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Thank You for Your Service 0

Thank You for Your Service

Thank You for Your Service As we prepare to celebrate Veterans Day, my husband Nick and I look forward to a very special phone call that we get—a call from our oldest son, Nicholas,...

Dear Me 0

Dear Me

Dear Me Dear Me, of three years, nine months, and 15 days ago: Your life just changed. Changed from six weeks ago before this all started. Changed from 5 a.m. this morning when Mike...

I Got 99 Problems and 87 of Them are Side Effects 0

I Got 99 Problems and 87 of Them are Side Effects

I Got 99 Problems and 87 of Them are Side Effects When I was first diagnosed about 5 years ago, I was prescribed Rebif, which is a subcutaneous injection, injected 3 times a week....

Through It All 0

Through It All

Through It All I wrote a poem when I was graduating from college with my bachelor’s degree. The struggle I had to endure to reach my goal to graduate was rough. I was diagnosed...

Changing Your Perception 0

Changing Your Perception

Changing Your Perception A few weeks ago, I went to a class called “Forget Your Fear & Trust Your Truth – A Personal Growth Workshop” held at Happier Valley Comedy in Hadley, MA by...

Time for an MRI 0

Time for an MRI

Time for an MRI My appointment is at 3:30 p.m.   Some 25 miles away from my home.   The clock says it’s only 12:53 p.m..   Although it won’t be rush hour when...

Emerging Therapies: From the Lab to the Clinic 0

Emerging Therapies: From the Lab to the Clinic

Emerging Therapies: From the Lab to the Clinic One of my takeaways from the 2018 ECTRIMS meeting this week is that there are thousands of researchers around the world working hard to figure out...

Diet Matters… and It Matters Now 0

Diet Matters… and It Matters Now

Diet Matters… and It Matters Now Greetings from ECTRIMS, the 34th Congress of the European Committee for Treatment and Research in MS. This is a lion of a meeting–the world’s largest gathering of researchers...

Imaginary Pain 0

Imaginary Pain

Imaginary Pain The buzzing throughout my arms, hands, legs and feet had not let up for 3 full days. My annual checkup with my neurologist was just a day away, so I figured, what...

Driving My MS 0

Driving My MS

Driving My MS In early 2009, I decided to buy a new car.  The previous few years had been a whirlwind of events, including the birth of our first child, big career changes, finishing...

Not Pre-Existing 0

Not Pre-Existing

Not Pre-Existing I can still remember the very last time I called to schedule a blood donation. Donating blood was something I used to do regularly—it was a way I could give back.  ...

The Road Ahead 0

The Road Ahead

The Road Ahead “Don’t spend a lot of time imagining the worst-case scenario. It rarely goes down as you imagine it will, and if by some fluke it does, you will have lived it...

If That Day Comes 0

If That Day Comes

If That Day Comes Life is tough. You get thrown curve ball after curve ball, and when you first start to play the game, you might get a black eye, a broken bone or...

When You Have MS, Politics is Personal 0

When You Have MS, Politics is Personal

When You Have MS, Politics is Personal Since last summer’s failed congressional efforts to repeal many provisions of the 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA), the hashtag #IAmAPreExistingCondition has peppered countless social media updates. Current...

Helping Others to Understand 0

Helping Others to Understand

Helping Others to Understand “I’m exhausted.”   “Oh, me too! I know exactly how you feel! I went to bed really late and haven’t had my coffee yet!”… Original Source: MS Connection (adsbygoogle =...

MS vs. Airport Assistance 0

MS vs. Airport Assistance

MS vs. Airport Assistance After our last holiday to Nashville, Tennessee, I had to do something about how I navigate the airport. I could not be ill on this holiday. Not like last time....

The Adequation Complex 0

The Adequation Complex

The Adequation Complex “One of the most important things to someone with a chronic illness is to be treated as an equal. Having MS does not make me any different than someone who does...

Lessons for My Children 0

Lessons for My Children

Lessons for My Children I still check on my boys every night—I don’t think they will ever be too old for me to peek in while they sleep, marveling at these gifts I have...

Rise Up 0

Rise Up

Rise Up Resilience is the capacity to recover from difficulties and finding your strength within. Where do I begin? I’m 39 years old and have been through my share of difficulties. If I’ve learned...

MS, Climate Change and Kiribati 0

MS, Climate Change and Kiribati

MS, Climate Change and Kiribati The date was October 24, 2007. It was my second year at the University of Pittsburg’s Anthropology Ph.D. program when MS hit. Within minutes of arriving at the school’s...