“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 in 2005. It was awkward, puzzling and easier said than done. I read the small print on the back of the “what to expect” book and knew it wouldn’t be a 365-day holiday. But, my diagnosis taught me one thing: the notion that no matter what happens, life goes 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
Finalist Blog Awards Ireland 2017
#35 of the Top 50 MS Blogs on the Internet 2017
Finalist Ireland Blog Awards 2016
Longlisted Ireland Blog Awards 2015
Finalist Ireland Blog Awards 2014
Shortlisted Ireland Blog Awards 2013
Contributor Living Like You, the Novartis MS blog
Winner “Best Blog” at the PR News Social Media Award 2017
For IMSM awards, please click here.
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