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How to MS Like a Boss

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How do you MS like a boss?!
How do you “own it?”
How do you feel more self-empowered with MS?
 
I was super inspired by the recent actions of ultimate-MS-boss Selma Blair beautifully displaying herself on the red carpet at the vanity fair Oscar party for the first time since her multiple sclerosis diagnosis...

Walking the Walk

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A few months ago, I was sitting in my car in a parking lot, and I saw a car pull into a disabled parking place. No one hung a disability placard on the rearview mirror, and I saw a young man jump out and head for the store.   “Hey, that’s a disabled parking place,” I yelled at him...  

Made Strong by Dance

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I will never forget the day I knew something was seriously wrong. I was in a funk dance fitness class dancing. It was a fast paced, heart pumping, dance fitness class. I started out fine, following the warm up routine as usual. As I was learning the choreography, the right side of my body, specifically my legs, suddenly felt very heavy and weren’t moving. My head felt light...

Twice as Many

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As an invisible illness, it’s often difficult to know if someone lives with MS. So, it comes as no surprise that many of us have a connection to MS we may be unaware of.And the odds of our connection have just increased...

MS Transparency: How Open Should I Be?

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Do I walk over and explain to the dude in the garage—the one who’s been giving me the stink eye ever since I pulled into a disabled parking spot—that, while I appear to be healthy, I actually have MS?   Do I tell my students what’s going on when I’m pressing my icy drink against my neck to cool me off while I’m teaching inside an overheated classroom, fretting about whether my MS heat sensitivity will flare up?...  

Precision Medicine in MS – What Will it Take?

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I’ve just come back from an exciting meeting in Dallas hosted by ACTRIMS (Americas Committee for the Treatment and Research in MS).  The focus was precision medicine. It’s the idea of using a person’s genetic background, environment, lifestyle and other factors to develop a customized approach to treat MS.   More than 1200 clinicians, young investigators and seasoned researchers gathered to consider what precision medicine would look like for people with MS, and the challenges and opportunities in getting closer to precision medicine. If you’re interested, you can browse the summaries of the presentations here...

How My Mom Being Diagnosed With MS Made Me a Better Person

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Writing this blog post has been so hard for me. Trying to think of all the positives of taking care of someone with MS when you’re 17 is not an easy feat. So I won't lie to you: It's not easy. It's not easy at all. It's not easy going from child to caretaker, it's not. Having to constantly take care of someone takes a huge toll on you. Now, I'm not the most experienced at being a caretaker or even at life, but I wanted to share with you some of the best tips that I have in being a caretaker and how to avoid not letting yourself have a life...

A Loss of Taste

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Somewhere along the way, my ability to savor certain foods has waned. Actually, it’s done more than waned. In some cases, it has warped into a bizarro situation where items I’ve long loved now suddenly taste of bitter disappointment.   What food now tastes terrible to me? My beloved morning coffee (with the exception of peppermint-flavored java), several red wines I used to adore, some marinara sauces, toasted everything bagels, and even the heartiest of sandwiches, unless they’re slathered with this spicy chipotle mayo I found...

Seeing the World Through Different Eyes

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Everything was just a tad off focus– like I couldn’t get my eyes to look forward no matter how hard I tried. I asked my mom for advice, not thinking anything of it. She figured it was allergies, gave me an Allegra and sent me on my way after I convinced her I didn’t need to see a doctor; I felt better after that. My eyes returned to normal, life went on. I left for college two days later. Turns out, I wasn’t fine and things did not go back to normal. About a week into my sophomore year, I woke up one morning and had no control over my left arm. I found this out when I went to put my contact lenses in the morning of my first day of work, at my first real job, and my hand shot right past my face. I thought it was weird, but assumed I was just tired or having a “me moment.” So, off to work I went...

MS: The Third Wheel in Our Marriage

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As I helped my husband, Norm, out of bed, I couldn’t help but think to myself: how did we get here?   It’s hard to even remember the people we were when we first meet in 2006. They seem like completely different people from a completely different time. A time when motorcycles, weekends filled with friends and family and simplicity moved our world...

Lessons Learned as a Doctor Turned Patient

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As a family doctor and self-proclaimed health nut, I thought I’d never get sick. Although I saw patients every day with unexpected illness, with the right combination of a vegetarian diet + obsessive hand-washing + exercise + adequate sleep, I thought I would live to be 100. I knew the secret ingredients, the formula, for avoiding chronic disease.And then, nine years ago, I woke up dizzy. I thought I was getting a cold that would pass in a few days. But instead of a sore throat and cough, I developed double vision and taste changes...