MINDSET SHIFT AND MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS WITH PATRICIA BEVILACQUA
Join me, Corine La Font, Host of Between The Lines with Guest, Patricia Bevilacqua.
There is no cure for multiple sclerosis, and the disease is notorious for its unpredictability. As a result, women with MS often feel hopeless, helpless and face a future of uncertainty. However, women can still lead meaningful, purposeful, and joyful lives despite the trials and tribulations associated with multiple sclerosis (MS).
The solution to this problem is for women with MS to embrace a positive mindset shift, and Patti Kaye Bevilacqua is living proof that this solution works. Patti Kaye Bevilacqua knows first-hand how adopting a positive mindset serves her much better than focusing on the losses she endured, and there were many. Instead of feeling depressed, angry, and disappointed when MS rears its ugly head, she lets go of the emotions and looks forward to tomorrow.
In September 1989, Patti started her dream job; teaching high school physical education. She didn't believe a rookie could land the perfect job in their first year of teaching, but she did. However, five months later, before the end of her first year of teaching, she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Ten years later, she left the only job she ever wanted due to worsening symptoms of MS. In 2001, Patti went back to university to pursue graduate studies at the University of Toronto. Her ultimate professional goal was to teach and supervise others keen to enter the same profession.
In 2005, she graduated with a Ph.D. in Teacher Development. Her research focused on the impact of chronic disease on teacher identity. However, Patti never secured a tenured position as a teacher educator and went on long-term disability in 2007. Fourteen years later, Patti discovered her life with MS was far richer when she focused on living each day as her best self. This shift in mindset became her newfound purpose in life; to help other women with MS do the same. She created a fast-growing FB community; MS stands for Mindset Shift. In this community, she shares her knowledge and experiences along with valuable content and resources.
According to the MS Society of Canada:
• every 3 out of 4 people diagnosed with MS are women.
• the country with the highest incidence of MS in the world is Canada,
• the average age of diagnosis is 33
• 6,738 new people are diagnosed with MS each year - that's 562 people diagnosed every month
"In the beginning, I was a good person, I liked who I was, and MS stood for multiple sclerosis. Today, I am a great person, and I love who I am because I live with MS. Consequently, MS now stands for Mindset Shift."
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