Category: Multiple Sclerosis

The MS Monster is Back

The MS Monster is Back
“No, it can’t happen this weekend.” I told myself as I strolled through the grocery store picking up ingredients for smitten kitchen’s breakfast pizza I was planning to make as a surprise for my husband’s birthday the next day. As I attempted to find a shallot (shouldn’t it be near the onions) my left eye... Read more »

Surviving winter with an autoimmune disease

Recently I met Sara, writer at High Heels and Training Wheels.  Sara is a caring young mom that has lupus and is suffering during this bitter cold Chicago winter too.  I am grateful she offers ideas below on managing this never-ending freeze and love that she incorporated my daughter’s favorite movie, Frozen. *    ... Read more »

My science writing debut

My science writing debut
My husband often googles multiple sclerosis to see what new research is out there.  He forwards the articles I may find interesting or informative. Yesterday, I received an email with the subject – “Read this, Cool.” (Admittedly I don’t read them all). Imagine my surprise when I read this article in Bio News, The one... Read more »
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Multiple sclerosis and cold weather don't mix

Multiple sclerosis and cold weather don't mix
Extreme temperature change affects those with multiple sclerosis.  Many claim to be bothered by heat, but the cold seems to attack me harder. According the  National MS Society, Many people with MS experience a temporary worsening of their symptoms when the weather is very hot or humid or they run a fever, sunbathe, get overheated... Read more »

Living and Laughing with MS

While I am away vacationing with my husband and desperately trying to disconnect, I’m pleased to introduce you to another Chicago Now writer, Mr. Patrick O’hara.  Patrick is a Chicago born comedian and writes Comedy, Tragedy and Me.  Patrick was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis a few months ago, and like me when I was diagnosed; found... Read more »

Jack Osbourne brings awareness to MS on Dancing with the Stars

Jack Osbourne brings awareness to MS on Dancing with the Stars
I haven’t watched “Dancing with the Stars” in years, but this season I tuned into the premiere specifically to see one “star;” Jack Osbourne. Osbourne, 27, diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2012 is “Dancing With the Stars” and using the show as a platform to help others afflicted with the disease. “Physically right now, I’m good,”... Read more »
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One year ago I was diagnosed with MS

One year ago I was diagnosed with MS
One year ago on September 8, 2012 I woke up in my son’s bed with a numb hand and a limp. Three days later I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and admitted to the hospital with a steady stream of steroids flowing into my body. One year ago I would get annoyed at my husband... Read more »

Dairy-free eating: does it work?

Dairy-free eating: does it work?
Since October when the holistic doctor gave me a test and revealed I was allergic to dairy, I’ve been really strict about eliminating it from diet.  It isn’t difficult anymore; it quickly has become part of my life. I’m the one at the restaurant asking if each component of my meal includes dairy, and I’m... Read more »

Multiple Sclerosis and MRIs: The Results

Multiple Sclerosis and MRIs: The Results
Thank you all for your feedback and support from Multiple Sclerosis and MRIs: When does it become normal?    Your response showed me that you do want to read about my journey and there are others out there that my words can help. The MRI was not fun, the Xanax did not work and instead... Read more »
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Multiple Sclerosis and MRIs: When does it become normal?

Multiple Sclerosis and MRIs: When does it become normal?
Sunday I am getting an MRI.  It is a routine, follow up MRI to compare with the one taken when I was diagnosed with MS eleven months ago.  I nonchalantly made my appointment as I paid our mortgage and parking tickets. It all seems so casual, although it shouldn’t be such a normal part of... Read more »