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How My Superpower Fights Multiple Sclerosis

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From the moment of my diagnosis, I was determined not to let MS defeat me. Although I was terrified of what MS would mean for my future, I slowly gathered my armor; (information), made my battle plan (improved diet, exercise, sleep and stress management strategies) and planted my feet for a fight. Lines were drawn between me and my immune system, both sides gaining and losing ground. While I hoped for a truce, I diligently worked on fortifying myself from the inside out, but MS was persistent. Through the years, I learned to acknowledge and trust in attributes that I never knew I had. I came to understand that these qualities were secret weapons to help me in my fight toward wellness.

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...

Stepping Out

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When former Air Force Captain Karla Clay was diagnosed with MS in 2001, she felt her life came to a halt. ​ We talked with Karla about her MS journey, and how the upcoming 40th National Veteran Wheelchair Games has helped her find a community, and ultimately, a sense of purpose...

To Tell, or Not to Tell?

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As MS warriors, most of us at one time or another have been faced with a crucial question: To tell, or not to tell? Deciding to tell someone about your diagnosis is a difficult decision because it’s so personal. Also, your choice can vary depending on the person asking, the situation, or even how you’re feeling that particular day...

Memories and the Name Game

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When my three kids were little, we often whiled away long car rides by playing something called The Name Game. It worked like this: Someone would say the first and last name of either a real person or a fictional character everyone in the car knew, which meant we had a lot of Star Wars and Harry Potter references.

Faking It

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Ugh.   I’m doing it again...

A Love Triangle: Him, Her and MS

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Building a successful relationship is hard work. Throw MS into the equation, and it can be even more challenging. We talked to Kate and Frank, married for over 10 years, to discuss how MS affects their relationship and family life...

MS and Dating

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I never had to worry about MS and dating because I was already in a relationship where it was out in the open. I was set. Until that relationship ended...

My A-Ha Moment

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Born in December 1976, I am a child of the 80s. One of the most quintessential songs of that era was “Take On Me” by the band A-Ha...

Career vs. MS

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I had huge plans for when I left university. I was going to start my new career as an illustrator! I had big dreams of everyone owning something with one of my designs on it. I managed to find an agent to represent me at major trade shows, and I even had a book deal while I was still at university! I was so excited. All I needed to do was to finish university.   But life never quite goes as you expect it to go, does it?...

Gaining It All Back

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Processed food came on the scene when I was in grade school. My mother was working full time when I was in fourth grade, plus another part time job when I was in high school. I had three sisters and a brother. I remember spending a lot of time home with my sisters and brother, but I don’t really remember my mom being there, so she must have been working many hours. I remember sitting down for dinners and picking numbers (small numbers on yellow pieces of paper that were thrown into a hat), to allow you to pick the leftover of your choice. This was a great game. Would it be left over hamburger helper, casserole, mac and cheese? I remember the big gallon jugs of milk and cheese we always had and the bread we ate. Food was our gathering spot, where my brother and I got tested for spelling, where we fought over the leftovers from previous nights...