Living with M.S.

"Living with M.S. is sort of like training for a long race. The harder you try, and the longer you keep at it, the stronger you become.
Eventually, looking back, you may be amazed at the power you possessed, even when you had no idea it was within your reach." (Linda Ann Nickerson)


Tuning in sometimes clears the clutter for an MSer

Surplus stimulation can be startling, spellbinding, or simply shattering for anyone with multiple sclerosis. Loud, competing noises are often a particular problem to an MSer.

Even during a season of remission – as for a person with relapse-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) – the clutter of cacophony can be confusing.

Living with MS in a busy world sometimes feels like:

  • managing too many open computer windows,
  • trying to connect to more websites (at one time) than the current internet connection is able to manage,
  • listening to lots of complex conversations running simultaneously,
  •  or watching multiple televisions (at full volume) at once.

It can be annoying, confusing, disorienting, frustrating, and perplexing.

Loud and dissonant noises, in particular, can cause MS symptoms to erupt and blow up without warning.

In such situations, lots of MSers tune out … by tuning in.

We slip on headphones (or earbuds) and listen to rhythmic, soothing, relaxing music. Maybe we don’t listen to anything at all – just the sweet sound of silence.

Maybe mild MuSic does soothe the savage beast … or at least, the MS MonSter.

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