Yearly Archives: 2013

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By Donna Steigleder - December 23, 2013

I’ve never been comfortable with strong expressions of anger. I’m the sort of person that prefers to compromise and resolve things peacefully so one of the more difficult challenges I have faced… READ MORE

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By Ashley Ringstaff - December 22, 2013

I know a lot of women with MS discuss/question if they should have children after receiving their diagnosis of MS. Well, I can’t say that I had to ‘make’ that decision because… READ MORE

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By Kim Dolce - December 20, 2013

With Christmas only days away, I’ve racked my brain to come up with some sage wisdom to share about how to manage the stress of the holidays and realized that I haven’t… READ MORE

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By Steve Woodward - December 18, 2013

Following my last relapse in the summer of 2012, I had a course of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I’d never had any kind of therapy before and I’ve always had quite a short-fuse (about stuff… READ MORE

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By Ashley Ringstaff - December 11, 2013

You’re probably wondering what in the world the title to this blog means… Well let me explain. I’ve found that I try and explain to others that every individual with Multiple Sclerosis… READ MORE

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By Laura Kolaczkowski - December 9, 2013

A topic that comes up over and over in a variety of places on the web where people with Multiple Sclerosis gather and compare notes is the handicapped parking placard.  You know… READ MORE

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By Steve Woodward - December 2, 2013

So here’s a thing I’ve been noticing more and more as I’ve been exploring websites with my MS Head on (aside from the fact that there are a LOT of MS websites/blogs/portals/news… READ MORE

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By Kim Dolce - November 18, 2013

There is a special place in my heart for guys who are unlucky enough to develop Multiple Sclerosis. We’re all unlucky to have this disease, but as statistics will bear out, our… READ MORE

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By Ashley Ringstaff - November 14, 2013

I find myself saying, “I don’t know” frequently when it comes to my MS when having discussions with family and friends… Here are some examples: Is your MS medication working? Are you… READ MORE

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By Ashley Ringstaff - November 4, 2013

There is this popular article named the “Spoon Theory”… it was written by someone with Lupus, and trying to describe to her friend what it was like living with Lupus… while they… READ MORE

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By Kim Dolce - October 27, 2013

Ever wonder how far back in time people had MS? What they thought about it, and how they treated it? Naturally, our knowledge about MS in times gone by is heavily reliant… READ MORE

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By Laura Kolaczkowski - October 25, 2013

How many of you have that moment you realize that something significant about you has changed?  I’ve been experiencing that moment over and over lately and am not quite sure how to make… READ MORE

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By Ashley Ringstaff - October 24, 2013

Let me start off by saying, I’m not an ‘overly serious’ person. I like to make people laugh… and I try to keep things light hearted for the most part. Of course… READ MORE

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By Ashley Ringstaff - October 11, 2013

**Warning: Long Personal MS Relapse Story** You know, when people learn that I have MS – they can’t “see” any disability physically (without looking REAL deep and longer than a few minutes)…. READ MORE

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By Christie Germans - October 10, 2013

You might say that I was born to love cycling. It’s in my blood. My family, after all, was raised in a part of the world where everyone bikes around to school,… READ MORE

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By Ashley Ringstaff - October 2, 2013

** This blog is just a vent in general… it is in no way directed towards anyone or any certain situation. This particular blog post is FULL of sarcasm; you have been… READ MORE

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By Laura Kolaczkowski - September 30, 2013

Not long ago there was a message on my voicemail to call the credit card company’s fraud department.  Thankfully, their surveillance system automatically caught the fact that wiring a large sum of… READ MORE

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By Laura Kolaczkowski - September 29, 2013

It’s finally here –not just any book, but a book about MS, written by people who know Multiple Sclerosis the best – patients and caregivers. Last year, a creative writers group named… READ MORE

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By Kim Dolce - September 24, 2013

What is this, you ask? A sequel to Michael Crichton’s blockbuster sci-fi thriller, The Andromeda Strain? Hardly. That little dickens was a rogue airborne microbe from outer space that crystallized blood and paralyzed… READ MORE

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By Ashley Ringstaff - September 19, 2013

Okay, let me just start off by saying… I don’t embarrass easily. I’m a very open person… and I don’t usually care what people think. But let me tell you what happened… READ MORE

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By Ashley Ringstaff - September 12, 2013

I think it’s well known that multiple sclerosis has MANY “mimicking” diseases… such as Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and many others… I was not diagnosed with any of those prior to getting my… READ MORE

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By Nicole Lemelle - September 9, 2013

Everyone can look back 5 years and say wow I was so different then. We can all remember the things we did years ago that we are not able to do now…. READ MORE

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By Ashley Ringstaff - September 2, 2013

So I’m gonna have another “vent” post… and I hope I’m not alone with what I’m about to discuss. Have you ever had someone tell you, “I think you’re exaggerating” or “I… READ MORE

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By Patrick Leer - August 14, 2013

Sitting in the waiting room I listened as Patti reinvented the boundaries of cursing, swearing and yelling even with her own daughter trying to help before another mammogram bit the dust …… READ MORE

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By Laura Kolaczkowski - August 11, 2013

On the recommendation of my neurologist, I had  Botox treatment last week and may now have a very young looking bladder after receiving 200 units through injections.  This is a relatively new… READ MORE

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By Kim Dolce - August 9, 2013

Romantically speaking, MSers fall into one of four categories: Happily married, in a complicated relationship, happily or resignedly single, or single and looking for love. Separated from my husband for nearly a… READ MORE

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By Ashley Ringstaff - August 6, 2013

I don’t know if it’s just me, but whenever I have an MRI and learn that I’m progressing and/or when I go into a flare, it feels like I’m dealing with being… READ MORE

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By Ashley Ringstaff - July 31, 2013

