• [Throwback Thursday] Balancing life and a chronic illness

    Oh, you can bet I am willing, I am usually more than willing. When physical restraints curb your potential, you realise that you want so more from your own life, and out of your own reality. Life is moving forward outside your medically induced world, and you feel annoyed when healthy people don’t realise the worth of their bodies, their unused potential. It simply reminds you that being chronically ill sucks. Continue reading

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  • Hell is other people

    “The best lesson I ever taught myself was that “What you think, you become.” I refused to let being unhappy define me or let it shape my mindset for the rest of my life. In gaining happiness and trust again, I also learned to anticipate the outcome of whatever I decided in life. After all, happiness, hope and trust are 100% up to you, and you alone.” Continue reading

  • Being real!

    Despite chronic pain and fatigue issues, I am making the best of my life, and I am doing everything possible to be the best version of myself as I can be. All I ask of you is some understanding of what I am going through, and know that every bad day is only making me stronger. Some days, though, I want you to hold my hand or hug me and tell me that everything will be OK. Continue reading

  • Man up!

    “The more you struggle to live, the less you live. Give up the notion that you must be sure of what you are doing. Instead, surrender to what is real within you, for that alone is sure… you are above everything distressing.” (Baruch Spinoza) Continue reading

  • A powerful letter to my MS

    “I thought you were just another Monday morning case when you walked in,” my consultant said, followed by lots of apologies and the promise that I would be very well taken care of.” Continue reading

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For more on memory and thinking, click on the above image (©MS Ireland)

Every so often, people say things that shouldn’t be said.

Literally.

Some things just shouldn’t.

Us humans – living, breathing, excessively addictive to social media – have to endure the result of a very selfishly applied verb.

We communicate. And not always very well.

In fact, I am sure your brain-to-mouth filter runs into trouble every so often, and you have suffered from that same technical glitch just as much as I have.

We just cannot take back our words.

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MS News: March 2017

Please allow me some nepotism and introduce you to the honourable American/Irish author and my friend Trevis Gleason! He penned a fantastic, witty, humorous and moving memoir about a very unexpected MS diagnosis, ending an old and starting a new career and fulfilling his dream of living in Ireland. You can buy his book here:

  1. Chef Interrupted: Discovering Life’s Second Course in Ireland with Multiple Sclerosis

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Highlight still on American Healthcare Act, the replacement plan for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) released by Congress on March 6, 2017

  1. Society Releases Statement on American Health Care Act
  2. National MS Society Urges Lawmakers to Oppose American Health Care Act
  3. Reducing Out-of-Pocket Cost Barriers to Specialty Drug Use Under Medicare Part D: Addressing
  4. Researchers find patients’ annual financial burden under Medicare Part D is ‘too much too soon’

New book by the honourable American/Irish author and friend Trevis Gleason!

  1. Chef Interrupted: Discovering Life’s Second Course in Ireland with Multiple Sclerosis

Highlight!

  1. Blood Diagnostic Test for Multiple Sclerosis to be Released in May 2017

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[Throwback Thursday] Balancing life and a chronic illness

Oh, you can bet I am willing, I am usually more than willing. When physical restraints curb your potential, you realise that you want so more from your own life, and out of your own reality. Life is moving forward outside your medically induced world, and you feel annoyed when healthy people don’t realise the worth of their bodies, their unused potential.

It simply reminds you that being chronically ill sucks.

It’s energy being depleted in all the wrong places. There is no uptake to being ill. There is no room for maneuvering when you’re faced with an illness that will -quite literally- be there until you draw your last breath. Do take it from someone who’s already stared death in the face because of it; it is so not all it’s cracked up to be, honey.

To read the whole post, please go to: Balancing life and a chronic illness

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UNCRPD, Ireland’s ten-year moral outrage

Ad nauseam.

Ah yes, you know the term.

In proper Wikipedia language, it reads “An argument or other discussion that has continued ‘to [the point of] nausea.” In Irish slang, “We are bloody well tired of talking or hearing about it.”

And that, dear reader, we are. Severely sick and tired of hearing that the Irish government will ratify the UNCRPD by a specified date, only to find out that they very silently forgot to live by that promise. Needless to say, having the gift of the gab in Dáil Éireann is an advantage, yet those we elected to represent our very needs refuse to use that gift when it matters most. Continue reading

0% responsibility – 100% accountability

1ebc241f7cb451636a9ff3ccedcf4945Imagine this… Some time ago you were finally able to give answers to these two questions, “Who am I, and what is my purpose in life?” While admitting the questions were rather philosophical as well as personal, you are suddenly thrown back to square one, and you once again want to find out who and what.

Ouch.

Like most people, my answers came and went as every meaningful tide in life left a new imprint on my senses. Continue reading

MS News: February 2017

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Highlight! What if Obamacare (Affordable Care Act) is repealed?

  1. Big Pharma’s offer to Trump: Discounts when drugs don’t work
  2. Advanced Curriculum for Multiple Sclerosis ’17: ACTRIMS Forum
  3. Patients Value Obamacare More Than General Public and Oppose Its Repeal, Survey Says
  4. Patient groups fear Obamacare repeal could undo protections for sickest Americans
  5. Most with Chronic Conditions Find Affordable Care Act Beneficial, Poll Shows
  6. Travel ban has serious medical consequences (Opinion)

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Single and chronically ill on Valentine’s Day?

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So, you’re single.

And chronically ill.

On Valentine’s Day.

But, what the heck, you don’t care.

You don’t care because you’re an alpha-woman even when you sometimes feel like a z-woman… zonked out on meds on the couch.

You don’t care because, seriously, you don’t have to go shopping to find sexy lingerie that’ll only cut off your air supply while wearing it.

You don’t care because you know that the only thing you can find in a chocolate box is a raised BMI.

You don’t care because you don’t thrive on baggage left behind by old flames. Continue reading

UNCRPD in Ireland – begging for change

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The last few months, I’ve read and watched more political news about Donald Trump than I could stomach. As a result, shortcut rambling and biased vernacular on Twitter now linger in my own vocabulary when I try to write.

While it is true that you cannot bring about transformation by using blank expressions or hyped-up buzzwords that portray unfairness, ignorance and baseless conjecture, there is a limit to what is morally and personally allowed. It’s fair to say, so, that I have never been so amazed and shocked by any politician in such a short time frame. More annoyingly, because I love psychology so much, I keep going back because I want to know more about Trump’s state of mind.

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