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.  In particular, things like what you are thinking…and what you are feeling.

These silly kids games also can help explain your MS to others.

Let’s play and we shall see….





In Milton Bradley’s “Don’t Break The Ice,” a player tries to stay up on a slippery surface as blocks all around are crumbling downward.

Which block shall we knock out next?  And will our whole world tumble if we choose the wrong one?

Sounds familiar.  In MS, we question if we are making the best decisions for our health, the correct meds, doing the right thing.  And we worry should the blocks collapse.



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Sometimes with MS or any chronic disease, it seems like you get walloped over the head no matter what you do.

That explains why these moles in “Whac-A-Mole” by Toy Biz are wearing yellow hard hats.

Stupid vermin.




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With MS, weakened muscles, awful balance and foot-drop can make standing & walking difficult.


Kinda like treading on marbles in Tyco’s “Ker-Plunk.”


Players pull out the sticks…one by one…causing the walking surface to shift & change…..






…And before you know it, your butt meets the floor with a resounding “ker-plunk!”


So THAT’S how they came up with the name.

(I usually add several colorful expletives when I ker-plunk!)



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Having a soft spot for pachyderms, explains my fondness for “Hungry Hungry Hippos” from Milton Bradley.

This game also makes a good example for an MSer.

Because with MS, you aren’t just dealing with one symptom–and one alone.  Heck, those with MS struggle with two, three, four even more all at once!

So you end up with numerous hippos (each representing a symptom of MS) trying to feast on your backside.

These hippos aren’t just hungry, they are “hungry-hungry.”  Sounds like a eating disorder to me.


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Probably the best example of a kid’s game relating to MS is Milton Bradley’s “Ants In The Pants.”


Geez, what MSer doesn’t have the creepy-crawly feelings going up & down their arms and legs?


We don’t need to flip ants into our pants….They’re already in there!



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Finally, you can describe the “Why me?” feeling of MS with Parker Brother’s game of “Monopoly.”


Sometimes when you are having a rough day and nothings going right…it can feel like landing on “Boardwalk”, complete with hotels….and now’s time for you to pay the rent.






….Oh, and did I mention the iron was hot?






Does a particular game describe YOUR medical condition?

If so, it’s your turn to roll and make a play with a comment.

Otherwise, this game is over.





6 Replies to “Games Your MS Will Play”

  1. Love it, love it, love it! Too much brain fog tonight to think a game that describes my own MS but I know I will come up with one!!!

  2. Ooh, ooh, I have one: Boggle! You know, a bunch of jumbled up letters could represent your MS brain fog, through which you try to make coherent words.

    Here’s another: Risk. Your fate in this game is determined by rolls of the dice (and whether you were foolish enough to try to hold on to Europe or Asia — it’s impossible — but I digress). Kind of like MS in that you have no real control and you rely almost entirely on luck.

    Your pictures with the socks made me laugh, by the way.

  3. Your use of games to explain ms difficulties is very good. The other day, though, I was tryng to explain the problem I was having to a new acquaintance that knows nothing about ms. I usually use a scooter when I am out of the house but on this particular day I was feeling adventurous and was using my forearm crutches. My new friend saw that while I seemed to do fairly well when “walking” with my cruches, when I stopped and tried to stand in one place while looking at something I had difficulty balancing. I didn’t have a game to explain this and as I tried to explain what was happening he just began looking at me as if I was from a differnt planet. We need more time with our games. lol

  4. SCRABBLE -ed…..the way my brain gets when I’m tired.

    CLUE -less……when you try to explain to others how you REALLY feel.