Author: Doug Ankerman

Games Your MS Will Play

Games Your MS Will Play

Let’s play this My Odd Sock one more time.  Please enjoy!   When coping with multiple sclerosis, you can learn a lot about your disease by simply looking in the toy closet. At least I did anyway.   The board games you played as a kid can provide you with a better understanding of MS.  …

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Award Whining

Award Whining

Nominations for the EMMY Awards were announced this week and like most awards, My Odd Sock was snubbed once again. (I can’t even win a scratch-off lottery tix.) But lo & behold about a month ago, I received an email from the founder of “Feedspot” saying My Odd Sock had been selected as one of …

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The F-Word

The F-Word

  The f-word. It’s offensive. Obscene. Vulgar. Who knew when you were knighted with the dubious distinction of having multiple sclerosis, the f-word would become a prominent part of your vocabulary. Everything seemingly revolves around the f-word. Er, wait.  Before I go any further, let’s be sure we are on the same page.   The …

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MS An Adage

MS An Adage

    Everyone is familiar with an adage….those old, well-worn truths. “Out of sight-out of mind.” “Birds of a feather flock together.” “Look before you leap.”     Seems there are a million of ’em! And did you know, many pertain to multiple sclerosis? It’s true. Here are some of the more familiar MS adages….. …

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The Sunday Ads

The Sunday Ads

    The Sunday ads. Some say it’s the only reason to get a Sunday paper. Everything you need (or could ever want) is on sale.   Here at My Odd Sock, I like to scour the ads for anything you wouldn’t want—and this week’s ads do not disappoint. Let’s get on with the silliness….. …

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Up & Down

Up & Down

  What is it? Is it me? The weather? Something I ate? Something I didn’t? Or, is it just plain MS?     I haven’t a clue what is causing mood swings lately. Upbeat for a few days…followed by a few dark, sour ones.   I place much of the blame-game on multiple sclerosis.  The …

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MS Goes To The Movies

MS Goes To The Movies

Let’s cool off in a movie theater watching some MS-related flicks…     Have you ever wondered what would happen if Hollywood was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis? My Odd Sock believes our favorite movies would be quite different. Roll’em and let’s see how…….         “Officer And A Gentleman With Leg Spasms”   …

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As The Myelin Fades

As The Myelin Fades

Tis the season for summer reruns, and My Odd Sock is no exception.  Here is a silly look at life with MS…in a soap opera.  Enjoy…       As you know, multiple sclerosis is a disease of intrigue. A daily barrage of quirks.  An aberration of normalcy. Complete with the twists and turns of …

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Your Own Doc

Your Own Doc

      Looking ahead at the calendar reminds me I am three months away from my next appointment with the MS doctor. She sees me every six months with each visit lasting between 45 minutes to an hour in length. The twice-a-year visits seem to be the standard among those of us with multiple …

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Hit The Shower

Hit The Shower

    There’s nothing new about taking a shower. Most of us go through this routine process nearly every day. Yet lately I have felt strange in the shower. A closed-in feeling of claustrophobia. Between walls of fiberglass & a nylon curtain, I found my space was shrinking.  And I was determined to discover why. …

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