Category: MS News

Habits – Friends and Foes 0

Habits – Friends and Foes

Habits – Friends and Foes I was lucky to attend this year’s annual meeting of the Consortium of MS Centers, held in late May in New Orleans. There were a lot...

My Support 0

My Support

My Support Taxes.   They are a part of our everyday life, from the dollar cup of coffee to the chasm that separates our salary and our take home money in...

Packing List Essentials For an Adventure 0

Packing List Essentials For an Adventure

Packing List Essentials For an Adventure As my trip to Europe with my mom and step-dad draws nearer, I’ve started to think about what I’m going to bring along. For me,...

Grinning Towards the Horizon 0

Grinning Towards the Horizon

Grinning Towards the Horizon The other day I wondered, where does the phrase “grin and bear it” come from? I had varied success in tracing its origin, but it appears...

The Adventure of a Lifetime 0

The Adventure of a Lifetime

The Adventure of a Lifetime Let me start by saying that I don’t have multiple sclerosis. I cannot profess to know first-hand the everyday struggles of living with the disease. Nonetheless,...

Not Alone 0

Not Alone

Not Alone I’ve tried many times to write about my story with multiple sclerosis, but every time, I can’t do it. Quite honestly, I don’t know what to say. I don’t...

You Can Always Do Something 0

You Can Always Do Something

You Can Always Do Something As I stood in the granite halls of the Maine State House near the end of my two terms as a representative, I felt an immense...

New Rehab Techniques in Motion at the AAN Meeting 0

New Rehab Techniques in Motion at the AAN Meeting

New Rehab Techniques in Motion at the AAN Meeting I recently joined the MS Society’s research team and in this new role, I am really excited to attend my first annual...

My First 270 Days 0

My First 270 Days

My First 270 Days As I sat home with that broken foot and yet another pair of crutches, I came to the hideous realization that even after my foot healed, I...

MS’ 9,585 Days 0

MS’ 9,585 Days

MS’ 9,585 Days MS used to have me. For a quarter of a century, I went to extraordinary lengths to hide my MS from everyone but my very closest family and...

Bounce Back 0

Bounce Back

Bounce Back “Lauren, once it’s gone, we’re not at a place medically where we can get it back.”   The “it” was the functioning of my right hand. The ability to...

Recognizing Your Lucky Charm 0

Recognizing Your Lucky Charm

Recognizing Your Lucky Charm Clare was gardening in her backyard when she saw it: a giant, vivid rainbow spanning across the sky. Clare’s eyes widened. She’d been waiting her whole life...

Don't Sweat the MS 0

Don't Sweat the MS

Don’t Sweat the MS Don’t sweat the small stuff. That’s how the saying goes, right? But what if the seemingly smaller aspects of your life are actually the ones that...

Unaware of All the Invisible Things 0

Unaware of All the Invisible Things

Unaware of All the Invisible Things I spent my twenties angry that my thighs were not thinner and my abs were not flatter. Sometimes I try to calculate how many hours...

How long have you been sick? 0

How long have you been sick?

How long have you been sick? “How long have you been sick?” she asked. “Oh, I’m not sick,” I responded. The dental assistant who was taking my information looked...

Ending Up in a Wheelchair 0

Ending Up in a Wheelchair

Ending Up in a Wheelchair “Not all patients with MS end up in a wheelchair.” I first heard this phrase the day I was diagnosed. “I don’t want to end up...

Choose Your Own Adventure: A Day in the Life 0

Choose Your Own Adventure: A Day in the Life

Choose Your Own Adventure: A Day in the Life One of my favorite books when I was a kid was a Choose Your Own Adventure book, in which I chased Carmen...

Five Ways to Healthier Holidays 0

Five Ways to Healthier Holidays

Five Ways to Healthier Holidays Staying on a diet can be tough even under the best of conditions — which holiday gatherings of family and friends definitely aren’t. But there are...

Becoming Superwoman 0

Becoming Superwoman

Becoming Superwoman Do you remember what it felt like to stand atop a skyscraper, strap on your cape, and soar through the clouds? You were invincible. Do you remember? I...

Finding Your New Normal 0

Finding Your New Normal

Finding Your New Normal It’s 9 am on a Friday morning as I sit patiently awaiting an IV so I can begin my infusion. I make small talk with the nurses...