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)


Abrupt: Describing multiple sclerosis from A to Z

Multiple sclerosis has no manners. It’s rude. The MS MonSter stomps into a person’s life and begins wreaking havoc with no warning and no welcome.

He’s like an uninvited houseguest, who barges into your home and begins turning everything upside-down. Pretty soon, you can’t seem to find your stuff. You find yourself frustrated and exhausted and somehow disoriented. You can’t wait till he leaves.

It it’s Relapse-Remitting MS, then it comes and goes on its own whim. One day, the MSer feels pretty good. OK, maybe you feel pretty average or at least not totally terrible. The next day can be a completely different story.

Bam! Flat on your back. Down for the count. Or shuffling along the best you can for while.

Blindness, dizziness, numbness, weird pains, or other crazy symptoms pop up suddenly. Body parts stop working properly. On a good turn, these problems may vanish just as abruptly. Or not.

Abrupt. Blunt and snippy and impetuous, and ungracious and totally rude. That’s the MS MonSter. If he were a person who showed up and rang your doorbell, you’d tell him you’re not buying and send him on his way.

Yes, you’d kick him to the curb. And sometimes we can sort of do that with MS. But sometimes it just seems to kick us harder.

April A to Z Challenge 2016 logo – fair use
 Adapted from public domain artwork

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  1. Oh wow - this is a powerful way to start the #AtoZChallenge2016! MS is absolutely a MonSter and creating a persona like you have done is a powerful way to help people relate to a situation which they may not have any experience with. I love your theme and I wish you all the best through the challenge!

  2. I am a nurse and I have given care to those with MS from time to time. I also have a couple of people I know who suffer. It is a strange disease that seems to hold onto people in different ways.

    Paula from
    Smidgen, Snippets, & Bits


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