Who am I?

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“It gives me strength to have somebody to fight for;
I can never fight for myself, but, for others, I can kill.”
(Emilie Autumn)

I admit, I am the quirky, but also weird 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. If you want to know how/what I am really like, reading this here might help. I will admit to one of my passions right now though: my Dr Martens boots.

I’ve been living in Ireland since 2002 because of just loving everything Irish, and not really liking my native country Belgium that much. However, 2.5 years after moving over here, I was diagnosed with relapsing/remitting multiple sclerosis. A shock to the system, yes.

But… life’s good despite chronic pain and having to live life the slow way. Severe fatigue, trigeminal neuralgia (facial and eye pains) are uncontrollable at times, but no steep decline has emerged. This is proof that retiring from work was the best thing I ever did.

Whenever I feel well enough to write, I turn my voice and free time into a weapon of choice, and now advocate better MS and neurological services in Ireland. I write for the Irish MS Society’s blog as well as for a pharmaceutical MS blog also. With a lot of excitement I found out that I was Ireland Blog Awards 2014 finalist and was shortlisted in the 2013 edition of the Awards.

You can find my published work 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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  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! :)

  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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