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.
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Becky Unfried@gmail.com. | August 27, 2017That sounds like a challenge I liked to try. Can you share your recipe, please?
Teva's Lift MS Team | September 11, 2017We're glad to hear you liked this post, Becky! While we don't have Andrea's recipe handy, we do have RMS-friendly recipes in our By the Bite series. You can check out 30 minute dinner recipes here: https://www.liftms.com/motivation/quick-dinner-recipes or by visiting our Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/LiftMS/videos
Tammie | August 28, 2017Loved this story.. Thanks for the encouragement.
Teva's Lift MS Team | August 28, 2017That's great to hear, Tammie! You might also like this blog post: https://www.liftms.com/motivation/learn-to-persevere. We wish you the best!
Margaret | September 26, 2017Andrea. 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, 2017We love your fighting spirit, Margaret. Thank you for sharing.