About IMSM

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

Willeke profile pictureI 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


Ireland, Multiple Sclerosis & Me uses information sourced from quality health-related websites or Wikipedia and is regularly checked for updated versions.

This website does not:

Ψ Publish health claims that seem too good to be true
Ψ Use deliberately obscure, “scientific” sounding language
Ψ Promise quick, dramatic, miraculous results

For more info, please contact willeke@irelandms.com

Updated: June 14th, 2018


© Willeke Van Eeckhoutte and Ireland, Multiple Sclerosis & Me, 2011-2018.

 

60 thoughts on “About IMSM

  1. Hi Willeke, thanks for following my blog which brought me to your wonderful website. Thanks for spreading optimism. I will keep visiting your posts.

    Sincerely,

  2. Thanks for following my blog. I’ve returned the favor. This is a timely meeting. I’ve just finished reading a profile of Ultra-runner-with-MS Shannon Farar-Griefer, and it left me with lots of questions… which it seems likely that you’re going to answer. Looking forward to my education and getting to know you,

  3. Thought I’d pop over and say Hi to welcome you aboard Pensitivity101. Thanks for the follow. Comments are always welcome, so hope something somewhere amongst my musings will interest, bemuse, or amuse you.

  4. 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! :)

  5. 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!

  6. 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,
    lisa

  7. 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.

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