Sunday, August 07, 2005

What the Statistician Knows about Multiple Sclerosis

As many of you may know, I am also a Statistician in addition to being a Motivational Speaker and Life Empowerment Consultant and Coach. I worked in the corporate world for over 14 years and predicted outcomes for a living!

I found humor in the fact that I was diagnosed with one of the most unpredictable diseases. I am statistician... I should be able to predict this with a 95% confidence level!

Well, the lesson that I learned from the diagnosis of MS is that the "unpredictable" is just fine because there is an element of "unknown" in every event that happens and that the outcome can be more dependent on things that can't be measured (e.g., the power of our minds & spirit). I actually am glad that this disease is unpredictable because it allows me to give equal weight or more weight to the positive outcome. I deserve it! I claim it! (And for those of you reading this that have been diagnosed with a disease that doctors predict to be a negative course of progression, THROW THAT PREDICTION OUT and tap into your own ability to change the course of the disease!!! Predictions are just that ... predictions -- but there is ALWAYS room for error in those predictions and ONLY YOU can determine the size of that error that's being made in that predition!)

What I do know about MS is that any stress in my life can affect how I am feeling that day. If I feel overwhelmed with the workload I have or feel that there is too much to do and allow myself to get inundated, my body feels it. So, the diagnosis of MS has actually helped me to slow down, smell the roses -- or the coffee :) --- and actually get to know my limits and boundaries a lot better. I now know, more than ever before, when I need a break or need to take a deep breath and relax and pamper myself. Sounds like a logical thing to do... but many of us don't stop to do this. And if you have been diagnosed with MS (or any other chronic health condition or disease), you may want to seriously consider taking the time out for YOU on a regular basis!

Statistically speaking:
- I am 100% confident that you have what it takes within you to overcome this health challenge and create an extraordinary life for yourself! --- Statisticians NEVER say 100% confident, so I am stepping out of the norm and stating what I feel from the heart... not from my mathematical and analytical side!

- The odds are if you maintain a positive attitude and make an extra effort to minimize your stress level, you will feel better physically and emotionally.

- Strive to be the "outlier" -- don't settle for the "norm" or the "status quo" -- always aim high and challenge yourself to see the other side of that "bump in the road".

- Statistics can NOT predict how you are going to do with this disease. YOU are the major element in that prediction equation. What are you going to do differently today that will have a positive impact on how you physically and emotionally feel?

- Defy the Odds, Throw Caution to the Wind and Live Life to it's maximum... NOW!

If not NOW... when?

Maria Lesetz
Lovin' Life
Motivational Speaker & Life Empowerment Consultant or

Lovin' Life's mission is to inspire and empower people diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis to reach for their full potential in every aspect of life and LIVE LIFE FULLY... NOW!


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