Category: Health


MS Treatments (July 2017)

 First-line treatment Interferon beta-1b Extavia (Novartis) Betaferon (Bayer) The first drug that was approved for treatment of MS, interferon beta-1b inflammation in the central nervous system. Injectable The most common side effects include injection site reactions and GI symptoms, such as stomach pain, constipation, and diarrhoea Interferon beta-1a Avonex (Biogen) Rebif (Serono) An injectable medication, interferon beta-1a reduces inflammation, possibly through the reduction of T cell production and … Read More MS Treatments (July 2017)

UNCRPD in Ireland – begging for change

Over the years, many extraordinary, inspiring people with disabilities have shown how they have rocked the world in their unique way. What the likes of Trump might regard as incompetence, I have seen extremely able, courageous people who have raised the bar not only for themselves but for others as well. They are living proof that having a disability is not the end of the road. There is, in fact, a whole world ahead of you. It might be good to remember these strong words from Michelle Obama, “When they go low, we go high.”

💋 Kiss Goodbye to MS 2017 💋

I agree it has been fairly quiet here. A lot has happened the past few months which required the usual RRS, the almighty Rest, Relaxation, and Sleep. New things are still taking shape, so do hang around or drop me an email. 💋💋💋 Pucker up in the meantime in February! Go RED to KISS GOODBYE TO MS, the global fundraising campaign, supported by MS … Read More 💋 Kiss Goodbye to MS 2017 💋

Trigeminal Neuralgia infochart

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Some oomph along the way!

Many women will agree, and perhaps a few men also, that great shoes have a way of lifting your mood. My left foot in fact, stopped yelping shortly after I was told that Dr Martens boots would substantially improve my old and new Achilles tendon injuries as well as my gait. Well… Who can deny, indeed, just how the esteemed Dr Martens keeps on … Read More Some oomph along the way!


“There is indeed no shame in being depressed. It can happen to any of us, for any reason and at any time. Nobody is protected from those deep, dark clouds in your mind. Inspired by my friend’s words and strength, I hope to keep the circle of hope for better days going. When all is said and done, let’s be the heroes of our own darkest of days.”

Medical Websites

Cleveland Clinic eMedicine Health Everyday Health Johns Hopkins Medicine Mayo Clinic MedlinePlus Updated: June 27th, 2017 © Willeke Van Eeckhoutte and Ireland, Multiple Sclerosis & Me, 2011-2017. 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 … Read More Medical Websites

Misty Monday

Right now I’m in from some kind of self-inflicted, being-stuck-syndrome. Thankfully, it only happens a few times a year. I am gasping for air and checking if I’m still alive every 10 seconds. It’s stifling my bones and putting my knickers in a twist. So I am listening to Lady Gaga. To lift my spirits.

The Spoon Theory

Today I was reminded of a story I heard of a few years ago about a girl who lives with lupus and who tries to explain to a friend what life with a chronic illness, especially fatigue, is like. It is told in a very powerful and imaginative way that will hopefully shed a better light on how fatigue affects people living with MS, … Read More The Spoon Theory

Slowing down

A friend sent me this picture this evening as a reminder that I need to take a step back from writing, reading, advocating and generally helping others so I can “get better” again. We all know people with MS do not “get better” but I understood his reasoning… I need to sleep more,  relax more and stop running around like a crazy chick (also … Read More Slowing down

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