Category Archives: Life with MS

A “Red” Moment

One of my favorite movies is the Shawshank Redemption, and possibly one of the most lasting pair of characters, for me, is Brooks and Red. Both toiled for years in prison, yearning to be free; remembering what it was like when they were…

I had an MRI yesterday. They found a sloth.

The benefits of sharing

Some people shrink at the opportunity to share their illnesses, especially in a workplace. I understand this completely. In 1989 I was fired from a job for the offense of being pregnant (I was the manager in the art department of a printer…

What triggers MS & MS Attacks? They still don’t know, but they’re closing in.

I read this article on the National MS Society blog with interest and disappointment–disappointment because once again they are trying to tie in female hormones into a disease that affects men and women, and interest because of the news that salt might play…

Springtime’s here, and the livin’s queasy

Spring has always been a rough time for my MS. My major attacks have always occurred in Spring with the absolute worst ones from March through May. This is the time of year when I am acutely aware of visual acuity, memory lapses…

Swab it and stick it. Don’t be a baby.

So, today I took my Avonex Shot. It is an auto-ject pen. The first step to assembly is to put on the needle: Then, as photographed, twist off the cap. One twist, and the the needle attached to the housing. But interestingly, the…

Multple Sclerosis Awareness Week

Today is the start of MS Awareness week.  I have lived with a diagnosis of MS since 1992 but probably had it as far back as 1978, when I was just 14; but back then, there were no MRI machines, no one believed…

Thoughts on chronic illness, career, and keeping yourself top of mind to others

I read a great article about Carol Miller on radio, staying relevant in your chosen career, aging in the public eye and having a career when you are chronically ill. I can identify with her on many levels. The aging part, not quite…

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