So, I was very excited/nervous to start Tecfidera. After taking 3 other medications and them not working out… I hadn’t been on any medication for a few months. So, for the first… READ MORE

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By Editorial Team - July 14, 2013

Although severe cognitive impairment only affects a small group of people with MS, up to two-thirds of people with MS notice some problems with the thinking process. This may include memory, communication… READ MORE

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By Laura Kolaczkowski - July 5, 2013

Philosophers have long proclaimed that music soothes the soul.  There are many written references that romanticize the healing power of music. In 1697, William Congreve, a British author, wrote the play The Mourning Bride, about… READ MORE

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By Editorial Team - July 3, 2013

Several weeks ago we asked our Facebook community members to help us finish this sentence: In a word – Living with MS, I get my inspiration from ________. The results were overwhelming… READ MORE

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By Laura Kolaczkowski - July 2, 2013

There was a recent discussion on multiplesclerosis.net, started by a person who is trying to navigate the emotional pitfalls of caring for someone who is living with MS.  This friend’s friend had just undergone multiple… READ MORE

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By Patrick Leer - June 20, 2013

Mobility is archetypal yet with Multiple Sclerosis as ambulatory symptoms progress, falling becomes the dominant danger while contractures are the stealth enemy lurking inside the solution. Lacking a National Health Service, here… READ MORE

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By Ashley Ringstaff - June 17, 2013

I’ve heard a lot of things since I’ve been diagnosed with MS. Some of them are like, “Why don’t we have a ‘famous’ spokesperson for MS to represent the MS community?” Well… READ MORE

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By Nicole Lemelle - June 15, 2013

  “We learn the inner secret of happiness when we learn to direct our inner drives, our interest and our attention to something besides ourselves.” – Ethel Percy Andrus Some days I am… READ MORE

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By Patrick Leer - June 13, 2013

‘Unicorn in a cage’ was a popular phrase in the late 80’s early 90’s to motivate MS fundraising before maintenance meds signifcantly changed the focus for some. Living with MS as a… READ MORE

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By Laura Kolaczkowski - May 18, 2013

I’ll publicly admit as a child I did some stupid things – fortunately they didn’t cause permanent damage and I have the ability to still laugh at most of them. One of… READ MORE

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By Laura Kolaczkowski - May 14, 2013

Have you taken the time to look through the stories of Multiple Sclerosis being told on this site? The number of people sharing their story on Multiple Sclerosis.net is growing. Everyone’s experiences… READ MORE

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By Laura Kolaczkowski - May 10, 2013

In 2008 I had a myocardial infarction due to vasospasm of unknown origin. In other words, I had a heart attack that couldn’t be explained through normal reasons and tests. My arteries… READ MORE

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By Laura Kolaczkowski - May 2, 2013

Some of the terminology in  Multiple Sclerosis bothers me a lot, particularly because we don’t have our own medical vocabulary and many of the words we use  don’t clearly tell what the… READ MORE

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By Cathy Chester - April 17, 2013

Who ever thought we’d be injecting ourselves with medication for some strange disease called Multiple Sclerosis?  Growing up, no one thinks about illness or medication or autoimmune diseases.  Girls think about skipping… READ MORE

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By Laura Kolaczkowski - March 29, 2013

Diagnosing and treating MS always includes questions about balance because that is a common problem, and the doctors regularly ask about any recent trips or falls. This is a disease that can make even the strongest of us walk at times like we have been on an all-night bender, weaving left and right to get to our goal.

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By Nicole Lemelle - March 28, 2013

I have added a new activity to my repertoire! Therapeutic horseback riding or hippo-therapy! Have you heard of it before? I certainly had not. Though I live in the south, riding horses… READ MORE

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By Patrick Leer - March 25, 2013

“How do you deal the envy you may feel toward others who lead seemingly “normal” lives?” Frankly I couldn’t even tell you what ‘normal’ is anymore. People who devote their life to… READ MORE

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By Nicole Lemelle - March 21, 2013

I just realized I submitted my first blog post on this very new site www.multiplesclerosis.net without first formally introducing myself! Please excuse my obnoxiousness. I am Nicole Lemelle of www.mynewnormals.com and I… READ MORE

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By Laura Kolaczkowski - March 17, 2013

More than a few people have told me their story of how Multiple Sclerosis has affected them and their relationships.  At those times when MS gives me the blues, I think of… READ MORE

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By Lisa Emrich - March 15, 2013

As with many autoimmune diseases, the exact cause(s) of multiple sclerosis is still unknown. However, research has identified contributing factors including genetics, the environment, and our immune system.  There have been theories… READ MORE

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By Nicole Lemelle - March 14, 2013

“Our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world as being able to remake ourselves.” –Gandhi 

In order to make a difference I’ve gotten more involved with my… READ MORE

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By Laura Kolaczkowski - March 13, 2013

Perusing MultipleSclerosis.net, my eye wanders to a heading at the top of the page that asks ‘What is MS?” and I immediately thought ‘now that’s the million dollar question!’ Beyond being the… READ MORE

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By Laura Kolaczkowski - March 12, 2013

It can be annoying when a child around the age of 5 discovers the joy of repeating a knock-knock joke over and over – we continue to smile each time it is repeated and we laugh to encourage their engagement with learning this social skill.

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By Laura Kolaczkowski - March 6, 2013

Look around the calendar and you will find the months littered with colors, all intended to raise awareness for a specific cause. You would have to live under a rock to not… READ MORE

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By Editorial Team - January 6, 2013

Welcome to MultipleSclerosis.net, the newest resource for patients and caregivers living with multiple sclerosis. Multiple sclerosis can have an enormous impact on the lives of patients and their loved ones. Whether you were… READ MORE

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