Who am I?

❧ Little Miss Alternative ❧

The maxim of this blog is: if I can’t write an honest account of what life with multiple sclerosis is like, then I will not write about it at all.

Inquisitive expat, alternative, stubborn and delightfully sarcastic female. Beneath the serious look on my face is a little leprechaun out for mischief. I take whatever comes my way in my stride; when I can do so in my tall Doc Martens’ boots, I‘m the happiest lass around.

Living in Ireland since 2002 after dreaming of living here for 2 decades and after realizing that my native country Belgium was too noisy, too crowded, too dirty and too individualistic. Ireland on the other hand, is one hell of a country. Then again, I’m biased. Extremely biased because if I could marry Ireland, I’d marry Ireland.

If my written English sounds a bit funny, blame the Irish slang, and English being my 4th language (1st: Flemish,  2nd: Dutch, 3rd: French and 4th: English. I speak cannaeunderstandu when extremely fatigued as well, but the EU is slow in accepting it as a real language).

You can guess I’m passionate about Ireland, but also about psychology, books, nature, history, rugby and my Dr Martens boots.

Diagnosed with relapsing/remitting multiple sclerosis 2.5 years after moving to Ireland. Killer blow indeed, but life’s good despite chronic pain and having to live life the slow way. 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.

Severe fatigue, trigeminal neuralgia and eye pains uncontrollable at times, but no steep decline has emerged. This is proof that retiring from work was the best thing I ever did. I turned my free time into a weapon of choice, and now advocate better neurological services in Ireland. Methinks some people in government buildings hate seeing my name pop up in their email accounts, but MS activism is never-ending.

To find out where my work has been published or referenced, please click here.

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.

Comment policy: feel free to comment whenever, but comments that include bullying and discrimination will not be tolerated and people doing so will be blocked from this website.

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