For years I bought into the advice of the established medical community when it came to treating my multiple sclerosis symptoms.  Every couple of years a new drug would come to market with more benefits and supposedly fewer side effects.  Some worked well and others didn’t.  Each time though there was a shock to my system as my body adjusted.

I knew there had to be a better way to live.  That’s when I started doing research into alternative methods of treating MS symptoms.  One thing that immediately popped up was an alternative diet called the Paleo Diet.

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Besides being physically and mentally debilitating, multiple sclerosis is also a significant financial burden.  In years past it was relatively easy to find coverage that helps to offset all of these costs. There were a variety of insurance plans from a number of national providers that were tailored to those with MS.

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In the early stages of learning that you have a life threatening disease it can be difficult see beyond the dark cloud that often descends upon us.  The sooner you can break this spell of depression the better your life will be.

One of my biggest passions in life has always been travel.  The feeling of visiting a place for the very first time is something to which I quickly became addicted.

My first experience abroad was to Italy in 1998.  Every day was spent exploring the hilltop towns of Tuscany.  But the best part was waking up early and ‘living’ amongst the locals as they went about their morning routines.

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When you suffer from any type of disease the best thing that you could do for your morale is to continue on with your daily life.

I spend plenty of time at home and I like to be hands on with the cleaning chores. However, being this independed can sometimes result in severe pain when you suffer from multiple sclerosis, especially when your house is as big as mine!

I was recently told by a close friend that I should have a water softener system installed as it would make cleaning easier and quicker. After taking action and buying and installing a salt-based system, I noticed that my friend was indeed correct! Cleaning has become a joy rather than a chore and in this post I will reveal why.

The water which is supplied to our homes allows us to clean whenever we feel  it’s necessary, and depending on the type of water you’re provided with, cleaning tasks may be easier or harder to complete.  You will either have treated water or untreated water running through your pipes, and when it comes to cleaning – using treated water is more advantageous.  Most of the water supply comes into our homes as hard water and for this reason owning a water softener system is more of a necessity rather than a desire.

Ive been documenting some of the changes that i’ve noticed since having a water softener installed:

Soap curd is no longer present – Lets be honest: the use of soaps and detergents cannot be avoided during the cleaning process, but why are we always left with those frustrating soap curds?

Hard water forms soap curd (also known as soap scum) which leaves an ugly mark on surfaces that hold dirt. The objective of cleaning is to ensure that dirt is eliminated and the surfaces remain spotless, so less soap curds mean a cleaner house.

Once a system is softening your water effectively you will notice that soap curds are all but a distant memory of the past!

Preservation of washing equipment – Hard water is full of minerals which corrode fabrics and other common items used for cleaning such as sponges and cloth wipes. Cleaning with corroded equipment takes three times as long and leaves you with an imperfect clean.

Now that Im using soft water to clean, my cleaning equipment seems to be doing a better job and lasting much longer!

Fabric color does not fade – The essence of cleaning is that you leave the white as white can be, and the fabric feeling soft and flexible. This can only be achieved with soft water as hard water minerals tend to stain fabrics and bleed out colours prematurely.


Soft water seems to be taking great care of my fabrics and colors so far.

 ‘Lather’ when cleaning – As I mentioned earlier, soft water reduces lime scale and without lime scale soap is able to form a nice lather easily during cleaning. Soap lather in cleaning water dramatically speeds up the cleaning process and leaves you with a more satisfying clean. Additionally, you will  notice that you will use less of your detergents and soaps while cleaning with soft water compared with hard water.

Cleaner silverware and glassware – The best approach to cleaning silverware and glassware is by using treated water: it rinses off without leaving any dull spots or water marks that are noticeable from a distance. When you use soft water, your dishes are left sparkling and shining like the day you bought them.

As you can see, i’ve been thoroughly enjoying the benefits of my newly installed water softener and cleaning has become faster and more satisfying than it once was. Since my water hardness is extremely high, the plumber recommended a salt-based system, as they are the most effective water softener systems on the market. In finding the right system for me, I visited an online hub called the Water Softener Critic, browsed through some online water softener reviews and had it delivered and installed within a week.

I usually correspond with my sister in Connecticut about once or twice a month, either by phone or by Skype, and we often trade gossip, recipes, and family news. I love to hear her news as it reminds me that life goes on despite my illness, and I was particularly delighted to hear during our last conversation that her two sons, my nephews, have both acquired new jobs.

Davey, the youngest, just finished his electrician’s course and apparently the teacher of the class was so impressed by him that he got his previous construction company to hire him on. I didn’t know much about the job, so I actually phoned Davey to congratulate him and he told me all about it – apparently he works on lots of different projects, both in terms of new buildings and renovations of older preexisting buildings.

