"Adaptation. The word in itself can cause apprehension and reluctance to bend to change. For myself it was my diagnosis with Multiple Sclerosis that shook my core and gave me an abrupt sense of reality when it came to making adjustments. I won’t color inside the lines. Those who are afraid to break the rules seldom make history."
- A Hot MS
Being diagnosed with a neurological disability at the age of 30 is enough to make anyone climb into a hole, curl up and start burying yourself alive. The initial reaction of shock, fear, grief overwhelms us and we are left frozen. Unsure of where we go next. Just saying “it’s a lot to take in” doesn’t even begin to cover the extensive impact this moment has on your life.
You are thrown against a wall of reality with emotions that contradict one another almost leaving you in a state of sudden whiplash. So what is your next move?For Brittany Quiroz now known as “A Hot MS” it was a “fight or flight, do or die” moment, as she says in her lyrics via her motivational music.
“My diagnosis was a clear indicator of my purpose relieving itself through pain. I knew it was God’s way of showing me what my path was and that I have the chance to impact others.” says A Hot MS.
Having grown up as a Singer-Songwriter Quiroz knew that music would always be a part of her life. Writing music alongside her co-writer and mother Kristen Spath for over 15 years, the message she was meant to convey now was more clear than ever. To motivate. To empower. To strengthen. Quiroz now “A Hot MS” has used her diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis to impact the lives of other warriors fighting through chronic illness. She is now sharing her story to widen the lens of perception.
“When you change your perception, you change your reality.” says A Hot MS.
Her goal is to help break the stigma attached with what disability is supposed to look like. "I am hoping to be a part of breaking this mold. I am an advocate for perception. That regardless of anyone’s situation by changing our perception we can take a less than perfect situation and turn it into something beautiful, empowering and knowledgeable. I try to approach my journey with no limits and no filters."
She strives to encourage her readers and viewers to embrace their disasters just as much as their victories and know “It is Okay to be A Hot Mess” or (MS) in this case. A Hot MS is now working as an advocate for disability and multiple sclerosis, working to establish her career as a motivational speaker, writer and using her original music to focus on motivating others to be empowered and positive regardless of their limitations or struggles in life.
She has teamed up with organizations like the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, MS Views and News, MS Focus Magazine, Health Central, Allard USA, Claiming Disability, Inc and The Mighty to share her story and advocate change.She is on a mission to widen the lens of perception in the world of invisible illness and hopes that her voice can be a voice for change.
“When there’s no pretty way of telling your story, tell the truth.” says A Hot MS.
Being transparent with zero filters allows her readers to connect and know they are not alone in this fight while bringing some humor and positivity to the table. Her goal is to bring light into the darkness we face. To allow those struggling to use their pain as fuel to keep going. To switch over how their brain copes with tragedy. To develop the skill to change the way you perceive things.
A Hot MS is working to release her Non-Profit organization this year that specializes in the customization of mobility aids at no cost to the client. Giving warriors utilizing mobility aids to have the chance to choose how it reflects their personality and heart. After being able to customize her AFO brace due to the effects of drop foot from Multiple Sclerosis she knew this was a gift she needed to share. Her organization is aiming to be launched by the fall of 2020. She is also working on writing her first book, which shares her story of trials and tragedy being turned into hope and purpose.
A Hot MS can be found on IG and FB - @ahotms
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