In our middle years, we all encounter changes in our health. We have to make changes to our lifestyles, whether it be by our choice or a lecture from our doctors, or the fact that we want to fit into that swimsuit we bought on sale a couple of months back. This got me thinking, how would my life change if I were diagnosed with an illness at my age? How is it different for those that are diagnosis with an illness in midlife?

Recently, my friend Heather was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. MS is a disease in which the immune system attacks the protective covering of the nerves and disrupts communication between the brain and the body. Fewer than 200,000 cases per years are reported in the US. There is no cure for MS.  It is generally controlled by medication and lifestyle changes. in researching, I found a few notable celebrities that were diagnosed with including:

Actress Jamie Lynn Siegler – The Sopranos
Talk Show Host – Montell Williams
Comedian/Actor – Richard Pryor

Originally, I wanted to interview Heather for this blog post. I gave her a few questions to answer and gave her time to think about it.
Heather’s answers were so compelling, I decided not to write a blog post, but instead, I recorded an episode with her for my Podcast.

I could have typed out the interview verbatim, but I feel that it is much better to listen to her words, in her own voice.

I have added the audio file of the episode for you here http://bit.ly/2rqAcSF.

You can also stream this episode at  www.themiddleyearspodcast.com, Itunes, Stitcher, Tune In, and Google Music.

Heathers positive outlook on her future is an inspiration, and I think her words are so relatable for people not only in midlife, but all ages.

Have you or someone you know been diagnosed with a life changing illness in midlife? Please reach out to me! I’d love to hear your stories!

Until next time,
Crystal

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