Tag: Diagnosis

The Faces of MS

The Faces of MS

      As you know there are many many faces of multiple sclerosis. With the help of a novelty item called “Face Coasters” I will try my best to recreate a small sample of our MS challenges & emotions. Shall we…..         Doctor:  “I’m sorry but you have multiple sclerosis.”   …

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As The Myelin Fades–Episode #2

As The Myelin Fades–Episode #2

  You didn’t ask for it, but I promised it was coming. The following sad saga captures the raw emotion, the ups & downs, the unpredictability of chronic disease. It is the long awaited second installment of the only soap opera written specifically for multiple sclerosis. My Odd Sock presents…..     “As The Myelin …

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Being Punished

Being Punished

A look-back at an old My Odd Sock.  Enjoy…..   It was his passing comment that stopped me in my tracks.     “Wait, what did you say about your MS?” I asked. He repeated…”Sometimes I think I got MS as punishment for some bad things I did many years ago.” “You really think so? …

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#10

#10

  If you didn’t know, I’m a fairly avid reader. Books, newspapers, magazines, catalogs, pamphlets, cereal boxes, even phone books. Honestly if it has something of interest, I’ll read it. Reading is knowledge, right?   So just last week I found myself immersed in the Winter edition of MS Focus Magazine. MS Focus is the …

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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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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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What Gives?

What Gives?

    What Gives? That’s what I wanna know. One would think with over 20 years of experience, a person might know something. After twenty years of marriage, you are pretty familiar with your partner. Twenty years on the job?  It’s safe to say you know your way around the shop.   But after twenty …

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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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GooGooGagGag

GooGooGagGag

  As one with multiple sclerosis, you are well aware of all the crazy, wacky “cures” touted by a countless number of shucksters on the Internet. Cranberry, Ginko, Turmeric, Vitamin D, Diets, Bee stings, CCSVI and the list goes on & on. I’m not one to discredit a treatment option as it may just work …

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The Ol’ Switcheroo

The Ol’ Switcheroo

  There are times, whether you want to or not, when you are faced with doing the nasty deed. No, not that. I’m referring to changing your healthcare provider.     To someone with no major health problems, this isn’t such a big deal. But when you have a chronic illness, like multiple sclerosis, change …

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Making it official.