Who am I? (*)

klekl;wek

“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me
there lay an invincible summer.”
(Albert Camus)

I admit, I am the quirky one of the bunch. The more physical pains I have, the more I want to live. The more MS gets in my way, the more I want to feel, achieve and succeed. I have a need to write, and write much. When I’m not, I think or dream of writing. The same goes for reading, after all, I spent half my childhood in the company of books, ended up doing library studies and eventually worked in one before emigrating abroad.

I’ve been living in Ireland since 2002 because of loving everything Irish, and not really liking my native country Belgium that much. However, 2.5 years later, I was diagnosed with relapsing/remitting multiple sclerosis. I was at a crossroads in my life.

Nevertheless, I knew I would be able to handle whatever would be thrown at me. Severe fatigue and trigeminal neuralgia are still uncontrollable at times, but no steep decline has emerged. Four years post-diagnosis, I was put before another crossroads: early retirement. Ten years post-diagnosis, though, life’s good despite chronic pain and having to live life the slow way. This is proof that retiring from work was the best thing I ever did.

Whenever I feel well enough to write, I turn my pen into a peaceful weapon of choice, and advocate better MS and neurological services in Ireland. By doing so, I found that the pen can be mightier than a sword. Furthermore, and with a lot of excitement, I found out that I was Ireland Blog Awards 2014 finalist in three different categories and  twice as  a finalist as the MS Ireland’s blog. In 2013, I was shortlisted in that year’s edition of the Awards.

If you want to know more about who I am, reading this here might help.

#IrelandMSMe #Ireland  @WillekeVE

http://www.strongerthanms.ie/stronger-than-ms

#strongerthanms #WMSD2015

@WorldMSDay

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(*) refers to updated/new content.

Note: Thoughts expressed on this blog are completely my own, unless I stole a few quotes of WikiQuote, but I’m sure they don’t mind too much.

Note: While I do read all comments personally, I can’t respond to all messages the same day due to fatigue and chronic pain issues. I will however do my best to respond as quickly as possible.

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©WVE and Ireland, MS and Me, 2011-2015. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Willeke Van Eeckhoutte and Ireland, MS and Me with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

52 Comments

  1. MSer says:

    hello, i’m loving your blog, thank you for sharing. Both my dad and I have MS, i think that puts me in an extremely small minority so I am looking for others in the same situation! :)

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  2. janeybgood says:

    I’m glad that I have found your blog. My father has MS, and I have done some fundraising with him.

    I’m also living in Ireland and like you, I couldn’t attend the Blog Awards (for a different reason: I’m epileptic).

    Your blog looks amazing! You have put so much work into it, it’s a pity you didn’t win but wasn’t it just wonderful to be a finalist?

    I’m looking forward to reading more!

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