticed the difference when she missed last weeks session. 


I’m keeping everything crossed that I’ll benefit from just once a week as well! Time will tell as I only have one session left this week & two next week. Then I plan on returning once a week!