New Year’s Resolutions

As we make the transition from 2013 to 2014, it can be instructive to take stock of what we’ve accomplished in the past twelve months – and to contemplate what we’d like to accomplish in the coming year.
Of course, many of us do that as a matter of routine when it comes to our personal and professional lives. I can’t remember a time when I haven’t begun the New Year with a long list of things I’d like to do better than I have done in the past.
As a community of people who share an interest in multiple sclerosis, we may also take this opportunity to look back over the past year’s advances in understanding and treating MS. Whether we have MS ourselves or love someone who does, we can take heart that smart scientists all over the world, many of them funded by or working in partnership with the National MS Society, have dedicated themselves during the past year to tackling the many issues surrounding this frustrating disease.
As this overview of research progess in 2013 reveals, science has chipped away at MS on several fronts, from learning more about how to help people with progressive MS to understanding who is most likely to get MS and how we might possibly reverse damage done by MS.
Of course, just as in our personal and professional lives, much remains to be done on the MS front. We all fervently hope for the day when a cure for MS is discovered. Until then, though, I am grateful to all those who include making progress toward that goal on their list of New Year’s resolutions.
Happy New Year, one and all!  
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Jennifer LaRue Huget, Blogger

Jennifer LaRue Huget was diagnosed with MS in 2001. A freelance writer and children's book author, she lives in Connecticut with her husband, two teenage kids, and two brown dogs. Her website is

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    Bobo  Dec 31, 2013 12:06 PM
    It is time to assess what I've been doing, what was tried, what was successful, and to be proud of what I accomplished. I'm looking forward to 2014, as I continue to move mostly forward on my own steam, handle tasks that challenge my brain, and enjoy being with friends and family. I'm grateful for the various research communities that continue to make efforts to reach a cure for MS, and to ease current MS symptoms as best they can at this time. Thank you to all concerned in making my life better.
  • vivianegauvin  Dec 31, 2013 2:55 PM
    I was diagnosed with MS in May 2013. So, honestly, I'm looking at 2014 with a little dread but also with hope. So out with the old, in with the new! I am planning on running my first 5K ever in 2014. It's not a marathon but I will not let that disease get the better of me. Not now, not in 2014, not ever.
  • Theresa   Jan 1, 2014 3:30 AM
    I was diagnosed in December 1997 and one thing that I have learned throughout the years is not to put emphasis on material things, they are another thing to carry but to put emphasis on moments. Time spent with family, time in the sun or walking, listening to the waves crash on the beach or birds fly overhead. Those moments are priceless.
  • LAURIE ELISE GARVIN   Jan 1, 2014 2:20 PM
    I HAVE healed three wounds and I am starting to write a book thru my blog NORTHWESTERNVIEWS.

    I have one more wound left because it was debrided.

    I am starting school again to keep my brain alive at a local community college.