Happiness and MS

woman doing hand heart sign

In short, I felt like gutting my immune system from my entrails. My mind from my brain. And my eyes’ life experiences dunked in a glass jar filled with ethanol.

Life with MS. Nobody said it would be easy. Or, straightforward.

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Heat sensitivity and MS?

Blurred eye

2018 Winner Best Blog Post with ‘3443 Needles’, Blog Awards Ireland, Ashville Media Group, Dublin, Ireland ◾ MyTherapy: Multiple Sclerosis Blogs: 10 of the Best in 2019 ◾ Ireland Blog Awards: Finalist 2014, 2015, 2017 ◾ MyTherapy: Best MS Blog for Simplicity 2018 ◾ Everyday Health: Top 10 MS Blog of 2018 ◾ Feedspot: Top 50 MS Blog 2017, 2018, 2019 […]

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The duality of MS

Woman beach

In ever memory of physical betrayal and every second of dislike of my illness, I am still intrigued by its complexities and continue to care for all its nuts and bolts.

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Body image and MS: how many selfies do you have?

Woman hiding face

in reality, people have far more important things to think about than how you, me and the rest of the world looks, and I even if you were on their radar, they’ll have forgotten about you within the next ten minutes.

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Things that make you love and hate MS resolutions


“I must work towards a new set of ears,” I thought, blissfully unaware that getting these would be a herculean feat of biomechanical engineering. No matter how much I wished to exchange one of my senses because of bouts of noise intolerance, I had to retort to the usual, “Ah, the joys of life with MS” when laughing about another one of my MS-induced naps the following day.

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Bliss, the MS-way

Apple autumn

I long for autumn since the first few warm days. I long to walk in Phoenix Park, kicking up fallen leaves that have been building up under large oak trees. The changing of colours in nature is invigorating, it serves as a token that life goes on, that seasons come and go, each year bringing new fragrances and new stories waiting to unfold.

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💋 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 […]

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MS News: July 2016

The latest news on MS research, clinical trials, treatments, mental health, diet, exercise, lifestyle as well as business news and videos.

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I want…

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What you might not be aware of

“Walking on a staircase can be a bit of an E=mc2 moment in my life, meaning I can’t remember what those things at the end of my legs are for. They look cute in my tall Dr Martens boots, but every so often, I do wonder about them. Do I lift, drop or kick them sideways or not, or are they for decorative reasons only?”

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Hot town!

“There’s always the floor?” my mum asked. With a brain fried like a piece of KFC garbage, thinking intelligently seemed hard to do. “Of course there is always a floor, go figure!” But I was getting desperate, water streaming from me and no place to cool down. Aside from the floor, that is. Being away […]

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Debunking CCSVI, or not?

Last night I had the bright idea to write something about the frequently talked about, always fought over treatment for CCSVI, Chronic Cerebrospinal Venous Insufficiency, named so by Dr. Paolo Zamboni in 2008. According to Zamboni, he “cured” his wife of her own MS because he found a compromised flow of blood in her neck […]

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The worst snoring secret is out!

So yes… I snore. Considering how much weight I gained after too many MS steroid treatments, one side effect was completely overlooked. I am now the owner of a good habit of sounding like Miss Piggy at night. Steroid treatments should lift energy levels, not snoring. But I do… Like Miss Piggy.

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Philosophy of Friendship

Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend. Albert Camus An empty white page on my laptop. Too warm to write, too warm to make sense out of nonsense on my own. In fact, even when I’m […]

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Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live. (Jim Rohn) Being unwell? For those who only have an odd cold or flu, they believe they cannot possibly feel any worse. For those who battle cancer, ‘being unwell’ becomes a triumph over adversity if their treatment is successful. I often find […]

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Silver Linings

Although I wrote the following post and updated it a good while ago, the subject sometimes finds its way back into my mind and reveals itself as something “ugly”. After all, what can be uglier than death, than feeling yourself slip into darkness? If that was not ugly enough, thoughts about the actions of certain […]

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