Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Five Things

Please enjoy my latest writing, "Five Things", published by the National MS Society.

It wasn't easy to write about how multiple sclerosis impacts my mind in ways that can be embarrassing...but also humorous.

I hope you enjoy my story, share with others and most of all, understand MS just a little better.

 Five Things: MS Connection: About nine years ago, I was in a meeting at work and the executive in charge declared: “Five things. I can only remember five things at one time.” 
He said it with a...


Friday, May 13, 2016

76 Things #18: Diagnosisversary™

Eight years ago today, I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

It might seem silly, or perhaps a little crazy, but every May 13th my wife and I do something to commemorate this date. 

It’s not a celebration, more of a recognition.

Technically, my life didn’t change on May 13th, 2008; rather, the health problems that had been afflicting me 
for years were finally given a name.

Accepting the diagnosis of MS has not been an easy task.  There are moments of sadness and regret but those fleeting moments of darkness do not reflect who I am or going to be.

Living with multiple sclerosis is a 24-hour, 7 days a week battle.  It touches every aspect of my life:  taking part in my children’s activities, chatting with family or friends, taking a random trip to the grocery store or even just going downstairs at night to get a glass of water.  In every scenario, MS is there, lurking and eager to remind me of its presence.

So on May 13th, I acknowledge that although another year of living with MS has passed, my spirits remain high and I’m still smiling.

And that is the #18 thing you might not know about (my) MS.

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