Who am I?

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

I am only one, but I am one.
I cannot do everything, but I can do something.
And I will not let what I cannot do
interfere with what I can do.
(Edward Everett Hale)

I admit, I am the quirky one of the bunch. The more physical pains I have, the more I want to live. The more MS gets in my way, the more I want to feel, achieve and succeed.

Writing is constantly on my mind, as is reading. After all, I spent half my childhood in the company of books, and after doing library studies, worked in one before moving abroad.

Originally from Belgium and born with a Flemish dialect, I learned Dutch, French and English in that order. However, Ireland has been home since 2002, and yes, I’m still loving it. Big time. After all, living in Ireland was a teenage dream that turned into reality. Thirteen years later, Ireland is still the biggest love of my life.

Sadly, 2,5 years after moving over, I was diagnosed with relapsing/remitting multiple sclerosis. Severe fatigue and trigeminal neuralgia were and still are disobedient at times, but no steep decline has emerged. Ten years post-diagnosis, life’s good despite chronic pain and having to live life the slow way. This is proof that retiring from work was the best thing I ever did.

Whenever I feel well enough to write, I turn my pen into a peaceful weapon of choice, and raise awareness about the difficulties of life with an invisible illness like MS. By doing so, I found that the pen can be mightier than a sword. I hope my writing will lead to more successful advocacy attempts, and a book with all those remarkable Irish moments that captured my heart, and those difficult moments coming to terms with an illness that cannot be cured.


Ireland Blog Awards 2014 – finalist in the following categories: Best Health & Wellbeing Blog; Best Personal Blog; Best Blog Post; and in the Best Group Blog as part of the Irish MS Society’s blog team. Certificates here.

Ireland Blog Awards 2013 – shortlisted in the Best Personal Blog category


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  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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