A short film about a love affair with New York City, and the diagnosis that took me away.Read More
RISE ABOVE ANY DIAGNOSIS
I'm Mary Joan Cunningham and I created Thrive with MS. Here I share my journey and guide 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, and developed a powerful healing combination that focuses on Mind + Body + Spirit.
I share resources and insights here with blogs, videos, and podcasts to serve anyone facing a scary diagnosis.
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Joy. Boy, that's a loaded word. AmIRight?
With that one syllable you may envision a powder puff fairy who has said something beyond enraging. Leaving you infuriated.
Maybe some of us have a reaction to this word because we have a hard time envisioning (this enraging) Joy in our lives.
(Keep reading to see what would be a totally embarrassing video. That is, if I had any shame.)Read More
This week's video is a conversation with documentarian Sharad Kharé. Sharad has interviewed Meryl Streep, Helen Mirren, Susan Sarandon and MANY others, all true luminaries. ...and now, me! I was beyond humbled and grateful to have had some time to chat about the inspiration for Thrive with MS, and ....Read More
TheMighty.com asked me to write a note to a friend having a tough mental health day. Here's that post PLUS what I didn't include - my really truly frank opinions on how we can regain our brain health. Know this - it is absolutely possible to feel better. Read on and let me know your thoughts!Read More
Whether freshly committed to making meaningful change in this new year or working through the challenges of a new health reality, do not underestimate the transformative power of a little thing called Joy.
Though if you’re like me, you might overestimate the energy needed to usher it into your life. It’s not hard, it just takes a little intention. Here’s what I mean...Read More
Check out these great health and wellness articles...by yours truly ;)
What are the best food choices for someone wanting to upgrade their diet, Paleo or otherwise? Read more...
Using the Power of Intention: 5 Easy Steps
To create an intention is to clarify what you want to achieve: in a yoga class, a day, a lifetime. This act is deceptively simple but deeply powerful. More...
Don't get confused with food "rules" - check out this list that keeps the focus on good health. Read on...
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