My Story: Debra Ross

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What were the steps leading up to your diagnosis?

I was in a bad car accident that progressed things to where the doctors could diagnose it.

What lifestyle changes have you needed to make?

I live a full, well-rounded life — any lingering evidence that I ever had MS is simply who I am today.

Who has been there for you? How?

Honestly, you can't look to some other person to be there for you... that's only setting yourself up for a huge letdown. I looked within myself and depended a lot on God to get me to where I am today.

I live a full, well-rounded life.

What accomplishment are you proud of?

That I didn't quit. I didn't listen to what everyone was telling me about what I could and couldn't do. I decided what I could do, and through that perseverance I created an exercise program that helped me triumph.

What accomplishment are you proud of?

That I didn't quit. I didn't listen to what everyone was telling me about what I could and couldn't do. I decided what I could do, and through that perseverance I created an exercise program that helped me triumph.

I created an exercise program that helped me triumph.

I created an exercise program that helped me triumph.

What's your advice to someone else living with Multiple Sclerosis?

I know it's challenging not to listen to what everyone else is saying about your situation. But the truth is no one knows better than you. You will hear from doctors, friends and family what you can and cannot do, but don't listen to them. Go within and listen to that inner voice. Don't let everyone else set your limitations. The body was created to heal itself when functioning properly... and it will guide you on a path to healing if you listen.

Your health and wellness is not just about eating right and exercising.

Is there anything else we should know?

I use the knowledge I have gained through my MS journey to help other people with MS heal and find what works for them. Every MS patient is different, and everyone's path to healing is different.

About Debra

My Story: Debra Ross

I’m Debra Ross, and I’m 46 years old. I have been a personal trainer for over 24 years. I was diagnosed with MS when I was 25 years old. The doctors told me that I had probably had it since the age of 9. Those of you who know me, know the struggles that I experienced all throughout my school years, and at age 25 I finally knew what all the struggles were all about. There were many people around me who took that news as though it was my death warrant, but not me. I used that information to learn — and I learned plenty!

One of the things I learned first was the importance of water, and I didn't hear it from my neurologist. I also began to see the importance of being positive, and I worked very hard changing negative situations into positive ones. If you were to ask someone today who knows me well, they would say that I can find the good in anything.

Then I learned the importance of oxygen, and how we need to have enough oxygen in our system for our body to function properly. Our body can heal itself when given the proper tools, whatever those tools may be.

Now I'm sure you are saying, “What about nutrition?” Well, for me that was number four — the other three were more important.

I took all that information and developed a unique exercise technique/program as well as a breathing technique, all of which I have used to help other people overcome their obstacles in life, whatever they may be. I’ve written a book about this, called OxyFlex, which is available on Amazon.

Your health and wellness is not just about eating right and exercising; it is so much more than that. Everything that you do throughout your day affects your health, either in a positive way or a negative way.

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