Multiple Sclerosis Ireland & Novartis Blog awards!

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 “Hhmm… I can’t remember writing that!” mix of personal stories and info about MS.

15589510_10154370600359022_7296656978801808848_nThrough 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).

Winning awards was something we didn’t set out to do. But we did, eventually.

In 2014, ‘MS & Me’ was a finalist in the Ireland Blog Awards, alongside my own blog.

In 2015, ‘MS & Me’ won a silver award at the same Awards in the Corporate Best Health & Wellness category.

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Back soon!

Writing has been a bit slow lately.
New content will find its way to IMSM soon!

In the meantime, why not catch up with these posts…

A powerful letter to my MS
Balancing life and a chronic illness
Ignorance
Humans Multiple Sclerosis
Paper dreams
UNCRPD, Ireland’s ten-year moral outrage
UNCRPD in Ireland – begging for change


© 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 Van Eeckhoutte and Ireland, Multiple Sclerosis & Me with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

 

MS Treatments (July 2017)

 First-line treatment

  1. 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
  2. Interferon beta-1a
    Avonex (Biogen)
    Rebif (Serono)
    An injectable medication, interferon beta-1a reduces inflammation, possibly through the reduction of T cell production and also reduction of inflammatory cells in the CNS. Like interferon beta- 1b, it is believed to prevent the crossing of inflammatory cells through the blood-brain barrier
    Injectable
    The most common side effects include injection site reactions and fevers
  3. Glatiramer acetate (Copaxone by Teva)
    This immunomodulator is used to prevent relapses.
    Subcutaneous injectable
    The most common side effects include injection site reactions, fevers, double vision, weakness, and swelling of the hands or feet
  4. Dimethyl Fumarate (Tecfidera by Biogen)
    This works as an anti-inflammatory by blocking cytokine induction.
    Oral medication
    The most common side effects include flushing, rash, and GI symptoms
  5. Peginterferon beta-1a (Plegridy by Biogen)
    Similar to interferon is believed to have an extended duration.
    Injectable
    The most common side effects include injection site reactions, fevers. and joint pain
  6. Daclizumab (Zinbryta by Biogen)
    This medication is believed to reduce T cells. The suggested mechanism is through binding to the IL- 2 T cell receptors
    Subcutaneous injectable
    The most common side effects include upper respiratory tract infection and skin rash
  7. Teriflunomide (Aubagio by Sanofi Genzyme)
    This immunomodulatory drug is believed to work by inhibiting the proliferation of T cells and B cells.
    Oral medication
    It may cause abnormal liver tests, flu-like symptoms, and thinning hair

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MS News: May 2017

 

2017 Meeting American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

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Oh my god, I am (so not) dying!

You know you’re on to something when you recognise your medical file from afar, even when it’s tucked between 15 other colourful medical records.

Sadly, this is a fact that even World MS Day on Wednesday, May 30th can’t heal. Nevertheless, as a global community of approximately 2.3 million people with MS, being part of the solution – a.k.a. spreading awareness and pushing for a cure – can be infinitely rewarding. On WMSD, I feel an even greater purpose to be part of that solution, whether it is by attending disability-related meetings and spreading the word afterwards, or simply by becoming more conscious of the problems people with MS and other disabilities are facing in the world today.

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Paper dreams

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Have you ever wondered, “What exactly is my purpose on our little shining blue ball floating around in our vast universe?”

Have you?

Congratulations, so have I!

It took me the better part of my teenage years – if not very young adult life – to get to the stage where I thought, “Yes! Eureka! Yes, I found out what I am doing here!”

Translated, it sounded more like this, “I know where I am going to live!”

Part of the master plan that had been hiding in my unconscious mind had already been set in motion, albeit drifting rebelliously between my conscious and the harder to access unconscious level, before mischievously appearing again.

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Jammed filter!

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For more on memory and thinking, click on the above image (©MS Ireland)

Every so often, people say things that shouldn’t be said.

Literally.

Some things just shouldn’t.

Us humans – living, breathing, excessively addictive to social media – have to endure the result of a very selfishly applied verb.

We communicate. And not always very well.

In fact, I am sure your brain-to-mouth filter runs into trouble every so often, and you have suffered from that same technical glitch just as much as I have.

We just cannot take back our words.

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MS News: March 2017

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Highlight still on American Healthcare Act, the replacement plan for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) released by Congress on March 6, 2017

  1. Society Releases Statement on American Health Care Act
  2. National MS Society Urges Lawmakers to Oppose American Health Care Act
  3. Reducing Out-of-Pocket Cost Barriers to Specialty Drug Use Under Medicare Part D: Addressing
  4. Researchers find patients’ annual financial burden under Medicare Part D is ‘too much too soon’

 

New book by the honourable American/Irish author and friend Trevis Gleason!

  1. Chef Interrupted: Discovering Life’s Second Course in Ireland with Multiple Sclerosis

Highlight!

  1. Blood Diagnostic Test for Multiple Sclerosis to be Released in May 2017

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[Throwback Thursday] Balancing life and a chronic illness

Oh, you can bet I am willing, I am usually more than willing. When physical restraints curb your potential, you realise that you want so more from your own life, and out of your own reality. Life is moving forward outside your medically induced world, and you feel annoyed when healthy people don’t realise the worth of their bodies, their unused potential.

It simply reminds you that being chronically ill sucks.

It’s energy being depleted in all the wrong places. There is no uptake to being ill. There is no room for maneuvering when you’re faced with an illness that will -quite literally- be there until you draw your last breath. Do take it from someone who’s already stared death in the face because of it; it is so not all it’s cracked up to be, honey.

To read the whole post, please go to: Balancing life and a chronic illness

©WVE 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 WVE and Ireland, Multiple Sclerosis & Me with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.