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The Handwriting on the Wall

First impressions mean so much. That’s why every morning I take the time to apply makeup, fix my hair, and choose appropriate clothing. I do that because I believe that appearances do count for something. Handwriting forms an impression as well – jus...

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Life Behind the Smile: Confessions of an MS Patient

Nobody likes a complainer. I know I don’t, and that’s why it’s I often keep MS symptoms to myself. I tell Jake pretty much everything, eventually. He’s supportive and kind, but that doesn’t mean that I should spell out every ache and pain that he can...

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MS and Marriage: For the Caregiver/Spouse: 5 Ways to Show You Care

Multiple sclerosis can come between a husband and wife just as easily as it can bring them closer together. Both parties must come to grips with overwhelming changes in marital roles. It is vital to keep the husband and wife relationship above MS. My ...

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"I'm a pain in the ass, I think"

"I’ve had such a hard time acknowledging I even have a disease. I’m a pain in the ass I think. I think of you all the time. You have 100x the issues and you seemed to have so much more grace and patience." That statement is an excerpt from ...

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My MS is Stronger than My Smile

Lisa Emrich, in her post, "MS and Politics," quoted Michelle Obama talking about her father, who had MS, "He never stopped smiling and laughing - even while struggling to button his shirt, even while using two canes to get himself acr...

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Shouldn't You Be Running a Marathon?

You’ve heard about them before. The people who have multiple sclerosis, but "keep on going." They run marathons, climb mountains, and skydive, all while maintaining successful careers and happy families. They may or may not take the handfu...

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Diagnosing Multiple Sclerosis: Steps to Take if You Suspect MS

One of the worst times in the life of a multiple sclerosis patient is the pre-diagnosis phase. Symptoms come and go before you manage to see a doctor. You get the feeling that you are not being taken seriously by physicians. You’ve researched online ...

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Pseudo Exacerbations and MS- The Real Deal

So, are you crazy? Imagining things? Faking? Just looking for attention? You know what a multiple sclerosis exacerbation is, but what does it mean when your doctor tells you that you are having a ‘pseudo’ exacerbation? Merriam-Webster’s Online Dictio...

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It's Not Hitchcock's Vertigo - Vertigo Symptoms and Treatment

Detective Ferguson climbs tentatively to the top of the step-ladder. Nervous and perspiring, he is completely overwhelmed when he reaches the third step. His fear of heights manifests itself in the form of dizziness and he collapses in a near-faint. ...

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To Drive or Not to Drive - With Multiple Sclerosis

Who could forget the surge of excitement that comes with receiving your very first driver’s license. Or that feeling of sheer independence when you finally were able to drive off on your own. The sweet freedom of purchasing your very own car It wasn’...