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MS & Me Blogger Emma
Emma Valentine
11 Apr 2024

Navigating life, MS and mental health

Once the initial shock of an MS diagnosis has lessened somewhat, I think everyone begins to realise that MS is not just a physical journey; it’s a profound mental and emotional voyage that affects nearly 2.8 million people worldwide. This chronic, often disabling disease of the central nervous system has a notorious unpredictability, making its impact on mental health as significant as its physical impacts. 

Joan
Joan Jordan
28 Mar 2024

How MS Piqued My Interest in Ethics

Often people ask me what I do all day given that I don’t have a full-time job anymore. I assume the question is coming from a positive place - that there is a genuine interest in how many chronically ill people spend their days. If we don’t talk about these things, then we miss the chance to clear up any misconceptions.

Willeke Van Eeckhoutte 2021
Willeke Van Eeckhoutte
21 Mar 2024

Neurology waiting room, 10 years later

Ten years ago, while waiting for a neurology appointment at Beaumont Hospital, I wrote a heart-wrenching blog post about the unpredictability and unfairness of having multiple sclerosis. Next month, I will go back to the scene of the crime - and in the same month I received my diagnosis, no less.

 

Rosie Farrell
Rosie Farrell
07 Mar 2024

A Letter to My Husband

Dear Niall,

Eight years ago I held your hand on a still May morning as we set off on our third Darkness into Light walk for Pieta House, a charity that we both owe a lot to. I knew our whole world was about to change. After three weeks in hospital the previous October, having undergone every test and multiple lumbar punctures, the threat of those two words clung to everything - Multiple Sclerosis.

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Nadia Anshasi
29 Feb 2024

Hollywood, Applegate and an Irish sense of humour

It’s that time of year again – awards season 2024. I’m no film buff, but even I can’t resist being swept up in the glamour and excitement of it all; whether it’s gushing over all of the designer gunas or admiring the A-lister’s hair and makeup.

While Barbie versus Oppenheimer seems to be dominating the talk of tinsel town, my eye has been drawn to a lesser-hyped moment of this season: Christina Applegate

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MS and Me Blog Editorial Team
22 Feb 2024

A new chapter for the MS and Me blog

A belated happy New Year to you all. Last year saw the MS and Me blog celebrate its 10th year thanks to the amazing support of the MS community and we are excited to say we have plenty of new and exciting changes afoot for 2024.

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Nadia Anshasi
06 Dec 2023

An Obituary for My DMT

“Dearly Beloved, we are gathered today to bid farewell to a dear friend of mine. 

Please join me as I say goodbye to my companion of almost ten years. We’ve been through the ups and downs that life has thrown at us this past decade, but our relationship has soured in recent weeks. Today I say farewell to Copaxone, my first and (formerly) dependable disease modifying therapy (DMT).”

Mary Devereux July 2020
Mary Devereux
30 Nov 2023

Becoming More Disabled

As I enter my 12th year of living with Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis even thinking and writing the word Disabled is uncomfortable for me. One of the hardest aspects is accepting the slow progression of disability that MS is bringing, all the while feeling I don’t belong in this category. It’s like I am some kind of interloper. 

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