Category: MS News

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...

Life as We Know it 0

Life as We Know it

Life as We Know it I recently walked our two boys to town to get pizza, and I ran into another mother from the neighborhood. She was alone and brining pizza home for her kids...

How a Shirt Can Make All the Difference 0

How a Shirt Can Make All the Difference

How a Shirt Can Make All the Difference So, this is one of those blogs you may or may not completely agree with.   Now, don’t get me wrong—I know a shirt or pair...

When Fatherhood Meets MS 0

When Fatherhood Meets MS

When Fatherhood Meets MS It bothers me. I want to do more. Be part of more. See more. And I think, for any father, the “more” is what truly matters. It’s being there for...

Is This MS? 0

Is This MS?

Is This MS? There was one thing to always look forward to on sick days when I was a child, other than staying home from school. It was watching The Price is Right. A...

You Are Not Alone: MS and Incontinence 0

You Are Not Alone: MS and Incontinence

You Are Not Alone: MS and Incontinence Because MS affects the central nervous system, it’s difficult to predict what symptoms each person will have. MS can cause complications with vision, muscle control, balance and...

“Because She’s Sick” 0

“Because She’s Sick”

“Because She’s Sick” Have you ever experienced someone else’s ignorance or intolerance about your MS? Have you ever had someone make you feel different or isolated from the rest of the world? Well you...

MS & Movement 0

MS & Movement

MS & Movement One of the things I love about attending the Annual Meeting of the Consortium of MS Centers is how many studies focus on pinpointing problems in the daily lives of people...

This Side of Hope 0

This Side of Hope

This Side of Hope My mom has lived with MS since her 20s. She was diagnosed before I was born, so MS has always been something that is a “normal” part of my life....

Mom Duty: Fatigue Edition 0

Mom Duty: Fatigue Edition

Mom Duty: Fatigue Edition The story is always the same.   Mom goes away for the weekend—either for a getaway with friends, or maybe to attend a conference. The trip itself is great. Mom...

Bringing Us Closer 0

Bringing Us Closer

Bringing Us Closer Living with MS can sometimes feel like you’re stranded on an island by yourself. People who don’t have MS might not fully understand what you’re going through, and others living with...

A Journey of Hope 0

A Journey of Hope

A Journey of Hope It was a beautiful summer day. I was riding my bike and my wife, Kathy, was walking. When we met back at our starting point, she said to me, “I’m...

Family Vacation 0

Family Vacation

Family Vacation Growing up, I sometimes got a little bummed that I was born five days before Christmas. It felt like my birthday, compared to my brothers, was rushed and forgotten. I was never...

Thinking About Emotional Wellness 0

Thinking About Emotional Wellness

Thinking About Emotional Wellness Last week, I attended the American Academy of Neurology meeting in Los Angeles. There were several studies presented on aspects of emotional health, and it got me thinking about how...

The Past and Future of MRI in MS 0

The Past and Future of MRI in MS

The Past and Future of MRI in MS Most people who have been diagnosed with MS have had at least one MRI scan done of their brain. Having a scan can be a strange...

Dealing with Literal Loneliness 0

Dealing with Literal Loneliness

Dealing with Literal Loneliness Being diagnosed with MS at any age is never fun, but when you’re a young person diagnosed with MS, it seems to change more in your mind than just myelin!...

The Heart of Service 0

The Heart of Service

The Heart of Service I often divide my life with MS into two parts: BC (Before Chair) and AD (After Disability). I was diagnosed with MS in 1988, the beginning of BC. At the...