To create an intention is to clarify what you want. ...What you want to achieve in a yoga class, in a day, in a lifetime.
This act is deceptively simple but deeply powerful.Read More
I'm Mary Joan Cunningham and I created Thrive with MS. I started this site to share my journey and encourage others in transforming fear into empowerment surrounding any new health reality.
Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2014, I embrace both conventional medicine and complementary therapies. I'm on a journey, figuring things out, just like you. I've given myself this space to be candid and real. And if that can help others, yay.
I share resources and insights here to serve anyone facing a scary diagnosis.
We got this.
There are moments that completely rock your world, turn it upside down and spit you out with a new perception forevermore.
Like when you find out that the doctors who you entrust with your care don't actually know everything about the human body. (Like you so hoped they would.)
But similarly, there's a shift in perception that can empower us. Change our world. Change our lives...Read More
Moving the body helps our bodies and brain.
Because when we move, endorphins (neuropeptides that are natural pain and stress relievers... I like to call them magic happy juice) start to flow through us once we do.
Here's how I got back into working out after taking a year off after my MS diagnosis. (Complete with silly video.)Read More
File this under: getting out of my own head and doing the REAL work to support my body and soul...
Feeding. Eating. Nourishing. It's pretty much the most important thing ever and yet I feel like I got by for many years by not doing it very well.Read More
Last week, being the week of the move from New York---a week of intense packing, extreme change---thoughts of mortality swirled. Surely because of fear, a deep, nearly hidden swirl that--when it swells--will pull anything and everything in along with it. And with it, I swirled in my mid-sleeping dreams….Read More
So this happened...
I was just diagnosed with MS. Two months ago. Shocker.
I didn't expect it and didn't know a thing about MS, other than something about wheelchairs.
The morning I woke up for kundalini meditation training was the beginning of a full-on nerve freak out that, within two weeks, left me unable to walk and see straight, and rendered half of my face numb.Read More