Author: Doug Ankerman

Big Deal Little Deal No Deal

Big Deal Little Deal No Deal

  You are faced with challenges each & every day. And having multiple sclerosis only adds to that fact. Therefore, every day it’s your job to figure out how to deal with those challenges. To make it easier, My Odd Sock has turned it into a game!   I’ll provide the situation…then you decide if …

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Variety Pack

Variety Pack

  It’s called “Variety Pack” because this post to My Odd Sock consists of a mish-mash of leftover thoughts & observations. Like the variety pack of cereal boxes from your grocer, there may be some you enjoy and some, well, that will be shoved to the back of the pantry. Let’s dig in…   Am …

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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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Candy Hearts

Candy Hearts

Enjoy this sweet treat of a past My Odd Sock…..     Everyone adores the little candy hearts so popular this time of year. In fact, Neeco, the world’s renowned Sweetheart manufacturer, has been making them & sharing love since 1902! The touching phrases found on each heart have changed over the years, but they …

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I’m Tired Of…

I’m Tired Of…

  I am offering myself this platform to speak out. I am an eight-year member of AARP.  I wear Rockports.  I drive slow.  I am losing my hair.  Correction: not losing hair, it’s just growing in the wrong places. I get cranky and have to let it out before I have a stroke. So here …

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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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For Sale By Owner

For Sale By Owner

    Ever been given a gift you didn’t want? A gift you didn’t ask for? A gift you have never used since? Of course you have.  We all have.     With most gifts you can return them.  But this particular gift, I would be too embarrassed to take back. It was a shiny …

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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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Becoming Meta

Becoming Meta

  It was late October when Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO & poster child of bad barbering, announced his company was changing its name to Meta. Meta, short for “metaverse,” was chosen to best represent a futuristic version of what we now call the internet. Coming to agreement on a new name though, wasn’t an easy …

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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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