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.

Andrea L.

RMS Patient

Leave a comment below

More posts you might like

Register today

Get the latest posts and resources from Teva's Lift MS.

Comments
Thank you for your comment!
It is currently being reviewed to make sure it complies with our Rules of Engagement. If it does, it will be shared with the community shortly, so continue to check back. We appreciate you being a part of the Lift MS™community.
3 Comment(s)
  • Becky Unfried@gmail.com. | August 27, 2017
    That sounds like a challenge I liked to try. Can you share your recipe, please?
  • Tammie | August 28, 2017
    Loved this story.. Thanks for the encouragement.
  • Margaret | September 26, 2017
    Andrea. There you go. My husband and I flew to Ireland in the summer of 2015, and again this past summer. We took trains, buses , taxi cabs and rented a car. We enjoyed my family and sight seeing from the windows of cars, trains, buses and Taxi cabs. I have M.S. but like you, am finding ways to remain connected with my husband during travel. Ireland is a cool and beautiful place. The temp, the 60s
    • Teva's Lift MS Team | September 27, 2017
      We love your fighting spirit, Margaret. Thank you for sharing.