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