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)


Yucky: Describing multiple sclerosis from A to Z

Living with multiple sclerosis requires an element of spunk and spirit. You might say a person becomes downright plucky, dealing with a chronic medical condition that is absolutely yucky.

What does “yucky” even mean?

It’s an example of onomatopoeia, which is any word that looks and sounds like what it means. We say something is yucky when we find it cruddy, disagreeable, discomforting, disgusting, distasteful, foul, gross, icky, nasty, offensive, repugnant, rotten, and unpleasant.

That pretty much describes multiple sclerosis.

Any or all of those words fit, especially during MS’ worst moments. And that’s not just when the MonSter disrupts an MS warrior’s basic bodily functions, interfering even with personal hygiene. (OK, that’s really yucky!) And that doesn’t happen to all of us.

This thing called MS is yucky because it scars up our brains. It makes our heads spin. It makes our extremities (and other parts) randomly tingle, twitch, sting, burn, or go absolutely numb. It’s a senseless sick (and still incurable) condition that can make us walk drunkenly without drinking, battle motion sickness while staying still, and trip over things that aren’t even there.

That’s pretty yucky. Good thing we’re plucky, ‘cause we’re not getting stucky by this MonStrous schmucky.

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