Man up!

“The more you struggle to live, the less you live. Give up the notion that you must be sure of what you are doing. Instead, surrender to what is real within you, for that alone is sure… you are above everything distressing.” (Baruch Spinoza)

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Let’s be frank

“Too many times we like to blame others for our own problems. Situations and people create our experiences, but these situations and people don’t create you. Understanding our past helps us to distinguish why we hold on and repeat self-destructive behaviours.
When we feel anger, resentment and other non-positive emotions, the only one we annoy is ourselves. So, choose taking ownership over blaming others, happiness over negativity, a new way of life over just remaining in a rut.”

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10 bold myths about MS

Multiple sclerosis is an illness subject to many myths that turn out to be misconceptions believed by far too many. When you scratch the surface, you find stubborn tales that create unnecessary anxiety and sleepless nights for those living with the illness. So let’s just throw some of the many misconceptions out the door, shall […]

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Game, set, relapse!

“In short, if I’d have to sell myself with these words, I still wouldn’t receive a Booker prize. I could post “Another MS Relapse” award on the fireplace mantel, but they’re just a waste of space. I thought of referring to a relapse as something you just have to get your teeth in, but I don’t want to steal Luis Suárez’s limelight.”

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Giving up is not an option

“We are all different – but we share the same human spirit. Perhaps it’s human nature that we adapt – and survive.” (Stephen Hawking) Just realised something startling. In three years of online writing, I’ve never as much written one blog post about the possibility of ending up in a wheelchair. Is it denial? Simply focusing on being […]

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Relentless relapse

Why? A relapse decided to visit me. I pretended it wasn’t there. Until this morning.

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Injecting object

“A whole new dictionary was instantly added to my daily vocabulary. Injection needles became syringes. MS relapses, exacerbations. Under the skin, subcutaneous. Daily self-injecting in those early days, often a war with my head, a battle of the wills.”

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It’s OK not to be OK

Chronic pain. Those who have it, can’t wait to get rid of it. Those who don’t, often do not understand what is going on in people’s bodies filled with chronic pain 24/7. Not to reminiscence too much about the good old days – those where the pain was not a constant, unwanted house guest – […]

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MS: a social disconnect

Therein lies the disconnect: the way others want me to be, and me not being able to keep up. How many of us have pretended to be well enough to walk another 500 meters? How many say they are OK when they feel pain in their limbs, their eyes and in their soul? How many say they will be able to go to work when they were awake half the night because of pain?
Unwillingly we are put in a non-self-imposed isolation; we are put there by our illness, and quite often by the outside world. Our mental functioning is now processed differently because of our illness.

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Side effects?

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‘Nuff said!

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Do mobile phones cause multiple sclerosis symptoms or other brain damage?

Twenty years ago, SMS messaging was used for the first time on 3 December 1992, when Neil Papworth, a 22-year-old test engineer for Sema Group in the UK used a personal computer to send the text message, a “Merry Christmas” wish, via the Vodafone network to the phone of Richard Jarvis. Colloquially called a text message in […]

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In the blink of an eye…

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Attacking disabilities…

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Letting go

Life seems like a joke, out to get you when you least expect it. People disappear from your life, but it’s not until after they’re gone that you realise how much you liked being around them. Or, you understand what being truly happy means because you’ve known absolute sadness. Or you start appreciating silence because […]

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Life begins at the end of your comfort zone

Sometimes I just don’t feel like talking about what goes on mentally or physically. Not being able to sleep properly doesn’t do much good either, so writing about everything that has been ruling my day, was rather hard to do. Having MS is no mean feat… If your MS is anything like mine, then I’m […]

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MS fatigue… the invisible monster

MS fatigue… The most common, yet most difficult to detect a symptom in multiple sclerosis. Aside from feeling exhausted, having to explain people over and over how different it is to normal tiredness, you often get a stigma assigned of “yeah, yeah, you’re just being lazy” or “sure, now keep walking, it’s probably not that […]

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I’m a rock chick babe and you better know it!

I am a rock chick babe and you better know it. With this statement I came home from my weekly shopping, having browsed through the sales in an already low-cost shop. Makes you feel good knowing you didn’t break the bank doing so. Right now, though, that is not what is on my mind. I […]

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I’m a rock chick babe and you better know it!

Oops! This page has moved to this page  Why not read one of these posts when you’re finished? A powerful letter to my MS MS anxiety Do I have stupid written on my forehead? I’m an ex and I’m loving it! You will survive! Responsibility hurts Ignorance Let’s be frank Fake it ’til you make it […]

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