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While I was sleeping…

NapThursday, February 4th, 2016

I just broke the self-proclaimed and utterly shameful record of nap-time during the day.

Six hours and thirty minutes, give or take.

During that time, the Irish election race transformed into kindergarten battleground antics and in the U.S. Donald Trump was still vying for that eternally white house somewhere iwan Washington D.C. Elections generally are a mad dash trying to get into the minds of people willing to vote. I wonder if his toupéé agrees with him.

Saturday, February 6th, 2016

Eventually, those 6h30 turned into quite some time between the sheets, and to this day, is still ongoing. Add some fierce facial and eye pain to the mix, and you forget everything and everybody.

This morning ended with half an eye on Shetland on the BBC, and ended in dreaming of Ireland in my bed in Ireland, having fallen asleep within the starting ten minutes of the program. Clocking time, two hours and some fifteen minutes.

This afternoon, as desperately as I wanted to see the start of the Six Nations Championships in rugby, I was asleep – yet again.

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Positive MS News: January 2016



  1. Multiple sclerosis in 2015: Managing the complexity of multiple sclerosis
  2. Cancer Treatment Shows “Remarkable” Ability to Reverse Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms

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Let’s be frank


“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.”
(Charles Swindoll)

If you’re running behind on making a few new year’s resolutions, or perhaps call them ‘new year’s illusions’ by now instead, all is not lost. There are small things you can work on every day of the year.

Given its absurd sense of unpredictability, life with MS is challenging at the best of times. Anything turbulent added to it, and it soon becomes a slalom course with so many twists and turns that each one seems icier than the ones before. Continue reading

Whát?! 2015 in review!

The WordPress.com statistics monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

With a total of 22,599 views from 13,765 visitors in 137 countries in 2015 and with 1,857 followers so far, I cannot be any happier. Writing and posting has been slow the last few months, but I will be back soon enough with new, hopefully inspiring and helpful content.

Thank you each and everyone of you who found your way to my writing, and please do let me know if you have any tips or questions on billie@irelandms.com

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 22,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 8 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Responsibility hurts


Fabulous for those who own it, bad for those who don’t.

I am one of those people who quickly feels guilty about having to cancel hospital or advocacy appointments when I’m too unwell to leave the house. It might be innate, or it might just be one of those famous Irish guilt-trip things that are attached to my dwindling Belgian roots. Either way, I often “suffer” from feeling “over-responsible” when I fail to do something.

After watching Dole Life, a program on Irish television about the difficulties young adults face trying to find (and keep) a job, the topic of responsibility and maturity was on everybody’s lips the following days and weeks. Shauna (Jake) had just started a new job, yet in the first week of her employment, she arrived late for four consecutive days. She said coming out as transgender was the reason for being late, but her reasoning didn’t help her cause, and it might, in fact, have turned more people against her than she intended to. Continue reading

Positive MS News: November 2015


  1. Multiple sclerosis health news roundup 2015: MS prevention and treatment breakthroughs
  2. Study To Test Impact Of Chocolate On Multiple Sclerosis Fatigue
  3. Oxford Brookes to Study if Chocolate Could Actually Help Cure Multiple Sclerosis
  4. Chocolate could ease multiple sclerosis symptoms

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Giving Tuesday!

Multiple Sclerosis Ireland – Please donate to support the outstanding services the only MS Care Centre in Ireland offers to people with MS, and keep its much-needed respite care going!

Happy giving!

Image thumbnail About MeAbout Willeke

Willeke is a disability awareness advocate and originator of Ireland, Multiple Sclerosis & Me. She actively writes for other people’s blogs as well as for the MS Society of Ireland blog, and in doing so, raise awareness about life with multiple sclerosis at home and abroad. Connect with her on Twitter and Facebook.  Also check her new blog Kick-Ass Ireland.

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Imagine this… You are chronically ill, but every time you have a physical setback, your body can heal itself without input from your GP, neurologists, hospitals…

Our mind has the power to heal heartache and/or to show strength in times of need, yet our bodies lack that magnificent paradox. The answer lies in how we look at our emotions; are they your friend, or foe? And how do you view your physical body?

After some feeble attempts trying to write a few paragraphs the past few weeks, I was sent back to the drawing board after each occasion. Not good enough. Already done this. Needs more research. Too tired. Continue reading

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