Three weeks ago, Mental Health Awareness Week graced Ireland, hoping to shine a light on the different kinds of mental illness some people live with. If you spent time on Facebook or other social media during that time, you probably saw pictures float by saying, “Depression isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s a sign you’ve been trying to remain strong for too long.”
While everyone goes through a short time of feeling low at some stage in his or her life, feeling down can also be a symptom of an illness other than depression, like multiple sclerosis. Continue reading
Forgive me in advance my wordy concern regarding Ebola, but as an immune-impaired ill person living with a severe underlying condition (multiple sclerosis), I hope this letter will find its way to your newspaper.
What worries me is the apparent lack of concern and immediacy health officials display regarding the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. It truly makes me wonder if Ireland is prepared (at all) should Ebola reach our shores. Continue reading
No, not really.
Oh the irony! That pure, untainted irony that just sits there grimacing at my lack of energy and overabundance of trigeminal neuralgia, today of all days!
“What?” you ask.
You who spends time with me, you know that I often suffer from bouts of sarcasm – I’m still DSF, a Delightfully Sarcastic Female after all. Not only that, tonight I feel cursed. Continue reading
A milestone like no other. A curious, strange one indeed.
Ten years of living with MS.
In fact, ten years and one week.
Reality suddenly became a very different kind of living. As strange as it sounds, it became a more fulfilled life, a happier one also. Continue reading
It has been a big and very busy September for researchers, clinical trials and pharmaceutical companies. Early this month, the Joint ACTRIMS/ECTRIMS Meeting took place in Boston. For more, please check the extensive website of the conference. Continue reading
Building further upon my previous post, “What we don’t know,” let’s open the “Surprise!” book of MS. Before you read any further though, I do want to say that I do not have below symptoms all at once, or on the same day. Some are more present than others, or less or more intense. Some happen once a week, others perhaps more.
You probably know by now that my main symptoms are still ridiculously strong fatigue and similar facial pain, so what you will find below is more or less just a slight blip on the radar in the scheme of things. Unless I fall off the staircase of course, which would be rather erm… well… just silly, n’est-ce pas? Continue reading
The MS community is well known for its willingness to talk about their illness. I myself might share more than others might, but that, of course, is a personal choice. Being from a family where I am the first one with MS, I almost constantly feel a need to share, teach and sometimes to explain some differences in opinion on how to live with MS. In that regard, I sometimes have MS things on my mind, but when I go online, I can’t see them discussed in chat rooms or forums.
Take for example brain atrophy. The first time I heard about atrophy was at a MS Patient conference in May. In the nine years of being diagnosed, never had I come across, and never did anyone talk to me about MSers having a faster-shrinking brain. To my very surprise, I therefore learned that in people with MS, brain volume is lost around three to five times faster than in healthy people. Continue reading
I was afraid.
Each time I experienced gastrointestinal changes, I tried not to worry. But I did.
Even when I tried to get this worry down on paper, I failed to finish two consecutive sentences. One sentence if I allowed my interior monologue to perform a James Joyce oration without punctuation.
That was not me however. I usually didn’t let chaos overwhelm me. My path of life had on regular intervals been paved with chaos, so I was well-used to it. Continue reading
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Ah ladies and lads, you know I can be a bit kooky at times; hell, I can even get a little annoyed as well when things don’t go my way. I therefore won’t do it on this page. At all.
Where others might ask for the price of a pint, I don’t drink alcohol, so I won’t fall down on my knees begging you.
I also won’t fall down on my knees asking you for a donation of the price of a fag, as I don’t smoke. Continue reading