Who am I?


“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that
within me there lay an invincible summer.”
(Albert Camus)



Independent patient advocate and ex-pat living in Ireland for a good while now. How long? Let’s just say that around day 4800, I stopped counting. Life was and still is full of possibilities.

Two and a half years after my arrival, I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Dreams came to a bit of a halt, but since then life became more imaginative, engaging, determined, cheerful and rebellious. Some things I let go of, others I picked up again, like writing, watching rugby games, photography and drinking coffee.

I’m a seeing-is-believing type of person. Often suffer from verbal diarrhoea and fingerrhea (the written equivalent of verbal diarrhoea). Analytic. Alternative. Quirky. Realistic critic. Smartass.

In short. I am me.


Ireland Blog Awards 2013 – with own blog – shortlisted in the Best Personal Blog category.

Ireland Blog Awards 2014 – with own blog – finalist in the following three categories: Best Health & Wellbeing Blog; Best Personal Blog; Best Blog Post. Certificates here.

Ireland Blog Awards 2015 – with own blog – longlisted in the Best Health & Wellbeing Blog.


MS & Me blog MSIIreland Blog Awards 2014 – as contributor to MS Ireland’s Community MS & Me Blog – finalist in the Best Group Blog.

Ireland Blog Awards 2015 – as contributor to MS Ireland’s Community MS & Me Blog – Silver medal in the Best Health & Wellbeing category.

Find blog posts written for MS Ireland here.


© Willeke Van Eeckhoutte and Ireland, Multiple Sclerosis & Me, 2011-2016. Unauthorized use and duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and owner are strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Willeke Van Eeckhoutte and Ireland, Multiple Sclerosis & Me with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.


  1. Mark Aldrich says:

    Thank you for nominating The Gad About Town (http://thegadabouttown.wordpress.com/) for the Liebster Award … I promise to do my best to maintain standards of excellence. Your blog and your work as an advocate are inspiring me to do more about ataxia and neuromuscular disease awareness issues with my blog. I love the connections I have made in only a couple months as a blogger.


  2. hey from ecuador
    thanks for the pingback (smiles) and i am glad to see your blog and read about your life. a very long time ago i had a ‘possible’ diagnosis of MS so i have special empathy for anyone who has made life changes becasue of MS. i think/hope that aspartame was the trigger in my own body, and aside from fatigue, i have had no more symptoms. yes, i fall asleep anytime anywhere and sometimes wonder if it’s narcolepsy…

    anyway, i am delighted to find your blog and will be following. my internet is very very slow, so many times i might be able to read but not comment or like, but i’ll be there when possible to follow your progress.

    thanks again,


  3. janeybgood says:

    I’m glad that I have found your blog. My father has MS, and I have done some fundraising with him.

    I’m also living in Ireland and like you, I couldn’t attend the Blog Awards (for a different reason: I’m epileptic).

    Your blog looks amazing! You have put so much work into it, it’s a pity you didn’t win but wasn’t it just wonderful to be a finalist?

    I’m looking forward to reading more!


  4. MSer says:

    hello, i’m loving your blog, thank you for sharing. Both my dad and I have MS, i think that puts me in an extremely small minority so I am looking for others in the same situation! :)

    Liked by 1 person

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