Right now he says he is working on a new elementary school nearby, and it sounds like he really enjoys the job. He says that a lot of his work now involves checking the requirements and guidelines of older buildings – fifty to a hundred years ago, many of the safety implements we have now to prevent fires and discharges didn’t exist, so he gets to visit a lot of older homes in the city to check the wiring and replace them. I know his previous job was in retail, so he really appreciates the ability to travel and every job is different and involves a lot of problem solving.

A safe job choice

I was a bit worried about him at first – I know what it likes to be electrocuted, and I had a terrible premonition, but he told me that his job is actually very safe. There is a lot of new training and tools they use to check voltages and wattage, so there is no risk of danger. It was a pleasure to hear the excitement in his voice, and I hope he continues to excel at it!

My other nephew George works as a dialysis technician. Many people end up having trouble with their kidneys, either from injury or from illness, and as a result their kidneys can no longer filter and clean their blood. Instead, many of them go to a dialysis clinic or a hospital where a dialysis machine helps to clean their blood in place of the kidneys. It sounds like a really interesting career choice, and he’s managed to find full-time employment at a small clinic near his apartment. It sounds like an interesting job, and pretty easy, but also one which affects the lives of others in a really positive way, so I’m very proud of him. I don’t know how much dialysis technicians make, but I think that one nephew will now be earning slightly more than the other – Davey says that there is no end to the number of houses and available contracts, so he should be able to make as much money as he wants. As for George, his job is much more stable relatively speaking, but the wage is slightly lower.

I had my first Multiple Sclerosis (MS) episode back in 2005 (the harsh formal diagnosis would soon come later). Naturally, I can always remember it going well.

I remember working long hours that always made me feel overwhelmed, stressed, tired, and depressed. We were just having a new business phone service put in at the office due to our original one being taken out by the hurricanes that year. So that was another thing I had to deal with. Little did I know after all these hurricanes, my body was also dealing with its own storm.

I decided that I needed to take some time off so my partner and I set off to Canada for a week. When I woke up on the first day of our vacation I had numbness in my feet and a few parts on my legs. I felt frozen in bed. I didn’t know what was wrong.

I decided to visit a local doctor in my hometown when we returned from our short break, to see if she could work out what was going on. She was extremely blunt and honest. ‘This could be just a slipped disc or even multiple sclerosis. You need to see a neurologist‘.

Was she crazy? I thought. MS? Isn’t that a disease that puts a person in a wheelchair? Distressed, I took her advice. I quickly booked an appointment and headed out to see a neurologist who offered me a very unpleasant spinal tap. It seemed that I had lesions on both my spine and brain. The spinal tap fluid had shown the protein that neurologists look for in MS patients.

The neurologist put me on a course of steroids to help with my numbness and tingling. He told me it was highly likely that I had multiple sclerosis. An unpredictable, incurable, chronic and possibly disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system and interrupts the stream of information in the brain and from the brain to the body.

I was at the age where most women who have this disease have already been diagnosed. The fact I have now ended up with it is a mystery, and still is. Since being diagnosed, I tried to discover more people to talk to who were also living with MS, like me. It seemed to be the one thing that really kept me going.

Later in 2007, I had now been formally diagnosed after a few mild exacerbations, I soon decided that I wanted to discuss my diagnosis to others and help other people like me who unfortunately had this disease. It was never been my aim to be the poster girl for Multiple Sclerosis, but I the desire to be someone who can help and assist others in identify, and living with the disease.

Nowadays. I’m very happily married and have two beautiful girls. I’ve recently been working full time for the same company now for over a decade. We did eventually get that phone line installed!

I am not lying when I tell you that I’m the happiest I’ve been in so long. I believe a certain part as to why I am so happy is that I quickly learnt almost 10 years ago that life can change so rapidly and without warning.

True, I live with MS. There are constant ongoing reminders that my little immune system isn’t the best, and I know that the illness is unpredictable and can strike at any time. I don’t want others to pity me or feel sorry for me. If I put a face on an illness which can help others who are unfortunately diagnosed too, then my willingness to discuss this disease is all worthwhile.

A traditional dinner date is thought of as a couple meeting for dinner to get to know one another in a romantic atmosphere. Though this may be accurate in some cases, in others, it’s not. The dinner date can come in many forms, requiring different modes of dress or choices of fashion. The atmosphere, time of the date, and company, if any, will factor into the equation when choosing what to wear. Whether it’s a first date, the fiftieth date, or the dreaded blind date, making the right fashion choice is imperative to the date’s success. Begin with the basics:

Be Comfortable

New clothing or shoes may be exciting initially, but the reality of new items means they haven’t been worn enough to be broken in, or to determine what idiosyncrasies the clothes may have. Dress in clothes that are familiar and comfortable. Choose clothes that fit well with shirts that don’t ride up, pants with waistbands that don’t dig into the stomach, and shoes that are sufficiently broken in and won’t pinch the feet.

