Hi! I’m Traci Thau.
I was diagnosed with Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis in 2002. I spent the next decade trying to ignore the unpredictable symptoms and their impact on my life. With each passing year, it got a little harder and my world felt a little smaller. I was living as if I had no control over my disease and was letting the fear of the unknown guide my future. Eventually, I realized that just because I had MS, did not mean that I was sick. Information about how diet and lifestyle could help improve symptoms of MS was starting to become known. I didn’t quite know where to start but I knew I was finished with letting MS rule my life. I made a conscious decision to be the healthiest version of myself that I could be.
I set out to make myself as strong as possible, from the inside out, to be better able to deal with any adversity life or MS, threw at me. I changed my diet, put on my sneakers and concentrated on improving my overall wellness. That included stress management, which began as a diary and became a lifeline. The world opened up again. Instead of obstacles, I began to see possibilities. This blog is an extension of my journal and based on my experiences and things I’ve learned over the years. It includes some of the things I wish I had known when was first diagnosed and I was alone and afraid and confused. My hope is that it helps people know that they are not alone on this journey and that there are people out there who understand what they are going through. My intention is to empower people living with Multiple Sclerosis to take control of their health and become their own MS Wellness Project.