Wrapped Up in Love   by Kristina Marie Dizard Oh February, how you love to taunt me. So many of us (eh hem…) single individuals are forced to listen to unrelenting ads for jewelry, chocolate and other gift suggestions for “the one you love”. The thought that always whispers ever so gently to me during...
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Silent Warriors   by Kristina Marie Dizard I park my Hyundai in the closest handicap spot I can find at the drug store. It’s got a few dents in it, just like my body does. As I get out I see a young couple walking along the sidewalk staring at me; waiting to see the...
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The History of MS: We’ve Come a Long Way by Meagan Freeman What is your New Year’s resolution? Mine is to reach out and try to help as many MS patients as possible. When we think about New Year’s Day, certain images come to mind: Renewal, refreshment, starting again, a clean slate. This is our...
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Finding Joy in a Life with MS   by Christine Brovelli O’Brien As I sit here writing this, I am pulling myself out of the funk I’ve been in for a few weeks. My husband pointed out that I fell into this funk soon after I went to see my neurologist for my six-month check-up....
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Abby’s Mitzvah Project by Abigail Katz My name is Abigail Katz and I am 12 years old and in the 7th grade. I live in New Jersey with my mother Stacey, my father Adam and my older sister Jordyn. We are a very close family. When I was 4 years old my father was diagnosed...
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When the Healer Becomes the Patient by Meagan Freeman I was diagnosed with MS in 2009, right in the middle of my Bachelors degree program in Nursing. I had been an emergency department RN for 10 years prior, and was hoping to pursue my Nurse Practitioner Masters degree. My diagnosis was a shocking blow. In...
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Bike MS: Interview with Caroline Blackledge by Caroline Kyriakou Question: How was getting to Bike MS and your first day? Answer: On Friday afternoon, my Bike MS teammate Deb and I left the Portland, Oregon area a little earlier than we had last year. I wanted to arrive in Monmouth in the early evening so...
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When Other Parents Think You’re Lazy   By Christine Brovelli O’Brien Do you ever just want to scream out to the world, “I have MS! Give me a break! I may look fine, but guess what – I’m not!” Multiple sclerosis is referred to as an “invisible disease” with good reason: Many MSers appear “normal”...
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Toddlers and Fatigue Don’t Always Play Nice Together   By Christine Brovelli O’Brien When I was diagnosed with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis in April 2012, my daughter, was not yet two years old. During the time of my flare-up that spring (see my recent blog post for more details about that crazy time), when I also...
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Trusting Your Instincts   By Christine Brovelli O’Brien “You have three white matter lesions.” That was how, back in April 2013, I received my initial diagnosis of relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis. My neuro-ophthalmologist, who was kind enough to call me on a Saturday morning, spent a few minutes explaining to me what white matter lesions are...
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