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The Importance of Preventive Care

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MS had really taken a toll on my new patient. Or so I thought… She came to see me one afternoon in my family medicine clinic. Her son pushed her into my exam room, and I moved my stool to make way for her wheelchair. One of her arms was rigid, useless. Her speech was slurred, and she reported terrible back pain. As an MS patient myself, I was disturbed to see her, knowing that my fate could be similar...

Five Ways MS Has Changed the Past Five Years

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There was no celebrating on the fifth anniversary of my diagnosis of relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis. Instead, I did some reflecting. After the reflecting was over, I made a list of the five ways—one for each year of the disease—MS changed the ways in which I move through and deal with the world...

Ready, Set, MS: My Sudden and Not-So-Surprising Diagnosis

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I specifically remember driving away from work on a Friday afternoon feeling like I had somehow hit my elbow and it was tingling. "Weird," I thought, as I shrugged it off. I was headed to one of the last Anaheim Ducks games of the season, and I was so excited. It was late March, and a group of friends and I were going to watch from a suite, which would make it a memorable night for more than one reason.   I woke up to a beautiful sunny, lazy Saturday morning to take my dog, Cooper, out for a walk. I noticed that the same feeling in my elbow from the day before seemed to have migrated to both hands. As we walked around the community, the same sensation seemed to radiate up my legs from my feet, leaving me feeling a bit unsteady. I jumped in the shower, and the numbness and tingling seemed to wrap around my entire torso. Immediately, my inner monologue shouted: MS...

MS Has Changed Me

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Having multiple sclerosis for the past 25 years has helped me become a better version of myself. Before I was diagnosed, I was an over-achieving, stressed out perfectionist. I wanted straight A’s in school, and I wanted to fit in with everyone. When I look back on the old me, I sometimes get frustrated because I stressed about everything, which I’m sure compromised my nervous system. I just couldn’t seem to love my own unique self; I always wanted to fit in and be like everyone else...

Why Me?

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Why me? No matter how lasting or fleeting, it’s a question that we instinctively ask ourselves—myself included...

On the Chopping Block

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Imagine whipping up a gourmet, cheeto-crusted turkey entrée dish in 30 minutes… in front of superstar chefs Scott Conant, Alex Guarnaschelli and Marc Murphy.   While most of us will only experience this scenario in our dreams, Chef Chris Holland found himself in this position once again when he returned to the Food Network’s Chopped kitchen and won for the third time...

The (2nd) Adventure of a Lifetime: MS on a Mission Trip

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Back in 2017, I shared the story of my stepdad, Tim’s, first time traveling abroad with MS.   While it was definitely an adventure for my family, what made this experience even more memorable was everything Tim, my mom and I learned about the challenges visiting different countries (or traveling in general) with MS and how to deal with the symptoms along the way...

Supermarkets and Other Chores

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In my opinion, the number one most annoying thing about life? Cleaning.   I used to love cleaning. I remember when I got my first apartment at 19, I’d get up early every Saturday morning to clean and scrub every inch! I’d feel ridiculously house-proud and like a proper “adult” for the first time in my life...

Depression and MS

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We’re always saddened when a favorite celebrity dies. But somehow the death by suicide of actor/comedian Robin Williams has felt like a sucker-punch to the gut. How could someone so seemingly full of life, someone who lit up so many other lives, have arrived at such a dark place that he’d take his own life?Depression.In the aftermath of Williams’ death we’ve been reminded that he long struggled with depression. We’ve been bombarded with messages urging us to be more aware of mental illness in general and depression in particular, and social media have been replete with videos of people telling us how we might help those in our lives who suffer from this insidious disease...
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