[ Episode 16 Recap ] Voices & Choices: Self Advocacy and MS

The summer is starting to wind down!

It’s hard to believe that the regular fall routines are almost underway.   For many of us, this is a time to schedule doctor’s appointments and make preparations for the next major holiday.

Hopefully, you tuned in to Episode 16 as we discussed Self-Advocacy.  The prior episode, our focus was on self-care and ways to incorporate “taking care of you,” into your daily life.  With all that gets piled onto our plates, it’s really important to look at yourself and quite honestly, take a personal inventory.

Today we see just about everywhere #hashtags or “quotes” reminding us to take care of ourselves, and “place your mask on first.”  In our podcast, we brought this topic to the forefront. It walks hand in hand with self-care; self-advocacy.  Being an advocate doesn’t mean you have to be loud or cause some sort of conundrum with family friends, caregivers, or physicians.  According to the definition, advocacy means the act of pleading for or supporting.  In our opinion, the best person to advocate for yourself is YOU, especially when managing a disease like Multiple Sclerosis.  Below we compiled a list of ways to speak up for yourself and allow your voice to be heard.  Take a look to see what can be incorporated into your life.

Number two says, my body my choice for a reason.  Sometimes, MS patients and people in the disabled community are faced with having to voice their concerns about how their personal space is violated.  We mentioned the article in the podcast and here it is for you to read.

Until next time!  Be sure to tune in this weekend to episode 17, this one will be one you don’t want to miss!

Happy self-advocating!

D & D