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Diagnosis

Unlike most diagnoses of Multiple Sclerosis 24 hours was all it took to receive my diagnosis and, what's more, it was me that asked to be tested specifically for MS

It was November 1997 when I went off to see a neurologist. I had been booked in to see the specialist following a car...

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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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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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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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