Who am I?

SuperPhoto_Creation_2015-06-27_08224688“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.

Writing is constantly on my mind, as is reading. After all, I spent half my childhood in the company of books, and after doing library studies, worked in one before moving abroad.

Ireland has been home since 2002, however, 2,5 years later, I was diagnosed with relapsing/remitting multiple sclerosis. Severe fatigue and trigeminal neuralgia were and still are disobedient at times, but no steep decline has emerged. Ten years post-diagnosis, 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 raise awareness about the difficulties of life with an invisible illness like MS. By doing so, I found that the pen can be mightier than a sword. I hope my writing will lead to more successful advocacy attempts.

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

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Ireland Blog Awards 2014 finalist in three different categories, and  twice as  a finalist as part of the MS Ireland’s blogging team.

Ireland Blog Awards 2013 – shortlisted in the Best Personal Blog category

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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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