6 Tips for Parenting with MS

Although I am not an expert in childrearing techniques, I’d like to think that I’ve learned a few things in my 40 years as a mom.
Although I am not an expert in childrearing techniques, I’d like to think that I’ve learned a few...
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8 Questions to Help Evaluate Health News Online

Thanks to the Internet, the latest news about...
Thanks to the Internet, the latest news about MS spreads quickly. Because anyone can publish on...
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10 Proven Tools to Combat Stress, Promote Wellness

From financial worries to family responsibilities, from changes to job status, Americans are dealing with ever-increasing stress in their lives.
From financial worries to family responsibilities, from changes to job status, Americans are...
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4 Symptoms Seasonal Affective Disorder, MS share

During winter, you may experience an increase in symptoms that may feel like an MS exacerbation, but may actually be SAD.
During winter, you may experience an increase in symptoms that may feel like an MS exacerbation...
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5 Reasons a Second Opinion is Important

There is no complete and precise tool to...
There is no complete and precise tool to diagnose multiple sclerosis.
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8 CAM Cautions

Whether or not you are using complementary and alternative medicine, it’s important to talk to your physician before trying any type of CAM.
Whether or not you are using complementary and alternative medicine, it’s important to talk to...
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5 Unknown Symptoms Associated with MS

Most people with MS experience fatigue, difficulty with mobility, and numbness. However, there are other symptoms that are less common.
Most people with MS experience fatigue, difficulty with mobility, and numbness. However, there...
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A Journey of Exploration and Self-Discovery

“Find something positive, that you love to do. Find your passion and while you are doing it, you forget that you have MS.”
“Find something positive, that you love to do. Find your passion and while you are doing it, you...
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Adaptive Exercises and MS

The key to living with MS is to continue...
The key to living with MS is to continue physical activity in whatever capacity you can. Movement...
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Treatment for Cognitive Difficulties

Cognitive difficulties are common symptoms of...
Cognitive difficulties are common symptoms of MS. In the past few years neuropsychologists have...
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Keeping the Lifelines Open

It’s up to each and every one of us to be safe,...
It’s up to each and every one of us to be safe, informed, responsible and compassionate. 
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Sorting Out Covid-19 Information with MS

The question becomes with all this information...
The question becomes with all this information coming from different angles, how do you mute the...
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Changing the Stigma of What Disability Looks Like

I owe it to every single person living with a...
I owe it to every single person living with a chronic illness, invisible illness, or disability...
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Take The Lead In How Loved Ones Respond To Your MS

Because I’m the person living with MS, the...
Because I’m the person living with MS, the people around me often are taking cues from me in how...
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Don't be quick to blame MS for every challenge

Changing and reworking some of the ways you...
Changing and reworking some of the ways you think and the approaches you take can help you to...
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Understanding your rights

Know the laws of your state in the workplace and behind the wheel.
Know the laws of your state in the workplace and behind the wheel.
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Lifestyle is key to aging well with MS

No matter what age you are now, making...
No matter what age you are now, making lifestyle changes can improve and prolong your life.
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It’s okay to ask for help

Asking for help doesn’t show a sign of weakness...
Asking for help doesn’t show a sign of weakness. It shows a sign of respect for yourself and for...
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How to Qualify for SSDI Benefits

Don’t wait to file your claim for Social Security disability benefits if you believe you qualify.
Don’t wait to file your claim for Social Security disability benefits if you believe you qualify.
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Adapting to Unpredictable Changes, Phases of MS

We all must remember things change. Also, we...
We all must remember things change. Also, we also must remember not to think everything is...
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It’s okay to say “no”

It takes a while to learn the differences between saying “yes” versus “no.” But remember, it’s...
It takes a while to learn the differences between saying “yes” versus “no.” But remember, it’s...
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MS and Mental Health

If you find yourself struggling with mental...
If you find yourself struggling with mental health, here are some tips on how to get help.
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How do I Decide?

You owe it to yourself to learn as much as...
You owe it to yourself to learn as much as possible (from reputable sources) about how each group...
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Understanding Your MRI

One-on-one sessions can help you and your...
One-on-one sessions can help you and your doctor bond and create a level of better understanding.
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Talking to Your Boss About Doctor Appointments

Most people do not like discussing their MS...
Most people do not like discussing their MS with their boss. That being said, it is a tricky...
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4 Strategies for Taking Care of Your Caregiver

Take the time to take care of your caregiver as...
Take the time to take care of your caregiver as best as you can. They need you on their side...
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Making the Most of Your Appointments 

Be your own advocate and speak up. Don’t allow...
Be your own advocate and speak up. Don’t allow interruptions, finish your train of thought...
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MRI Pro Tips

Here are some tips I’ve learned that should...
Here are some tips I’ve learned that should help you have an improved MRI experience.
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No New Disease Progression

when my neurologist tells me I have no new...
when my neurologist tells me I have no new disease progression, I feel like I am winning the...
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Three ways to live with MS in real time