The outfits should be easy to move around in, not something that should plague your thoughts with potential wardrobe malfunctions, and leave your hands free, because the need to fiddle and smooth the clothing is not present.

Pool Resources

Ask friends for advice on what to wear and don’t be afraid to borrow clothes from friends, providing whatever borrowed fits well and is in good shape. A good friend to handhold through nerves can be a lifesaver, and it’s always a good idea to enlist someone else’s opinion about the fit outfit.

Prepare Mentally

Try to relax and make time for yourself before a big date. This may not apply to a couple that has dated a long while, but an out-of-the-ordinary formal dinner may warrant some extra self-pampering. Treat yourself to a manicure, pedicure, facial, or massage to combat stress.

Try Not To Look Like Someone Else

Looking good does not mean looking like a stranger. Go easy on the make-up and hair. Let who you are shine through.


A casual dinner date is the most common type of date encountered. It is important that “casual” does not mean sloppy. A person can be casually dressed and still appear put together. Jeans that fit well, paired with a casual shirt (not a t-shirt), and a pair of flats should suit the occasion perfectly.


Some dinner dates maybe include a family get-together. This could be an informal meal at a home or a group outing to a restaurant. Either way, a few rules should always apply:

No Cleavage

This is especially true around the mother of your date. Keep it classy and covered.

Don’t Overdo It

The want to leave a good impression on your date’s family is natural, but do not drag out your most expensive jewelry, most elaborate hairstyle, or prettiest dress. Make the outfit appropriate to the occasion, not beyond it.

Soften The Look

Wear light colors, use a make-up judiciously, and don’t make your hair look severe or over styled. You want to look approachable, not like someone’s boss.


A dressy restaurant date doesn’t require you to wear a dress, but a cocktail dress would work in this instance. A pair of nice slacks and a blouse will suffice. Accessories can certainly make an outfit in this type of setting. High heels are also not necessary. Dressy flats are quite easy to find nowadays. Just be sure to coordinate properly.


“If a dinner is formal, usually a gown in required. Dark colors or white would most likely be the best color choices in this scenario. Make sure the gown is the right size, the length is manageable so tripping won’t be a problem, and, if you must buy new shoes, break them in before the big dinner! There is nothing worse than limping around with sore feed!”Kezia Noble Dating and Relationship Expert

There are certain tips that I would like to recommend to get your boyfriend to get rid of those ugly jeans and ragged t-shirts.  You may get some resistance from your boyfriend, but in the end there are some tips that will help.  Let’s face it, you want to be seen with someone that pays attention to details and looks somewhat put together before you take them over to meet the parents on a weekend trip.  I have put together 5 tips you can follow to help.

1. Try to Understand Your Boyfriend’s Point of View and What He Finds Fashionable

There might be some logic in your boyfriend’s head that gives him reason to purchase the clothing that he does.  In a man’s mind you will find that he dresses from a standpoint of wearing comfortable clothing.  What men may not understand is that they can have comfort and style at the same time.  All men have different body types, so you want to make sure you get clothing that will fit correctly and that he will be comfortable in them.  There is always a balance and you want to ease him into the new clothing.  Turning him on to a men’s website that offer reviews on clothing may help the process!

2. Get a Couple Pieces of Clothing to Warm Him Up

More than likely your boyfriend will not have a desire to change over night so a light nudge will be needed.  Surprising him with a couple items of clothing that you thought he might like is a great idea.  Another great idea is when you are shopping, have him try something on to see how much he likes it.  If it looks good, show positive reinforcement and show him you like it with a kiss.

3. Encourage your Boyfriend with the New Clothing

Once he has tried on the clothing you have selected for him, it is time to offer encouragement.  Tell him how much you love the new outfit and how handsome he looks with the outfit on.  Most men love to please their woman and also look good at the same time.  Make this a win win situation!

4. Time to Take Him to a Place Where He Will Need to Dress Up

Is a special occasion coming up, like an anniversary or party?  If so, let him know in advance that the party you are attending will require dressing up.  If he is struggling, help him put together the outfit but don’t do it for him so he can figure out what looks good together.  Once he has the outfit on compliment him which will help boost his confidence while around friends.  Others will notice his new outfit and compliment him as well which will inspire new actions in the future.

5. Time to Clean Out the Closet Slowly

You don’t want to get rid of his favorite jeans that may have special memories attached to them.  A good first step is going through his closet with him and donating clothing that may be too small or that you have never seen him wear.  Slowly bring in new clothing and replace it with the old so it doesn’t seem like such a dramatic event.  The less abrupt the better!  Having a happy boyfriend and a well dressed one is the perfect balance.

