We're really excited to have partnered with Jessie Ace, diagnosed with MS seven years ago, who is donating 50% of the profits from her ENabled Warrior Symptom Tracker book to the MS Trust. Here, Jessie shares her MS journey and the inspiration behind the book.
‘My arm has gone dead.’
Not the worst thing in the world you may think but for me, it meant my life changed forever.
I was 22 and had been working non-stop day and night to complete my university degree.
I’d also been working hard setting up a business in my second year because I always dreamt of being my own boss.
I had huge plans for when I left university. I was going to start my brand new career as an illustrator! I had big dreams and wanted to take over the world with my designs.
I’d managed to get a book deal for when I left, an agent to represent me at major trade shows around the world and I even had my work already stocked in some boutique stores while I was still at university! I was so excited.
All I needed to do was finish university. Pretty simple, right?
But life never quite goes as you expect it to, does it?
The morning of the last day at university – typically the very LAST day – I didn’t feel ‘right’. I’d been working so hard, the fact that the left side of my body had gone weak, numb, and wobbly sort of made sense to me. I was just stressed, right?
Seven days later I was dragged to the doctor's by my boyfriend, still convinced nothing was wrong. The doctor diagnosed me with a hemiplegic migraine and sent me on my way.
"Told you it was nothing". I beamed at my boyfriend.
Until she rang back an hour later.
"Yes, I thought about it and spoke to my colleague and we both think you should go to the hospital and get checked over, you could have had a stroke".
A what? I was 22 years old! I was too young to have had a stroke.
Off I went to the hospital and ended up staying in.
Three days later I got a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis and my life changed in an instant.
A few weeks after losing my left hand, my right hand went weak and numb too so neither of my hands was usable. That had never happened before.
I couldn’t hold a pencil let alone draw. What was I going to do?! Drawing was my life.
The illustration career I'd dreamt of was gone. The agency deal, contracts, and boutique stores disappeared. The life I worked so hard for was gone.
It left me with no confidence and a desperate search for meaning.
Seven years later, after scribbling down more symptoms in notebooks for years it suddenly dawned on me that filling notebooks about symptoms was not helpful to anybody.
Those scribbled notes weren’t helping me track my symptoms or put the information across in a way that was easy for doctors to view it quickly and give me the best possible treatment. No wonder I wasn’t being believed. My notebook scribbles weren’t helping me find what was triggering my symptoms or helping me get my mind in a positive place.
After a long road of self-discovery and learning, I finally knew what needed to be done. I got a rough copy together of everything I thought would be helpful earlier on in my diagnosis and tied it in with the information doctors needed.
I took the plunge and sent it out to some of my ENabled Warriors in our Facebook group and sent it to the doctors I’d interviewed on my podcast. What people said about it, blew me away. I realised I’d really made something that can help make a difference to so many people.
The ENabled Warrior symptom tracker book helps you track your symptoms, instantly spot triggers, and give accurate information to your doctors so you can get the best possible treatment.
People loved the book.
Dr. Jonathan White, OMS advisor said, “People with a chronic illness will find this really easy to use, but more importantly it's really nice to look at and fun to fill in!”
It includes everything from appointment sheets to remind you to talk about a certain question, medical quick notes (for when you’re quizzed on your medical history in appointments!) medication, and treatment trackers so you can always keep track. It also includes a food diary so you can work out which foods are making symptoms worse, an exercise and goal tracker so you can track your progress, and achieve your goals. It even includes a menstrual tracker so you can see if your symptoms get worse around that time of the month.
You can also track your mindset daily with our daily sheets. These sheets contain everything I do in a day that keeps me positive, focused, and keeps my anxiety under control. They contain gratefulness, journaling, my ‘I AM’ positive intentions as well as your daily ‘top 3 intentions for the day’. Since using the ‘top 3 intentions’ I have found I have got so much more done in a day and because you prioritise those top 3 intentions, I don’t feel guilty for taking more rest time because the things I needed to get done are just that, done.
Dr. Gretchen Hawley from the MSing Link said, “Brilliant for those with chronic illnesses to give their doctors more accurate information. Recalling these nuggets of information can be a game-changer in receiving the best care for you and your symptoms”
This book has the power to help so many people so I wanted to take it one step further. Through the challenging times, we’ve been in just lately, I wanted to give back to the MS Trust who need more donations to continue the amazing work they do to help so many other people like me with MS.
I want to give them 50% of all my profits from the physical symptom tracker book when you purchase it through their link here.
Donations are vital to charities. Charities are dependant on donations so that they can continue to provide the amazing services that help so many people.
Right now you can help the MS Trust by tracking your symptoms, find what’s triggering your symptoms, and giving accurate information to your doctors by ordering your very own ENabled Warrior Symptom Tracker Book.
Order your copy of your book now and get a bunch of free bonuses like ebooks, digital downloads, and cheat sheets that help you live your best life with MS.
It’s time to stop letting symptoms have the last laugh. Track your symptoms whilst helping the MS Trust today and benefit from being in control.
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