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The Mask

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‚ÄčLiving with multiple sclerosis, I often feel like I’m wearing a mask.

A disguise of sorts for protection. But sometimes, it’s hard to tell whom I’m protecting more–myself or others around me...

Like a Box of Chocolates

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A few Sundays ago, I woke up with a tingling sensation in my left fingertips. It was irritating, but unfortunately when you have MS, waking up with a new or odd sensation is a common occurrence. Life goes on…

Grinning Towards the Horizon

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The other day I wondered, where does the phrase “grin and bear it” come from? I had varied success in tracing its origin, but it appears to be derived William Hickey’s “Memoirs,” published in 1775, as an expression used by sailors attempting to survive a long spell of bad weather...

Don't Sweat the MS

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Don’t sweat the small stuff. That’s how the saying goes, right? But what if the seemingly smaller aspects of your life are actually the ones that drive your engine and spirit? Life with multiple sclerosis is not easy. Energy needs to be rationed. The odd and sometimes agonizing sensations never cease. Pain is constant. The quantity and quality of vision and mobility is negotiated on a moment-to-moment basis...

The Moment

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Life altering events come in various forms. It could be one brief moment, a snapshot in time; or perhaps extend over a week, months or even a year. Sometimes it’s pretty obvious to recognize; in other instances, it might not fully register or become clear until later... 

My Voice

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Once upon a time, in a land far, far away there was a boy named Michael.  The land was Europe. Frankfurt, Germany, to be exact. It was September 1980 and it was Michael’s first day of kindergarten.  Michael, the youngest of three boys, was excited to finally join his older brothers at school. His mother, Frances, walked proudly with him to Frankfurt Elementary #1...

Going for Gold

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It was a beautiful spring day. Crisp air and clear skies accompanied me as I jogged through our neighborhood.  Oftentimes, I juggled work ideas in my head during my runs and this one was probably no different. But when it happened, I was actually pondering whether I should take our dog, J√§ger, with me on a run the next day. I even remember the exact house I was in front of when my left leg gave out...

The MS Handshake

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Out here in Texas there aren’t many fans of the D.C./Virginia sports teams so whenever I wear any Redskins, Nationals or Hokies gear, it stands out.  Last week, while I was at the store, an older man started a conversation with me. “Go Nationals!” I heard him exclaim as he was staring at the Washington Nationals hat I had on...

Five Things

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About nine years ago, I was in a meeting at work and the executive in charge declared: “Five things. I can only remember five things at one time.”   He said it with a smile, but I understood the larger theme that he was communicating – keep the presentations brief and our recommendations/solutions as clear and concise as possible. Five things. His words still echo in my thoughts today but for vastly different reasons than what he had originally intended...

The MS Grenade

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Everyone has their own 30-second story. It’s not a detailed autobiography, just high-level talking points that capture who you are and what you do. This isn’t just an adult thing; you may not realize it, but you’ve been doing it since you learned to talk. The Early Years:  When you are just a toddler and meet someone new, within seconds, you’re discussing how old you are.  Age is the defining characteristic of a child’s life – sometimes a question about having a pet, siblings or how many times the Tooth Fairy has visited might be included - but the focus revolves around your number – 3, 6, or even 9 years old...  
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