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Making Connections

One of the best parts of writing for the MS Connection blog is reading the comments that readers leave. Yes, you read that right. Sites like this are some of the few places, it appears, on the internet where the “don’t read the comments” rule doesn’t seem to apply. Show More Summary

The Most Cost-Effective MS Drug Is the One That Works

A couple of weeks ago, I was honored to emcee the annual Living Well With MS conference for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Ireland. Day one was for medical professionals, and day two was attended by the MS community. The presenters and topics for both days were the same, with only a little medical jargon changed […]

Running triggers production of a molecule that repairs the brain in animal models

Researchers have discovered that a molecule triggered by running can help repair certain kinds of brain damage in animal models. They found that this molecule, called VGF nerve growth factor, helps to heal the protective coating that surrounds and insulates nerve fibers. Show More Summary

MS drug may reverse some physical disability

A drug used to treat multiple sclerosis (MS), alemtuzumab, was found to reverse some of the physical disability caused by the disease, according to new research. Because it can cause serious side effects, alemtuzumab is generally used in people who have not responded well to other MS drugs; however, in this study it was used relatively early in the course of MS.

Multiple Sclerosis Has Made Me a One-Armed Man

In my early days in the U.S. Coast Guard, I learned to carry things in my left hand. It’s important to have your right hand free to salute when you’re in the military, you see. For years now, with multiple sclerosis (MS) doing its deeds to my left side, I’ve had to fill that right […]

Power of Positivity

Since I was a child, my mom has always said to me, "thoughts become things – pick the good ones." Whether I was tackling a problem at school or going on a job interview, she would tell me to visualize what the result would be and say out loud what I wanted to have happen (if even to myself). Show More Summary

A shift in equilibrium

Walking through the front door of our very old house I was greeted by the alarming smell of hot metal and something burning. As I ran into the kitchen, I discovered the metal was the empty tea kettle, which was now melting down the side...Show More Summary

Voting Is My Favorite Thing

I have voted in every national election, and most state and local elections, since I turned 18. I’ve stood in lines outside of schools, courthouses, firehouses, retirement homes, and administrative buildings, eager to register my stance on candidates and issues that were important to me. Show More Summary

‘Clinic Speak’ Helps People With Multiple Sclerosis Take Control

The past couple of weeks have been exhausting for me, but at the same time, I’ve been rejuvenated with great information about living our lives with multiple sclerosis (MS). Two weekends ago I was at MS Life 2016, an event in London for people with MS and their families, and this past weekend I attended […]

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