Fashion Advice for Men:

With the progress of my disease, it’s getting somewhat challenging managing the high demands of female grooming. What with the makeup, hair, skin care, hair removal and weight control, it’s hard for any woman to keep up, let alone one diagnosed with MS such as myself. As such, I’ve been exploring ways to reduce the amount of effort and time I need to spend on my appearance. I’m ultimately hoping to maintain the aesthetics of my appearance even during harder moment with the disease. This exploration has really opened up my eyes to the myriad timesaving products there are out there when it comes to beauty! In a way, I’m a little sad I didn’t come across these earlier…I could have saved SO much time!

Right now, I’m really focused on finding some good hair removal methods that are easy and can save me time. I’ve been shaving my whole life. As any woman who shaves knows, it is a very time-consuming activity, which takes quite a bit of dexterity. I was looking for something that required less time and less dexterity.
I considered waxing and epilation, but quickly dismissed them due to the pain. I’m not willing to endure that kind of pain on a monthly basis! Having MS is enough of a pain, after all!

Finally, I landed on something called Laser Hair Removal. Laser Hair Removal is permanent removal of hair using intense pulses of light. After reading about it on the Internet, I now remember vaguely hearing about friends of friends who’ve gotten it. They all had different reviews on its efficacy. After doing some research, however, I’m finding that laser hair removal seems to be pretty effective, especially for someone with my skin and hair type.

My first consideration was the pain factor. From my research, the pain is similar to waxing or tweezing, which put me off initially. However, much like unlike waxing or tweezing, Laser Hair Removal would only take around 6 sessions. I felt like it was a worthwhile tradeoff.

Secondly, there was the price aspect. Looking at the prices for Laser Hair Removal, I definitely reeled a bit. Not cheap! However, I guess the price of shavers, shaving creams and the most important price of all, my time, all add up to over time. Laser Hair Removal seemed like a good investment.

I’m excited to finally get rid of the need of shaving nearly everyday, and I will be booking my next session soon. It really feels like I’m taking the first steps towards hair grooming freedom, which is not a small thing! What I’m especially excited to do away with is shaving my underarms! I’ve always despised the activity, but without doing it, but underarms become smelly and uncomfortably itchy. Not to mention that underarms do seem like they would be a hard place to reach on the days when I might have MS episodes.

My only concern is that I’ll have to brave a little pain; but with MS, I guess being brave is something I’ll have to be doing more often ☺.

No matter how old a woman is, getting ready for a first date is unquestionably one of those moments in life when she feels like a teenager again. Wouldn’t it be great to be able to enjoy the excitement of getting ready to go out without obsessing over what to wear?

As every woman knows, when choosing a first-date outfit the intention is to make a positive impression. There are countless articles providing tips on what to wear on the first date, but there is no better way to get the top tips to get a killer outfit for a first date than to go to the source. Here are some great date-approved outfit ideas:

Skinny jeans with a modest top and a low-heel shoe creates a simple outfit guys just love, and it’s pretty easy to see why. There is something especially attractive about a woman wearing her favorite jeans and exuding that remarkable girl-next-door beauty. A low-heel shoe is a great choice since it will provide self-confidence as well as comfort. Let’s face it, the last thing you need on a first date is having uncomfortable shoes divert your attention from your date.

Even though some men generally prefer high heels, men also like having their dates combine a frilly dress with some comfortable canvas shoes. This is a great outfit for active women and wearing this type outfit for a first date will demonstrate that you are aware of all your assets and aren’t afraid of experimenting.

Wear a pair of thigh-high boots if you truly want to break his heart, is a nice way of course! The great thing about these boots is you can combine the boots with almost anything you like. Skirts, dresses, jeans, leggings and virtually anything else you can imagine, because, let’s be honest, his attention is going to be on the boots. Even if you don’t go with the boots on the first date just casually mentioning that you have a pair in your closet will drive him nuts.

Guys like style, and the renowned dinner-and-a-movie date is the perfect opportunity to put your feminine side on full display while showing that you also have class. Since you most likely won’t know the kind of restaurant he will pick for your first date, it is best to not be to extravagant when selecting an outfit. Pick something subtle, but romantic. Men love the classic outfits, like the little black dress, the tight red dress or the swishy polka-dotted dress. Heels are unavoidable for the dinner-movie date, but go with a comfortable low or medium heel shoe. Be sure to select garments which are made of finer materials and then just hope he doesn’t take you to a fast-food joint and a teen comedy flick.

It is the shoes. As hard as it is for some women to wrap their brains around, men most certainly do notice the shoes women are wearing. When asked, guys always mention the footwear, and most guys just love high heels — and the brighter the color the better.

So there you go ladies, dressing up is important. However, with all this said, every single man on the planet will tell you the same thing; if he likes the woman he doesn’t much care what she is wearing. So, while you will want to dress to impress, bear in mind the top tip to get a killer outfit for a first date is showcasing your radiant personality and killer smile if you want to knock his socks off.” – Kezia Noble Dating Consultant.