Life Happens
Life Happens
Living a Healthy Life despite a Chronic Illness
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Nathalie Brisebois has lived through many difficult challenges, but has found a path to health and happiness. In Life Happens, she shares the story of her experiences battling multiple sclerosis.

For years, living with remittent-recurrent multiple sclerosis dictated who she was and what she did. Brisebois describes her journey battling the many devastating physical and mental effects of this chronic, degenerative disease and the ways that it influenced her work, her family, and her entire being. But in Life Happens, she tells how she began looking for options and a way to heal herself, addressing alternatives such as nutrition, yoga, meditation, vegetarianism, and living a simple life.

Filled with tips, suggestions, and ideas for living with and battling a chronic illness, Life Happens communicates a message of inspiration and hope, of looking for what you want in life, of never giving up, and of finding and being at peace with your life.

On October 10, 2003, I was once again in the neurologist’s office, this time to find out the results of the MRI. She confirmed what I had suspected since my first facial paralysis almost exactly six years earlier: I had multiple sclerosis. Specifically, I had remittent-recurrent MS, the least aggressive form of the disease. Based on my health history, plus the number and size of sclerosis plaques in my brain and upper spine, the doctor concluded that I had been suffering symptoms of MS for the past six years. My facial paralysis, triggered by the car accident a few weeks earlier, was the first crisis—a classic case. The doctor explained that MS is present from birth, but the disease lies dormant until awakened by a shock, such as a car incident, the death of a loved one, a divorce, bankruptcy—any event that shakes you up real good and causes a tremendous amount of stress.

She also told me that she had no idea how the disease would progress in my case, because MS is unpredictable: only time would tell.

Nathalie Brisebois earned a BS degree in biochemistry from Concordia University, Montréal, as well as a fitness and nutrition degree. She is currently seeking a degree as a life coach. Brisebois is a training program development specialist. She, her husband, and her son live a vegetarian life-style filled with yoga and meditation in Montréal, Québec.

Life Happens is a highly engaging story of a likable young woman who transforms herself from MS patient to yogi, mother, and so much more. With much warmth and humor, Nathalie Brisebois recounts how she discovered that by embracing the practices of Yoga, Meditation, Mindfulness, Minimalism and Vegetarianism, she was able to experience extremely positive changes in her health, her relationships, her family, and her life. She carefully walks us down these different pathways to health and happiness through her witty life examples.

Life Happens is highly readable, entertaining and inspiring. As women, we often loose ourselves in our everyday busy-ness, with responsibilities at work and at home. We forget how to truly connect to our life, to take a breath and live OUR life. Natalie’s tale shows readers how these ways can lead us back to ourselves.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to everyone I know!

Alison Jung 

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