Why I love advocacy (and you should too!)

No matter when you were diagnosed, there might be moments when you feel like screaming at the top of your lungs when symptoms take a little too long to disappear, or because people are just getting on your nerves.

Or, you hope that someone will hear your silence, listen for unspoken, forgotten words while others are deliberately left unsaid.

In my case, there are times where I pray that some will understand how deafening my silence needs to be right now.

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You will survive!

To this day, 13 years post-diagnosis, I am still prone to having conscious/unconscious battles. I am past the “woe is me” period that tried to knock me sideways at first, but I still have pacing issues that lay bare any ineffectiveness I attribute to myself. We all want the opportunity to stay active human beings. Not wanting to be is foreign to my character and it quite possibly will be for as long as I live. Still studying is just one part of that action plan.

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The story in all of us

MS is a mere aspect, label or classification. My story is therefore not one of heroism or tragedy, satire or drama, cheap thrills or grandeur. Showing up for myself in my own life means taking responsibility for the good and the bad while also trying to achieve goals I set myself for 2018.

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Do I have stupid written on my forehead?

Can you recall what life was like before this craziness started? Nope? Neither can I. There is a bit of mental derailing going on right now. Fatigue is back with a vengeance. I am so excellent in not sleeping well, that when I do, it’s a reason to organise a party, or rather, a pyjama […]

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Something’s on the way!

When you’re standing in the shower and you get a fab idea to write about, but can’t remember what it was 3 minutes later… Something’s in the works, and it’ll be posted here by the end of tomorrow! In the meantime, why not catch up with these… The five-second MS rant Magnetic voices MS Anxiety The […]

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Multiple Sclerosis Ireland & Novartis Blog awards!

I believe it’s fair to say so that the ‘Living Like You’ as well as the ‘MS & Me’ writers share the same gratitude. Being nominated by the public means you are owed a big thank you for not just having our back, but also for sharing our words with hundreds of people. Your voice – though often unheard – means that MS isn’t a lonely illness, but a shared concern.

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Back soon!

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

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Paper dreams

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 to get to the stage where I thought, “Yes! Eureka! Yes, I found out what I am doing […]

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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.

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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.”

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Then & now

“Following that, I hit writer’s block faster than you can say ‘ABC’. That writer’s block has reached the ‘XYZ’ stage, so I’m nearing a muse that sounds, tastes and smells like coffee.

Starbucks.

Where I am funnily always full of ideas.

Away from notebooks and pens, I scrapped another item from my bucket list in September.”

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Books? Great medicine!

All joking aside, I cannot even begin to count the number of books I have read since childhood or how many I handled while working in a library. Books become part of life, a friend I will remember forever, a gateway or hiding place where distraction reigns. Just holding them, turning page after page, waiting to be explored, conquered, talked about and put on a shelf waiting to be taken out again. And so the cycle begins again.

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Raw

Social media often finds me catching my breath because of its reach, its intent and its questioning behaviour towards the mindset of the people they follow. After tweeting about the content of my blog, I received a rather ignorant private message from someone asking how raw my content, or I, can get and if I […]

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World MS Day 2016

As each day passes with life with MS, it’s worth noting that quite often, there is still a large information gap to be filled on a medical, emotional, societal and political level. Like many other disease groups, the MS community wants to enhance “Life with…” once a year in a bid to give more insight […]

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Balancing life and a chronic illness

Reality. It’s what’s for breakfast. After some feeble attempts trying to write a few paragraphs the past few weeks, it was back to the drawing board each time. Not good enough. Already done this. Needs more research. Too tired. Not fit enough. You know moments like these, you sit down, determination almost physically squeezing ink […]

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PLEASE VOTE! MS Ireland company blog shortlisted!

MS & Me, the group blog of MS Ireland for which I also write, has been shortlisted for the Blog Awards 2015 edition in the company Best Health and Wellbeing category! We need YOUR vote though to become a finalist. *** The PUBLIC VOTE is now open for the 2015 Blog Awards Ireland! *** Voting will be […]

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#bloggies2015 – Longlisted! Again!

And then there was that other happy thing that happened today: the longlist publication of the Blog Awards Ireland 2015 competition. I have YOU to thank for entering my blog, and for continuing to welcome new posts and ideas. Needless to say, I equally welcome the time you spend reading and commenting on my blog. […]

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Time to go our separate ways

We are having a divorce of sorts. Because of the ever-growing volume of my blog, and WordPress slower as time goes on, I’ve finally decided it’s time to move blog posts about Ireland, books, writing etc to a new blog called Kick-Ass Ireland! After all, this is a blog about multiple sclerosis with facts, figures, […]

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Use it or lose it!

“I much prefer a writer’s slow process from that one, flickering half a sentence in my head to it eventually making it into my handbag’s notebook or onto the internet. After all, writing in Ireland is a national illness, or a survival instinct of sorts. A lot of ideas come to me by my own form of public crowdsourcing; listening to people and picking up a few words here or there, thinking those words could eventually become a new piece.”

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#strongerthanms with MS Ireland

“So, how’s the book,” friends often ask me. “Oh, it’s getting there,” I joke. “I’ve finished one page, the one with the title and my name!” I don’t lack the ambition to keep on writing, but I have an overabundance of low energy levels, so I must ask people to use their patience… patiently when […]

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