“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me lay an invincible summer.” (Albert Camus)
I am Willeke-Maya, a quirky, tenacious and neurologically compromised female expat living in Ireland since 2002.
MS knocked on my door 2005. It was awkward, puzzling, easier said than done, and the type of illness that carries this tagline, “The illness is mine, but the tragedy theirs,” when asked how your family feels about your condition. Buzzwords that don’t exactly calm down an overactive mind.
Any illness is unwelcome, that much we can agree on. MS can strike in so many different ways that your life often resembles a war zone. When I entered the MS academy, I read the small print and knew it wouldn’t be a 365-day holiday. But, if one good thing has come from being diagnosed ten years ago, it’s the perception that no matter what happens, life goes on.
And boy, does it go on. Since then, life became more imaginative, engaging and determined.
IMSM grew from the desire to convey optimism through writing in 2011. By sharing thoughts, hopes and fears, it turned into a mix of personal stories and info about MS.
Through sheer luck of the Irish, I received an invitation to write for Novartis’s MS blog ‘Living Like You’ in 2014. Soon after, the Irish MS Society added my name to their list of writers to provide content for their own blog ‘MS & Me’ (not to be confused with the title of my own blog).
Nominations and awards
Top 50 MS Blog To Follow in 2018, awarded by Feedspot
Top 10 Best MS Blog in 2018, awarded by Everyday Health
Top 50 MS Blogs on the Internet 2017, awarded by Feedspot
Finalist Blog Awards Ireland 2017
Finalist Ireland Blog Awards 2016
Longlisted Ireland Blog Awards 2015
Finalist Ireland Blog Awards 2014
Shortlisted Ireland Blog Awards 2013
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