Polar Products from MSAA & MS Foundation – Focus MS

Melissa Cook Opening Polar Products March 2022
Melissa Cook Opening Polar Products from MS Foundation’s MS Focus Program

Sarah Locke shared her Polar Products on Twitter earlier this month, alerting me to the program. Thanks, Sarah. I promptly ordered my kit, and look what arrived last week! To get your kit in the mail, check out this MS Focus link from the MS Foundation: https://msfocus.org/Get-Help/MSF-Programs-Grants/Cooling-Program. You can also apply for the MSAA (Multiple Sclerosis Association of America) kit at: https://mymsaa.org/msaa-help/cooling-products/. Let’s keep cool this summer to enjoy the fun with everyone else.

Melissa Cook Pushing Through MS to Quilt in Thorne Bay, Alaska – Attitude Is Everything – February 2015
Melissa Cook with Her Mom Patricia O’Flaherty sightsee near her childhood home in Tucson, Arizona – February 2015

In 2008, my life seemed like it was over. MS was wreaking havoc in my life – and that is putting it mildly. I thought multiple sclerosis would kill me with a brain stem lesion that affected my heart and lungs. I took a year off from work and then, in 2009, returned to the classroom for another year before throwing in the towel and leaving on medical disability.

Now, people can’t tell I have MS. If I manage stress, stay cool, protect my sleep schedule, and avoid sick people, I can conquer the world. Okay, maybe that is overestimating my ability, but the truth is, I am doing amazingly well considering my MS past. In 2015, I was home on disability but had long since embraced the philosophy that there are no rewinds in life, so I make the most of each day, even if I only cook dinner or get dressed. Despite having MS, I pushed through those days.

Melissa Cook in Billings, Montana 2022 – Watch: Alaska Presentation Here

Today, with my multiple sclerosis in check, I’ve been able to complete and promote a memoir of my remote Alaska life and MS journey – The Call of the Last Frontier. If you have wanted to attend my presentation but have been unable to, you can watch it here: Melissa Cook’s Alaska presentation. MS waxes and wanes, and to some extent, we do have control over that. I am faithful about taking my medication, staying healthy, and keeping a positive attitude.

March & April 2022 Appearance Schedule – can also be found on www.MelissaCook.us

March 22, 2022 – Hot Springs County Library 6:00-7:30 p.m. “Alaska” & “The Call of the Last Frontier” presentation at 344 Arapahoe St, Thermopolis, WY 82443

April 4, 2022 – Washakie County Library 6:00-7:30 p.m. “Alaska” &˜ “The Call of the Last Frontier” presentation at 801 Big Horn Ave Suite 100, Worland, WY 82401

April 5, 2022 – Sheridan County Fulmer Library 2:00-3:30 p.m. & 6:00-7:30 p.m. “Alaska” & “The Call of the Last Frontier” presentation at 335 W Alger St, Sheridan, WY 82801

About the Author

Melissa Cook
Melissa Cook is the author of www.MSsymptoms.me. As a retired high school teacher and school district administrator, she chooses to share her MS story in hopes of benefiting others.