Category: Multiple Sclerosis Association of America Guest Bloggers

Changing Family Traditions for the Better 0

Changing Family Traditions for the Better

Changing Family Traditions for the Better By Stacie Prada I love family traditions. They’re unique to each family, and they bond us to each other. Sometimes it isn’t until we’re older that we realize...

The Stillness of Christmas 0

The Stillness of Christmas

The Stillness of Christmas By Alene Brennan In the midst of the holidays, with all of the shopping, decorating and parties, there is a moment when all is well. A moment when the chaos...

Being Slow Isn’t a Bad Thing 0

Being Slow Isn’t a Bad Thing

Being Slow Isn’t a Bad Thing By Penelope Conway Is it time for bed yet? That was my first thought as I woke up this morning. I glanced at the clock and it was...

You Are Stressing Me Out! 0

You Are Stressing Me Out!

You Are Stressing Me Out! By Lauren Kovacs I admit that I am not always great at this. My approach to stress changes like the wind.  Each issue or event is assigned its own...

Talking with Healthcare Professionals About Nutrition 0

Talking with Healthcare Professionals About Nutrition

Talking with Healthcare Professionals About Nutrition By Alene Brennan “Eat whatever you want, it’s not going to make a difference.” I had heard the line from doctors before but this time it was different....

Remembering I’m the Boss for My Health Care Professional Team 0

Remembering I’m the Boss for My Health Care Professional Team

Remembering I’m the Boss for My Health Care Professional Team By Stacie Prada When I think of all the health care professionals I’ve seen in the last thirty years, it overwhelms me.  When I...

Making MS the Punch Line 0

Making MS the Punch Line

Making MS the Punch Line By Doug Ankerman Finding humor in situations is what I did WAY before multiple sclerosis became my dance partner.  Writing jokes and doing stand-up comedy about the oddities of...

MS Humor, Maybe. 0

MS Humor, Maybe.

MS Humor, Maybe. By Lauren Kovacs Funny, not so funny. I know MS is really a mean demon. It tries to throw peanuts at you like a demented circus clown. I hate clowns. Try...

I Have Multiple Sclerosis and I Still Smile 0

I Have Multiple Sclerosis and I Still Smile

I Have Multiple Sclerosis and I Still Smile By Penelope Conway When terrible things happen, one of the first things to disappear in the chaos is laughter. Somehow all the smiles and giggles that...

Laughter Is Essential When Living with a Chronic Illness 0

Laughter Is Essential When Living with a Chronic Illness

Laughter Is Essential When Living with a Chronic Illness By Stacie Prada Sometimes feeling crummy and being overwhelmed makes a person forget to do things that didn’t take any thought when they felt well. ...

How I Find Laughter in the Face of MS 0

How I Find Laughter in the Face of MS

How I Find Laughter in the Face of MS By Alene Brennan Incurable. Degenerative. Chronic. The weight of the words is heavy. The reality of living with them is even heavier. We can easily...

Flying With One Wing 0

Flying With One Wing

Flying With One Wing By Doug Ankerman For me, traveling with multiple sclerosis (and being in a wheelchair) has never been a problem. I’ve rolled through airports with every conceivable three-letter combination in the...

Bon Voyage 0

Bon Voyage

Bon Voyage By Lauren Kovacs Most of us with MS see travel as a visit to an energy sucking monster.  At least, it is a trip I avoid. Ok, fine, my voyages include a...

Traveling with Multiple Sclerosis Isn’t Always Easy 0

Traveling with Multiple Sclerosis Isn’t Always Easy

Traveling with Multiple Sclerosis Isn’t Always Easy By Penelope Conway Before multiple sclerosis came along I was an avid traveler. At different times I even lived and worked In Germany, France, Mexico and Jamaica....

Top 3 Must-Have Travel Accessories this Summer 0

Top 3 Must-Have Travel Accessories this Summer

Top 3 Must-Have Travel Accessories this Summer By Alene Brennan Just because you have MS doesn’t mean you can’t have fun in the sun. MS or not, you want to enjoy summer vacations, barbeques...

What do you do when you don’t know what to do? 0

What do you do when you don’t know what to do?

What do you do when you don’t know what to do? By Penelope Conway My life turned into a whirlwind of chaos after I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. I was faced with more...

Sneaky Alternatives 0

Sneaky Alternatives

Sneaky Alternatives By Lauren Kovacs Alternative approaches to MS are pretty personal. Many of us will try just about anything to add to our medication routine. Short of crazy stuff like putting fried eggs...

Beyond Doctor’s Orders: Considering Complementary and Alternative Treatments for Healing 0

Beyond Doctor’s Orders: Considering Complementary and Alternative Treatments for Healing

Beyond Doctor’s Orders: Considering Complementary and Alternative Treatments for Healing By Stacie Prada Living with an illness with no proven cure leads me to treat myself as a guinea pig.  I read about the...

The Underground World of MS: Part 2 0

The Underground World of MS: Part 2

The Underground World of MS: Part 2 By Alene Brennan How to Navigate the Underground World of MS Being the invisible disease that it is, multiple sclerosis can make you feel like you’re living...