Living with MS isn’t so much about managing the time we have, it’s being real about the time that...
Living with MS isn’t so much about managing the time we have, it’s being real about the time that...
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Routinely taking care of ourselves

Routine care is not just something that is done...
Routine care is not just something that is done to or for us. Each of us is responsible to...
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Think Before You Speak

Tips for handling unsolicited advice and judgement
Tips for handling unsolicited advice and judgement
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Medications and supplements: risks and safety

To avoid potential problems, discuss everything...
To avoid potential problems, discuss everything you’re taking with your doctors.
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The New Normal

I find I can do far more than I thought...
I find I can do far more than I thought possible with each “new normal.”
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Is It MS, Allergies, or Both?

If you have MS and allergies, talking to your...
If you have MS and allergies, talking to your medical team about how you feel is an important...
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Are There any Benefits to Having MS?

Take time to reflect on the benefits you have...
Take time to reflect on the benefits you have found by living a life with MS.
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7 ways to get better sleep with MS

I feel fairly confident to conclude that the...
I feel fairly confident to conclude that the inability to sleep is a far-to-common reality among...
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7 Supplements and Vitamins to Consider

Whenever you start a new vitamin or supplement...
Whenever you start a new vitamin or supplement routine, you should always talk to your doctor or...
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10 terms every person with MS should know

Here are 10 common terms that every person who...
Here are 10 common terms that every person who is newly diagnosed, or is being diagnosed, with MS...
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Hip Pain: Age or MS?

As to the hip replacement question, most people...
As to the hip replacement question, most people will never need a hip replacement.
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It’s never too late to give yourself a break

I was listening to my body, respecting my abilities and giving myself the breaks I needed to...
I was listening to my body, respecting my abilities and giving myself the breaks I needed to...
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Notable Firsts in the History of MS

I dug deep and researched some of the timeline events to bring you some notable firsts that...
I dug deep and researched some of the timeline events to bring you some notable firsts that...
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Creating a Group

President of We Are Ill, Victoria Reese, tells us how a lack of representation inspired her to begin a journey of self-advocacy and for people in the MS community who look like her.
President of We Are Ill, Victoria Reese, tells us how a lack of representation inspired her to...
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The burnout factor

How to recognize, address, and find solutions...
How to recognize, address, and find solutions for treating burnout.
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5 Tips on Running a Marathon to Help Manage MS

Applying the advice marathon experts give to...
Applying the advice marathon experts give to people running a marathon for the first time to...
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No joke: Life with MS was a laughing matter

Three clarity points also help with making the...
Three clarity points also help with making the most of the opportunities we have and inspiring...
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Foods that cause inflammation

By making a few simple changes to your diet and...
By making a few simple changes to your diet and lifestyle, you can help reduce inflammation in...
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The simple math of MS

How two negatives can equal a positive.
How two negatives can equal a positive.
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MS Drugs as We Age

To Quit or Not to Quit – That is the Question
To Quit or Not to Quit – That is the Question
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Managing MS and a Fast-Paced, Stressful Work Life 

We know that stress is not good for someone living with MS, however, stress exists in every...
We know that stress is not good for someone living with MS, however, stress exists in every...
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Approaches to spasticity

There are a few things we can do to relieve...
There are a few things we can do to relieve some of these issues. I’d like to hear your tips...
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Reality bytes

MS, stress, and COVID-19 unravel 17 years as a...
MS, stress, and COVID-19 unravel 17 years as a teacher
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Stop snoozing the MS alarm

Rather than permitting MS to scare me into...
Rather than permitting MS to scare me into submission, I willed myself to take a chance and got...
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Preventative measures against other health issues

Lessons learned and how to be more active in...
Lessons learned and how to be more active in taking preventative measures to stay ahead of other...
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CAM comes in a variety of forms

Acupuncture, reflexology, and yoga are a few...
Acupuncture, reflexology, and yoga are a few options available to people with MS.
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Travel With a Disability

Careful planning will make your vacation more...
Careful planning will make your vacation more enjoyable.
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Learning to Walk Again with MS

Rebuilding the mind-body connection that was...
Rebuilding the mind-body connection that was interrupted by my MS relapse is going to take time...
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Planning a Holiday Party with MS

I know it can be stressful, but if you follow...
I know it can be stressful, but if you follow these tips, you can throw a stress-free holiday...
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7 ways to extinguish MS-induced anger

I’ve developed several strategies to help me...
I’ve developed several strategies to help me recognize the anger, allow it to roar in a...
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Speaking on the challenges of living with MS

Why Christina Applegate is the voice we all...
Why Christina Applegate is the voice we all need to hear right now.
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Annual Checklist to Manage MS

