My MS Podcast has been on my heart for quite a long time. So I’m thrilled that it’s finally in the hands of our multiple sclerosis community around the world.
I created this podcast because when I was diagnosed with Relapsing Remitting Multiple Sclerosis in 2016, I was overwhelmed. For the first time in my life I didn’t have a single friend who could relate to what I was going through.
I searched online and saw all the worst-case scenarios alongside a lot of generic information about MS. You know all the medical jargon, statistics, and meaningless definitions.
I didn’t feel like I fit into support groups.
And a lot of online communities seemed so doom and gloom.
What I wanted… what I needed… was someone who I could have a REAL conversation about getting diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.
I wanted someone who could truly understand what it was like to be handed this diagnosis.
Most of all, I wanted to protect the part of me that I didn’t want MS to touch – the real me.
I didn’t want MS to become my story or my identity.
What I needed was help figuring out how to live with Multiple Sclerosis in a way that I could still be me. I wanted to still hold onto my hopes and dreams for the future.
I didn’t want to carry around resentment for the rest of my life because of this diagnosis.
And if it was possible, I actually wanted it to spark a more meaningful life for me.
Now, I can honestly say MS interrupted my life in a good way too.
The Gift in Multiple Sclerosis
It forced me to take a step back. I had to face the fact that I was burning myself out.
I was constantly trying to do more, be better and go faster.
That wasn’t sustainable before my diagnosis, but it certainly wasn’t sustainable with MS.
After my diagnosis I started to see things differently.
I really tried to not see it as a complete or permanent setback.
I saw it as an invitation to get off the treadmill of never-ending meaningless to-dos.
It as an opportunity to live a more intentional life.
A life where I give my time and energy to the people and things that are most meaningful to me.
A life where I make pancakes on a Saturday morning with my family instead of rushing off to errands or cleaning.
A life where I stop scrolling mindlessly on my phone so I can have a real conversation with a friend that I haven’t talked to since college.
And a life where I have the courage to launch this podcast and connect with my fellow MS sisters.
If you’re listening to this podcast, it likely means that you or someone you love is living with Multiple Sclerosis, and you likely want to live beyond your diagnosis too.
My MS Podcast Tagline
That is why tagline for this podcast is “Reclaim your body, mind and life from multiple sclerosis.”
My friends, we can still be healthy and live a meaningful life even if we can’t be cured.
This isn’t about just thinking happy thoughts and pretending that MS doesn’t exists.
This is about keeping it all the way real.
We will have hard days… some really hard days.
We will have ups and downs.
And we will have setbacks.
But when you say yes to reclaiming your body, mind and life from MS, you’re saying yes learning new ways to support your healing. Yes to having fun along the way. Yes to celebrating the small wins.
You’re saying yes to prioritizing your time and energy on what is most meaningful to you in life.
You’re saying yes to making special memories from ordinary moments.
We might discover new healthy meals along the way too!
Hey, I’m a nutrition coach specializing in Multiple Sclerosis, I had to give a plug for food!
About Your Host, Alene Brennan
On that note, I want to share my background as a nutrition coach.
I had an interest in nutrition from a really young age.
It was because I got debilitating migraines growing up.
I always felt like I was missing out on so much in life because of migraines.
I followed all of the recommendations from my doctor, but the migraines still came just as strong.
That’s when he handed me a list of foods that were potential migraine triggers.
This list ended up changing my life in more ways than one.
It began my search to ultimately identifying the foods that are my personal migraine triggers.
It also opened my eyes to the power that food has to change how we feel in our body.
It’s one of those things that one you see it, you can’t unsee it.
So, over the years food was always something I used to support my health.
I still embraced conventional medicine when needed but food was a tool that was within my control and could help me to feel better in my body.
So of course when I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, I once again turned to food.
What could it do for me now?
I wanted to see how it could support my body with this new diagnosis.
I quickly saw the lack of education and support for the MS and autoimmune community.
Nutrition Support for Multiple Sclerosis
So, I dedicated my nutrition coaching practice to the MS community to help fill the gap for us.
Throughout my career, I’ve completed six extensive trainings in functional nutrition + culinary nutrition.
I’m certified specifically in the Wahls Protocol and Autoimmune Protocol (AIP).
I did so many trainings to study the different approaches because I knew cookie cutter approaches don’t work. I wanted to be able to customize plans so that they were not only effective but also realistic and sustainable.
Over the years, I’ve worked with thousands of women around the world just like yourself to create plans that are again realistic and sustainable.
On this podcast I’m sharing my personal experiences living with MS and my experience as a Nutrition Coach specializing in Multiple Sclerosis.
You’ll hear me say this a lot throughout the podcast, but it’s important that you know upfront that the information I share is not medical advice. You need to connect with your doctor for any and all medical and health needs.
Because most of all, in this podcast, I’m coming to you as your fellow MS sister.
This is about coming together to support one another and lift each other up.
Frequency & Format of My MS Podcast
So, let me tell you about the future of this podcast.
First, I’m releasing 3 episodes today because it’s launch day and I wanted to give you the opportunity to dive into some episodes right away.
Moving forward, I’ll be releasing 3 new episodes every week.
Monday and Wednesday will be regular episodes. These will have seasons or a theme. Each season will run for a couple weeks and allow us to get a deep dive on some of the topics that are most important to you. If you have a special request for a topic or a question that you’d like to have answered on the podcast, please send me a note. I love hearing your requests and the topics that are of most interest to you.
So, Monday and Wednesday are regular episodes.
On Friday, I have something special for you. It’s an exclusive “MS in the News” episode.
These episodes are slightly shorter and designed to help you stay up to speed on the latest research and trends about MS. Research is always evolving with both conventional and functional medicine, as well as with nutrition and gut health, so I want you to be the first to know and stay ahead of the curve.
My MS Podcast Invitation to You
My friend, this podcast is an invitation to elevate your life with MS – to start thriving with MS.
If you still want to dream big, pursue your passions, or simply find peace with your diagnosis – this is for you.
Here, you’ll find tools, conversations, and a community dedicated to helping you to reclaim your body, mind, and life from Multiple Sclerosis.
Be sure to hit subscribe that you get notified when new episodes are released.
And, thank you for being here, and I hope that this is the beginning of something life changing for us all!