Tag: Acceptance

Trashed

Trashed

  I tossed it in the garbage with those ads that come each week. Stores we don’t even shop.  Shit-canned without a thought. But this was different.  I think. To most it was a dog-eared file folder.  Two inches thick.  Crammed with pages of scribbled words, classified ads and yellowed letters of rejection.   It …

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Texting MS

Texting MS

  Have you ever wanted to tell MS what you really think? Giving Multiple Sclerosis a piece of your mind? (Small children out of ear shot, of course) Well I had that opportunity after stumbling (literally) over MS’s personal number.  Seriously! Here is our texted conversation late one evening (I’m in the blue)… Hope my colorful …

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Waiting Room Magazines

Waiting Room Magazines

  It would be difficult to estimate the number of hours you have spent in a waiting room over the years. At the doctor’s office, the dentist, the eye doctor.  Waiting rooms in hospitals, banks, the mechanic or the tire store. Throw in an icky health condition like MS, diabetes or heart issues and you …

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Sock Flop

Sock Flop

  Stockinged feet have long been my preferred way to pad around the house. They’re quick to put on, carefree & comfortable. Clad only in socks, my feet would move from room to room with dancer’s grace. No matter the surface.  From the plushness of carpet…to smooth hardwood…to cool tile, my feet were happy everywhere …

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Frustration Station

Frustration Station

    “Thank you for riding MS Express, the fastest, most-direct route for disease progression. Please remain seated till the train comes to a complete stop. We welcome you to Frustration Station!”     You and I have been here before. Many times, in fact. Sometimes I get so frustrated having multiple sclerosis, I could …

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MS Then/Now

MS Then/Now

  When you have multiple sclerosis, or any chronic disease for that matter, things change over time. Lifestyles, habits & routines evolve into a completely different scene.  I know as I’ve changed since my MS diagnosis back in 1996. Here’s a Then/Now look at a few of those changes. Maybe you can relate!…..   Silly …

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As the Myelin Fades #4

As the Myelin Fades #4

    Sappy music and endless commercials for household cleaners & walk-in tubs can only mean it’s time for another gut-punching episode of the only daytime drama devoted to multiple sclerosis. Welcome to…..”As the Myelin Fades.”       It was a beautifully-bright day outside Dubuque metro’s premier MS treatment center, but I, Dr. Scott …

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I’m Sorry

I’m Sorry

  I apologize.  A lot. Sometimes I blame my quick expression of regret on my lack of self-confidence.   I probably screwed something up, so it is just easier to apologize, accept the blame & move on…..till the next goof-up (‘cuz there will be more!).   But other times I blame multiple sclerosis for my short …

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My 25th MS Anniversary

My 25th MS Anniversary

  Are you curious as to why I am celebrating? It’s because September marks my 25th MS anniversary! Hol-ee crap.  A quarter century.  I haven’t been this happy since I stepped on a nail. It was early September of 1996, when during a routine physical, my family doctor said “I think you have multiple sclerosis.” …

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MS Commercials

MS Commercials

    It’s a weirdly heavy feeling one gets when watching television with family & friends and a commercial comes on touting the newest prescription drug for MS. Even worse when it’s the medication YOU take! Everyone in the room knows you have MS.   And many know it’s your drug of choice.   Happens to …

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