Here is a checklist of activities to help you and your care team manage and monitor your MS.
Here is a checklist of activities to help you and your care team manage and monitor your MS.
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Managing stress, fear, and procrastination

Positive thinking helps with stress management...
Positive thinking helps with stress management and can even improve your health. Practice...
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Volunteering to improve my life with MS

No matter if it’s for an MS or non-MS...
No matter if it’s for an MS or non-MS organization, volunteering has been proven to improve...
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Long Term Benefits of Strength Training for MS

Here are some of the long-term benefits I have...
Here are some of the long-term benefits I have experienced from strength training with MS.
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Positive Thinking and Negative Self Talk

If you tend to be pessimistic, don't despair...
If you tend to be pessimistic, don't despair — you can learn positive thinking skills.
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There’s no MS in this scone story

MS doesn’t always deserve a place in the...
MS doesn’t always deserve a place in the stories of our lives, and we all have the power to omit...
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Celebrating Black History Month in MS community

Taking time to highlight the need for more representation in clinical trials and advocating for...
Taking time to highlight the need for more representation in clinical trials and advocating for...
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Managing MS with a Little Help from My Friends

Even if we put on a brave face and are living...
Even if we put on a brave face and are living our best, most positive life with MS, know that...
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MS and the story of our lives

Each person’s tale will be unique
Each person’s tale will be unique
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Work Out Tips for People living with MS

Here are some tips that I have learned for...
Here are some tips that I have learned for working out with MS.
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Keeping faith in your journey and yourself

Find a way to take part as we continue to make...
Find a way to take part as we continue to make our voices heard and seek out a cure for MS.
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Switching MS medications may mean new routines

If you are thinking about switching to a new MS...
If you are thinking about switching to a new MS medication, make sure you talk to your...
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Your teeth and MS: The importance of oral hygiene

People are more nervous about having dental...
People are more nervous about having dental work than they ought to. I understand this, but if...
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Maintaining awareness after MS awareness month

Here are some reasons why it is so critical to...
Here are some reasons why it is so critical to maintain MS awareness throughout the year.
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Shoeing away my MS

I’m cheering for Dan because I know now how relentless MS can be for even the most active of...
I’m cheering for Dan because I know now how relentless MS can be for even the most active of...
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Sharing your narrative about your MS to others

Our storylines belong to each of us in our own...
Our storylines belong to each of us in our own way and will differ and evolve over time. 
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Tips to face the challenges of allergies

Holistic and natural ways to treat this...
Holistic and natural ways to treat this springtime nemesis
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Focusing on weakness to improve strength

For me, the biggest obstacle was finding the courage to turn my weakness into a strength.
For me, the biggest obstacle was finding the courage to turn my weakness into a strength.
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You have the power, use your MS voice

The reality is nobody knows your situations...
The reality is nobody knows your situations, circumstances, or needs better than you do. That’s...
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Top ten reasons to choose a new neurologist

There may be a variety of good reasons you may...
There may be a variety of good reasons you may need to seek a new neurologist.
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Building and maintaining a strong healthcare team

Whole patient wellness resources for patients...
Whole patient wellness resources for patients living with MS and chronic illness
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5 Benefits of Swimming for People Living with MS

If you are struggling with getting back on your feet or are looking for a low-impact way to...
If you are struggling with getting back on your feet or are looking for a low-impact way to...
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Rethinking what not to tell a person with MS

With each comment that shouldn’t be said to a person living with this disease, I continue taking...
With each comment that shouldn’t be said to a person living with this disease, I continue taking...
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It’s Summer Time

Proper planning, self-care, and awareness can...
Proper planning, self-care, and awareness can help make this time enjoyable and manageable.
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Using health insurance wellness reward programs

It is definitely worth looking into and if you...
It is definitely worth looking into and if you put in the effort, you could take advantage of...
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Some like it hot, but I do not

Tips and tools for keeping cool with MS
Tips and tools for keeping cool with MS
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Keeping time and rocking out with another MRI

Def Leppard song ties together two moments in...
Def Leppard song ties together two moments in time.
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Navigating MS with Other Health Problems

The complicated issue here is that all of my...
The complicated issue here is that all of my chronic health conditions can cause similar symptoms...
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Just Breathe

Let's explore how small changes in our daily...
Let's explore how small changes in our daily life can lead to significant improvements in mental...
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MS and Climate Change

The challenge becomes managing your MS to...
The challenge becomes managing your MS to maintain your quality of life throughout the whole...
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MS and Mental Health Matters

Knowing when it’s time to seek professional help.
Knowing when it’s time to seek professional help.
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MS and the Itch You Can’t Scratch

Chronic itching in MS may be neuropathic, meaning it is a result of nerve damage from MS.
Chronic itching in MS may be neuropathic, meaning it is a result of nerve damage from MS.
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I can see clearly now, can you

