Mortgage agent

Age: 31
Country: Canada
Profession: Mortgage agent
Hobbies: Hanging out with friends, reading, crafts and playing with my dog

Living with MS since 2012

I’m Kandis, and I’m a mortgage agent in Toronto. My first relapse happened in 2010 when I experienced problems with my vision, but it wasn’t until 2 years later that I was finally diagnosed with MS.

My diagnosis has pushed me to seize every opportunity available to me. It may be a cliché, but it’s true – we need to live every day like it’s our last. Not knowing how my MS might progress in the future made me feel uncertain and like things were out of my control, so in 2014 I decided to take control of the wheel and moved to Australia for a year. It was a life-changing experience and I’m so grateful I took that leap. I’m not sure if I’d have had the motivation to make such a drastic change in my life had it not been for my diagnosis.

Living with MS has changed my relationship with myself, and how I view the world. Having a positive mental attitude keeps me going and looking forward to tomorrow, even if I’m not sure what tomorrow may bring.

Stay positive
Try to eat healthily and exercise
Talk to your loved ones
Have more hugs!

1. Stay positive
It can be hard to keep a positive mindset when you’re living with a disease as unpredictable as MS. It’s important to be grateful for every ‘good day’ and remain hopeful about the future.

2. Try to eat a healthy diet and exercise
This is important for everyone, but especially so for those with MS. Eating healthy foods and exercising are great ways to keep energized and to clear your mind. Start with something small like taking walks every evening.

3. Talk to your loved ones
Feeling misunderstood is so common for people living with MS because often, our symptoms are ‘invisible’. Having a group of people you can share your experiences with and open up to when you’re struggling makes a world of a difference. Sometimes just saying things out loud can bring you the clarity and encouragement you need.

4. Rest
Try to get a good night’s sleep every day, and don’t feel guilty if you need to sneak in an afternoon catnap. Being rested will give you the energy you need to get through your day-to-day activities.

5. Have more hugs!
Give your loved ones or treasured furry companion a hug when you’re having an off day. Hugs can raise a person’s oxytocin (‘love hormone’) levels. If you’re feeling stressed or worried, a hug always helps. 

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All of our MS Resistance patient experts are passionate about communicating about MS and are dedicated to helping support other people living with the disease. They are all actively involved with supporting the MS community to help educate and raise awareness about MS – working with MS societies, blogging about their experiences, and providing tips and advice, to help others have a more positive outlook.