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My Break From Writing Continues For A Good Reason

A few weeks ago I decided to take a break from writing. My family took a much-needed vacation for a few days (I’ll be writing about it in June.) I stepped away from my computer and the daily task (and love) of writing to see what the spring air had to offer. There’s so much in nature that’s restorative for my soul and this time was no different.

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Now I’m off again. I’ve been asked by the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers to attend and blog about their annual event, a unique gathering of people who are committed to improving the lives of people with Multiple Sclerosis.

Everyone from neurologists, nursing professionals, scientists, mental health professionals, members of the non-profit community, corporate supporters and many others will be discussing the latest treatments, research, genetics, robotics, nutrition, gender issues and so much more.

With networking opportunities, exhibits with the latest technological advances and some fun social events I look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones.

Talking to people who I only read about in my daily research? That will be the equivalent of spending time with my favorite icons,

So I’ll be back to writing again very soon. In the meantime this tweet was a good reminder of why I do what I do. This person read my post about “Why I’m Thankful for My Diagnosis.” If I make a difference in even one person’s life then I know that what I do is all worth it.

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25 thoughts on “My Break From Writing Continues For A Good Reason

  1. Joan Kottler

    Congratulations Cathy, you are quite the inspiration.
    You sound incredibly excited and motivated and I say kudos to do.

    Best regards to you,

    Joan

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    1. shifrachester@gmail.com Post author

      Thanks, Elaine! Being on an Idaho retreat is kind of inspiring, too, you know. So we’re both busy doing what we love while hopefully having it mean something to others along the way. What a wonderful way to live and be!

  2. Jennifer Wagner

    You are such an inspiration Cathy! Sometimes I think I would like to do what you are doing for migraine sufferers. However lately I’ve been so disabled by my migraines, I can barely write anymore. I had to leave About.com because I needed to spend too much time on the computer and looking at screens too long makes things.

    I’m trying to be as upbeat as you, but it isn’t easy.
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    1. shifrachester@gmail.com Post author

      OH, Jennifer, I am truly sorry you had to give up About.com. That must have been a difficult decision to make, but I”m sure it’s the right one for you. Migraines, and any pain, is so disabling. I hope you find a way to your new form of wellness – the best that you can find. You deserve that.

      Today my legs are aching and weak and I am tired despite 7 hours of sleep. That’s the nature of my MS. But this event is the mecca of all I do, and I want/need to go. However I was also invited to another event later this month which I had to decline. It would be too much to fly again in the same month.

      Life is all about choices, and our health always comes first. In a perfect world we’d do whatever we want. But in the real world, let’s keep taking care of ourselves.

      Best to you, my friend.

  3. Helene Cohen Bludman

    Travel well, my friend. The conference is lucky to have you, knowing what a social media star you are (BAM, for example!). Looking forward to hearing all about it when you return. xo

    1. shifrachester@gmail.com Post author

      You are the bomb, Helene! (Someone once called me that and I thought she was mad at me. I must learn to keep up on current terms! Ha!!)

      Thanks, my sweet friend. I appreciate your ongoing friendship and support.

  4. pia

    What an incredibly beautiful tweet!

    And that was sentence I never thought I would write–“beautiful” and “tweet.”

    You are always inspirational to me–even in your time off.

  5. Bonnie K. Aldinger

    Sounds exciting, have a great time!

    I like taking a break from social media when I go on vacation. I haven’t got any devices for when I’m away from home, I take pictures and keep an old-fashioned paper journal and recount my adventures when I get back – I like the connectedness that social media gives but every now and then it also feels good to just focus entirely on the real world.

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