Tag: Acceptance

A Clean Slate

A Clean Slate

  A clean slate. A do-over. Fresh start. Another shot. Mulligan (I ask for many in golf). Whatever you call them, everyone gets’em–and they come in darn handy!   You can enjoy a clean slate at work, school, meetings, church, gym, at home, anywhere. A chance to regroup, collect your thoughts & pull up your …

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Give It A Finger

Give It A Finger

    Multiple Sclerosis can affect so many areas of our mind & body, one needs a scorecard to keep track. One area that MS bothers me most is…my hands.   Fingers, in particular. Mind you, my middle finger works just fine.  Simply ask the driver who rides my bumper like a second coat 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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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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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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MS Class of 1996

MS Class of 1996

    Throughout the land people young & old are donning caps & gowns in celebration of their hard work & achievements. It’s graduation season, where hungry minds look ahead, plying their knowledge to challenges & future opportunity.   It has me thinking back to my own days as a young grad.   The year …

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I Want Ocrevus!

I Want Ocrevus!

    We have been hearing about this new MS medication in the works for several years. And finally this week, the FDA granted approval for Ocrevus (short for ocrelizumab). Now what? All the high-fives surround Ocrevus because it is the first & only approved treatment for progressive forms of multiple sclerosis.   (That’s my …

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Do You Prep?

Do You Prep?

      There is a big day looming on my MS horizon. Appointments. Not one.  Not two.  But three appointments in a single day.   A trifecta of care at the Mellen Center of the Cleveland Clinic.         I’ll begin with a morning session of Botox injections in my legs to …

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Party Pooper

Party Pooper

        I’m always sorta glad when the holidays are over. The social atmoshere of family gatherings, Christmas parties & New Year festivities make me stick out like Santa Claus during Hanukkah.   Mind you, I was never a life of the party. But I was certainly a more active participant in years …

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Change

Change

    A lot of change has occurred in recent days. A change in seasons. The weather changed. Some changed their clocks. In sports, champions change. Ranking change.  Relationships change. Even last week we had a change in leaders.   And through all this change, one thing remains steadfast—we have our multiple sclerosis. MS hangs …

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