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About Billie

Writing about life in Ireland, and with multiple sclerosis. Not always pretty as punch, but definitely brutally honest.

12 years of chasing Irish poetry, books & dreams

12 years ago, on this very day, I moved to Ireland. Sometimes it still feels like a dream within a dream, of seeing, hearing and feeling new stories, of meeting wise and old, playful and young. Many stories have ended up here on my blog, so please do check the menu above.

Thinking back, I always have William Butler Yeats in the back of my mind. He is definitely my favourite Irish poet, although it would be an injustice not mentioning the fantastic work of Seamus Heaney, James Joyce’s Ulysses and many others blessed by the Irish gift of the gab. Below are just a few of my favourite poems by Yeats, so do enjoy!

A poem for Ireland:
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Resilience

I can be changed imageSince writing my article about depression five days ago, and my mum’s 7-day visit to Ireland, I feel a shift has taken place in my mind.

I am not 100% there yet, but I am well on my way to finding uncompromising resolve again. Many grand and tiny gestures have contributed over the last 4-5 weeks, and are still willing me forward today. Of course, the backing of friends and family, as well as my medical team definitely helped.

Most of all, though, I had once again come to the realisation that I unfortunately need more sleep than the average, healthy person. At this stage so, I must start considering my continuous fights against tiredness and “forgetfulness” about needing a lot of sleep, as a pure character flaw. Continue reading

Positive MS News: October 2014

Medicine DNA Drug

Once again, a lot of research news was published online, with the best headline saying “54 New MS Research Projects to Receive Millions of Dollars in Funding.” In my view, I can only jump up and down like a child at Christmas reading about new research and positive trial results. Even if or when we’re struggling with our illness, we know that lots is happening to help us forward in life.

So please, enjoy the list with research & clinical trial news, updates on current medication and business & general news. Continue reading

Depression?!

Crying eyes

Three weeks ago, Mental Health Awareness Week graced Ireland, hoping to shine a light on  the different kinds of mental illness some people live with. If you spent time on Facebook or other social media during that time, you probably saw pictures float by saying, “Depression isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s a sign you’ve been trying to remain strong for too long.”

While everyone goes through a short time of feeling low at some stage in his or her life, feeling down can also be a symptom of an illness other than depression, like multiple sclerosis. Continue reading

Dear editor… Ebola virus scare in Ireland?

Dear Editor,

Forgive me in advance my wordy concern regarding Ebola, but as an immune-impaired ill person living with a severe underlying condition (multiple sclerosis), I hope this letter will find its way to your newspaper.

What worries me is the apparent lack of concern and immediacy health officials display regarding the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. It truly makes me wonder if Ireland is prepared (at all) should Ebola reach our shores. Continue reading

Ebola… I told you so!

Coloured tem of Ebola virus

Back in August, I wrote about the possibility of an EVD (Ebola Virus Disease) outbreak in Ireland. Thankfully, it hasn’t come to this yet, although one suspected case later turned out to be unrelated. Nevertheless, I kind of feel a “I told you so, didn’t I?” knot in my stomach lately, one I hoped would disappear as more positive news about beating the virus went viral.

But, there isn’t more positive news, and “beating” has turned into “watching hopelessly from the sidelines.” Continue reading

Oh, yes, the irony!

Image depicting irony

No, not really.

Oh the irony! That pure, untainted irony that just sits there grimacing at my lack of energy and overabundance of trigeminal neuralgia, today of all days!

“What?” you ask.

You who spends time with me, you know that I often suffer from bouts of sarcasm – I’m still DSF, a Delightfully Sarcastic Female after all. Not only that, tonight I feel cursed. Continue reading

Ten happy MS years

Dodinsky quote with red flower

A milestone like no other. A curious, strange one indeed.

Ten years of living with MS.

Ten.

In fact, ten years and one week.

Reality suddenly became a very different kind of living. As strange as it sounds, it became a more fulfilled life, a happier one also. Continue reading

Positive MS News: September 2014

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It has been a big and very busy September for researchers, clinical trials and pharmaceutical companies. Early this month, the Joint ACTRIMS/ECTRIMS Meeting took place in Boston. For more, please check the extensive website of the conference. Continue reading

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