I recently mentioned EarthLaughsInFlowers.Com in the article, 9 Cool Blogs I Love Reading. I’m honored that the author, Stephanie J. Abrams, was kind enough to put the time and effort into doing an interview for MikeVeny.Com.
MV: What inspired you to start blogging?
SA: I was inspired to start blogging after I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. I have always been a very positive person but I wanted to be able to take my positive attitude on life and this illness and share it with others. Also, I know that committing myself to writing each day would be very therapeutic for myself, as I am able to reflect each day on what is happening with my life, my health, and my personal relationships.
MV: How has your diagnosis with MS affected your life?
SA: My diagnosis with MS has honestly only enhanced my positive outlook on life. I know this is just another bump in the road but I am appreciating each day much more than I used to. I have realized who my true friends are and most importantly, how strong I am as a person. I am a fighter and I won’t give up. It has been frustrating having to go to so many doctor appointments and feeling like every other day I have something else wrong with me, but I am thankful that I have very good doctors and I live in a city where I have access to the best medical care.
MV: What advice would you give to someone facing the same challenges?
SA: The advice I would give to someone facing the same challenges as myself would be to stay strong, surround yourself with positive people and to try to be grateful for the little things each day. There are so many great medical treatments for MS now that there were not 15 years ago and the best think you can do is to be proactive about your health. Also, take vitamins!
MV: I saw on Facebook that you are one of the founders of a marketing company. Can you tell me more about that?
SA: Sure! I started a social media marketing company about 2 years ago. Right now I consult for several start up companies by creating and implementing their social media strategies. I have only been using social media to spread the word about my blog which shows the power and reach of social media.
MV: You recently moved from Astoria, Queens to Manhattan.
Which do you like better and why?
SA: Living in either place has its pros and cons, as does everything in life, right! I am happy to be back in Manhattan because it is more convenient for me for work and doctor appointments!
MV: What are some of your long term goals?
SA: I have many goals for my life ahead. First, as for my personal life, I want to get married and have a family. This is something I have always wanted for myself and the way I picture my life. Of course when I was first diagnosed I was scared that no one would love me with MS but I have since realized that this is not true. Everyone has been so accepting and caring. I am actually seeing someone right now who has been so supportive of everything I have been going through and it is so amazing to know there are great guys out there who will understand. Professionally, I eventually see myself as a motivational speaker. I want to be able to inspire people to live a positive life and never to give up, even with bumps and perhaps big bumps throughout life.