• MS News: July 2016

    The latest news on MS research, clinical trials, treatments, mental health, diet, exercise, lifestyle as well as business news and videos. Continue reading

  • 40 Essential self-care strategies

    We all get preoccupied with our personal, social and professional life sometimes. In doing so, we often forget that self-care is quite important. After all, ‘mens sana in corpore sano’ or ‘a healthy mind in a healthy body’ is one … Continue reading

  • TN triggers, symptoms, examination & diagnosis

    “Other disorders that cause facial pain should be ruled out before trigeminal neuralgia is diagnosed. Some disorders that cause facial pain include postherpetic neuralgia (nerve pain following an outbreak of shingles), cluster headaches, and temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ, which causes pain and dysfunction in the jaw joint and muscles that control jaw movement). Most people with TN eventually will undergo a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan to rule out a tumour or multiple sclerosis as the cause of their pain.” Continue reading

  • Disability rights in Ireland, 3 years later

    “What’s even more bizarre, in November 2012, Ireland successfully campaigned for election to the Human Rights Council, yet it is still to ratify a convention that states that the rights of people with disabilities must be upheld. As a result, human rights are good for some in Ireland, but not for all. Oh, the irony of a health minister talking about inclusion.” Continue reading

Raw

ca363c0abfaa2290c1088f7fe8f55c4bSocial media often finds me gasping because of its reach, its intent and its questioning behaviour towards the mindset or possible readers.

Just now, after posting on Twitter about the content of my blog, I received a message from someone in Canada asking how raw my content, or even I, can get.

On my blog, ‘raw’ is A Powerful Letter to My MS; Death, A Fearful Thing?; Waiting and My Brother.

Others say that Let’s Be Frank; Ignorance; and Hope Cures Old Wounds are realistic enough to prove that life with a chronic illness is not just about being ill, but about society taking on a stance of someone’s illness also. When somebody receives a neurodegenerative diagnosis, the whole family immediately “becomes ill” as it will have an impact on the lives of those living with the person who was diagnosed. Not only that, each person affected will have a theory on what that illness should be like, and how you should handle it.  Continue reading

If you haven’t voted yet for Ireland, Multiple Sclerosis & Me in the 2016 Littlewoods Ireland Blog Awards, please do so now!

With astonishment, I found out that my blog is shortlisted in the Ireland Blog Awards.

To reach the final, public voting will take place until Tuesday 23rd August.

I would be massively inspired and humbled if you could help me reach the final. You can do so by clicking on the link above. You will be sent to the voting webpage where you can click on the ‘Vote for this Blog’ on the blue button on the right to register your vote.

Since the very beginning, my blog has been about quality over quantity, reality over fantasy and encouragement over impediment. There are brutally honest and heart-wrenching articles aimed to motivate other people with MS, as well as things to make you laugh. There are also posts that came straight from a personal need to vent about the injustice of the Irish political system, loved ones causing grief and my wish for a less ignorant world where selfishness speaks volumes.

Most of all, though, it is my aim to write easy to understand yet informative articles explaining all about MS, from its history, management, treatment, links to mental and emotional health organisations as well as essential reads, the best MS apps and much more.

Lastly, I want to say thanks to all those who keep returning, who keep reading my work and comment on my articles. If it weren’t for all of you, there would be no IMSMe. As a person who loves challenges, each day is a day spent on trying to improve not just my writing and subject knowledge, but through you, also myself.

Source: Please vote now for irelandms.com in the 2016 Littlewoods Ireland Blog Awards!

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© Willeke Van Eeckhoutte and Ireland, Multiple Sclerosis & Me, 2011-2016. Unauthorised use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or 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.

What causes MS?

Image Central Nervous SystemNewly diagnosed people find this the most frustrating and problematic question about MS. Neurologists and other healthcare providers consider it just as difficult having to tell someone that there is no known cause or cure yet.

Needless to say, the race to understand what causes MS is ongoing, and this will eventually lead to more efficient treatments and hopefully, cure and prevention.

In MS, the central nervous system – the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves – is affected. Nerve cells in the brain send signals throughout the body to control everything that happens, like movement, sensation, memory, cognition, and speech.

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Please vote now for irelandms.com in the 2016 Littlewoods Ireland Blog Awards!

With astonishment, I found out yesterday that my blog is shortlisted yet again in the Ireland Blog Awards.

To reach the final, public voting will take place from Wednesday 17th until Tuesday 23rd August alongside peer voting.

Therefore, I would be massively inspired and humbled if you could help me reach the final. You can do so by clicking on the pink link above or the image below and click on the ‘Vote for this Blog’ on the blue button on the right to register your vote for my little love child called Ireland, Multiple Sclerosis & Me.

Since the very beginning, it has been all about quality over quantity, reality over fantasy and encouragement over impediment. There have been brutally honest and heart-wrenching articles aimed to motivate other people with MS as well as things to make you laugh. There have been items that came straight from a personal need to vent about the injustice of the Irish political system, loved ones causing grief and my wish for a less ignorant world.

Most of all, though, it is my aim to write easy to understand yet informative articles explaining all about MS, from its history, management, treatment, links to mental and emotional health organisations as well as essential reads, the best MS apps and much more.

Lastly, I want to say thanks to all those who keep on reading my work and comment on my articles. If it weren’t for all of you, there would be no IMSMe. As a person who loves challenges, each day is a day spent on trying to improve not just my writing and subject knowledge, but also myself.

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© Willeke Van Eeckhoutte and Ireland, Multiple Sclerosis & Me, 2011-2016. Unauthorised use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or 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.

MS News: August 2016… so far

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Below are some MS-related topics that made the headlines this month. Do come back to check again, though, as the list will be updated every three days.

Highlight!

  1. Guidelines for Neuropsychological Research in Multiple Sclerosis
  2. Multiple Sclerosis Journal
  3. Johns Hopkins Medicine: Multiple Sclerosis
  4. Benign MS
  5. Multiple System Atrophy Research
  6. $2 Million Grant to Study Fatigue in People with MS
  7. What health conditions do people rank as worse than death?
  8. Multiple Sclerosis in Children

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Man up!

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During another stimulating chat with one of my ex-college friends, we found out that both our subject of non-admiration is Michael O’Reilly, one of Ireland’s Olympics boxing competitors who was sent home following a failed doping test during the first week of the Games. He knowingly travelled to Rio and although exempt from fighting for a title already, he kept silent for a week. Eventually, he admitted that he “unintentionally took a supplement that may have contained a prohibited substance given to him by someone unrelated to his team or association.”

Of course, by adding that he was “given the substance by someone else,” MOR is not taking full responsibility for the issue. It would be my understanding, though, that if you want to be an Olympic athlete, you don’t jeopardise your place by “unintentionally” taking things but also, that you need to be aware of everything that goes into your system. Passing on the blame in doping cases often smells like self-pity cloaked in a sense of entitlement and egotism. Continue reading

Oh, snap!

natalieburrows-pop-art-oops-ladyIf the meaning of my name was ‘a special kind of stupid’, I would carry mine with pride.

Last week, anything that resembled buttons, knobs or handles could be regarded as hazardous material. Alternatively, I could be perceived as such, and if something didn’t have a button or handle already, I could destroy imaginary ones also if I tried hard enough.

My button squabble was an ongoing, actual comedy of errors, Willeke’s style. Continue reading

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