Stop and Smell the Biscuits
- by Andrea L.
- January 23, 2017
Andrea L. is a paid Advocate for Teva Neuroscience, Inc.
I was born and raised in the South, where biscuits are a part of everyday life. But I never dreamed biscuits could teach me a life lesson.
Living with a relapsing form of multiple sclerosis (RMS) for the past 23 years, I’ve dealt with my share of good days and bad days, but I’ve learned the most from the bad ones. For starters, they make the good ones so much sweeter. Bad days can be very, very frustrating and often times we focus on what we can’t do. We focus on what RMS has taken away. During times like that, I try to focus on what I can do, and remember the things I enjoy doing.
Last summer, my husband and daughter started a quest to hike every state park in Tennessee. Since I didn’t always feel like joining them, I found my own quest to conquer with my daughter – to learn to make the best homemade biscuits.
Through the years, I have watched both my grandmothers make perfect, Southern biscuits from scratch, time after time. But in today’s more fast-paced world, I had never had time to make them myself. First of all, they’re intimidating; after all it is common opinion where I was raised that only the best Southern cooks can make them right. Secondly, they’re a lot of trouble. There’s the mixing, the kneading, the rolling and more, which can take an entire morning. Even though they’re time consuming, I felt it was the right time to tackle them.
My daughter and I spent an entire summer perfecting our craft. We experimented with different recipes and techniques. All of our biscuits were different, but most of them were delicious.
Baking is something that doesn’t take a lot of physical effort, but it allowed me to spend quality time with my daughter, and it challenged us together in new ways.
What I took away from this experience was a lesson in my RMS life. You don’t have to miss out on life because you can’t hike mountains. You find your way around the mountain… for me, I found my way around the kitchen instead.
COPAXONE® (glatiramer acetate injection) is a prescription medicine that is used to treat relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS), to include clinically isolated syndrome, relapsing-remitting disease, and active secondary progressive disease, in adults.
Do not use COPAXONE® if you are allergic to glatiramer acetate or mannitol.