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Diagnosis

When I was initially diagnosed with MS, I read a lot of stories online that suggested my life would now virtually be over. My neurologist had told me “whatever you do, don’t go home and sift through Google results about MS”. Although I understood that this was certainly great advice...

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‘It seems like years since it’s been clear’ Here Comes the Sun, The Beatles (Abbey Road)

Some diseases will strike loud and hard, like a fist bashing on your front door. Others like mine come in ‘through the bathroom window’, where no-one’s...

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Jaqueline du Pres

I never knew anyone with MS growing up. I took part in Readathon in primary school, but I don’t remember ever having a person with MS come and speak with us about what it was we were trying to raise money for.  Perhaps they didn’t have people do this in the ‘70s?  In any case, for me it was just...

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Star wars

It’s occurred to me, on more than one occasion that the majority the general population don’t really know much about MS or the theories about what causes it. And why would they – I certainly didn’t know myelin from your-lin in my pre-MS days. So, in order to remedy this situation, I have put...

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NYE

For our family, we are ending this year in a much more settled state than how we started it. That being said, in the aftermath of Christmas, it feels like we are not so much coasting as stumbling towards the finishline of 2015. Rather than attempting to craft something overly intellectual, I...

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Clouds

The months leading up to the diagnosis of MS are difficult for most of us.  But when a physician’s body fails them, there's an additional, subtle layer of angst to deal with.  Doctors don't get sick.  And when we do, it is uncomfortable for everyone involved.  To witness another doctor proving...

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Dealing with Uncertainty

What I’d like to discuss in this post are a few things I wish all doctors out there were aware of. Not so much along the lines of scientific facts, but more in terms of how it feels to face a nebulous diagnosis like MS, or pre-MS (by this I mean the state generally referred to as being...

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Balck and white eye

Almost everyone with MS has a diagnosis story.  How someone finally turned to them and confirmed “you have multiple sclerosis”.  I don’t.  I have the memory of a bewildering first episode, of numerous tests, specialist appointments, and courses of IV steroids over several months of...

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