As we age, our eyesight can become susceptible...
As we age, our eyesight can become susceptible to various conditions, making regular eye exams...
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My 5 ways to figuratively master your MS

Feel free to refer to them any time MS tests...
Feel free to refer to them any time MS tests you, and think of those trying moments as being more...
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Overcoming a setback to get on track with MS

I have to convince my inner voice that staying disciplined with diet and exercise is a way to...
I have to convince my inner voice that staying disciplined with diet and exercise is a way to...
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MS and Mental Health Matters

Behavioral therapy, our emotions, and more.
Behavioral therapy, our emotions, and more.
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MS and Chiropractic Care

While chiropractic care may not improve my MS,...
While chiropractic care may not improve my MS, there is certainly a benefit for helping manage...
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MS and breast cancer awareness

Exploring the relationship and discussing the...
Exploring the relationship and discussing the role of medications between the two conditions
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Closing the Loop on My Oral MS Therapy Journey

I have just concluded a year of MS oral...
I have just concluded a year of MS oral therapies and I thought it would be a good time to follow...
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MS and Fighting Stigma

You have influence over how people view MS. Be...
You have influence over how people view MS. Be strong and let them see that you have MS, but MS...
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To Eat the Cake or Not

It's important to strike a balance between...
It's important to strike a balance between indulgence and health and by choosing to go for a...
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Give thanks, even when MS makes you forget

I know memory issues can be frustrating, and I...
I know memory issues can be frustrating, and I thank you for your support even if I forget what I...
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MS lifehacks and workarounds

Tricks to help you get through the holidays and...
Tricks to help you get through the holidays and beyond
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The season of grace

To enjoy the holiday season while managing MS...
To enjoy the holiday season while managing MS and other situational stressors, consider the...
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MS and Toxic Positivity

Toxic positivity can lead to a person being...
Toxic positivity can lead to a person being stuck in the denial stage and never truly accept...
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MS and Probiotics

Research has shown there are significant links...
Research has shown there are significant links between MS and gut health. 
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Appreciation (not MS) is always in my sight

When I feel like mourning what I have lost, I...
When I feel like mourning what I have lost, I flip the narrative and celebrate every facet of who...
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Tips for managing vision problems

As it is important to address holistic well...
As it is important to address holistic well-being with MS, caring for eye health is necessary...
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MS and the Secrets We Keep

By letting the secret go, you are accepting...
By letting the secret go, you are accepting that you have MS and that it is okay.
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Driving and MS 

I live alone and I used to get jealous when...
I live alone and I used to get jealous when hearing about others who have people around them to...
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MS and Getting Cold Feet (Cold Sensitivity)

If you are like me, and unable to get warm on your own, here are some tips that may help.
If you are like me, and unable to get warm on your own, here are some tips that may help.
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Know when to review MS treatment plan

Find out situations that call for a new MS...
Find out situations that call for a new MS treatment plan and how to prepare for one.
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To drink or not to drink alcohol with MS

The most common answer to this question is that...
The most common answer to this question is that alcohol use in moderation is best.
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Shared experiences: People don’t need to “get us”

Are we missing out on a broader view of who we...
Are we missing out on a broader view of who we each are as individuals with MS if we limit...
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MS and PIRA

PIRA has the potential to change the approach...
PIRA has the potential to change the approach to treating and understanding progression in...
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The effects of side effects

How they may or may not interfere with your...
How they may or may not interfere with your overall health regime with MS and quality of life.
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How to tell someone that you have MS 

Here are some of the lessons I learned over the...
Here are some of the lessons I learned over the years about telling people that I have MS.
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What’s in your MS library?

Publications, books, and online resources
Publications, books, and online resources
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Tips for Managing Stress with MS

Going into 19 years of living with MS, I have...
Going into 19 years of living with MS, I have endured many stressful events. Here are my tips for...
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The effect of depression and anxiety

How these relate to living with MS and chronic...
How these relate to living with MS and chronic illness.
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Why I blog about my MS experience

Share what works for you and share what doesn’t...
Share what works for you and share what doesn’t. It is through sharing our experiences that we...
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Fumble fingers, manual mishaps, and wonkiness

Changes in hand dexterity and fine motor skills...
Changes in hand dexterity and fine motor skills with MS.
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Bad days are okay with MS

Communicating how you are feeling, and how your...
Communicating how you are feeling, and how your MS is affecting you is the only way to help...
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Rethinking perspectives on MS life changes

Take the time to remind yourself there still is...
Take the time to remind yourself there still is good in your life despite this disease.
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Rethinking perspectives on MS life changes

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Bad days are okay with MS

Communicating how you are feeling, and how your MS is affecting you is the only way to help others understand your bad day with MS.
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Changes in hand dexterity and fine motor skills with MS.
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The effect of depression and anxiety

How these relate to living with MS and chronic illness.