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Go, Go Avocado!

I don’t normally go in for trends. For example, I don’t own a single pair of skinny jeans. I’ve never tried a Unicorn Frappuccino. I’m not on Instagram or Snapchat. I didn’t participate in the Ice Bucket Challenge. And I refuse to use the words “doggo,” “pupper,” or “woofer” to refer to a canine. Show More Summary

4 Ways to Care for Yourself While Caring for Others

How can you care for your MS when a loved one is ill? You want to be able to care for others despite your own daily struggles. As unpredictable as MS is, what is predictable is that your life will be touched by the illness of others....Show More Summary

How My Life With MS Resembles the Flight of a Songbird

I don’t have a problem falling with my MS; I fall, I get back up, no problem … except, of course, when the fall is the problem. But I try to focus on the time in between the literal and figurative multiple sclerosis (MS) falls in my life. Cherishing My Time Between Falls A slow stretch of the […]

Results in AI for aging research and personal health data management to be presented at Bio-Taiwan

(InSilico Medicine, Inc.) Monday, 19th of May, 2017, Baltimore, MD - Insilico Medicine, a Baltimore-based artificial intelligence company focused on drug discovery, biomarker development and aging research will present new research at Bio-Taiwan in Taipei, Taiwan, June 28-29. Show More Summary

‘MS from the Inside Out’ Uses Virtual Reality to Share What Life for Patients Is Like

Virtual reality (VR) technology is most commonly associated with gaming and entertainment, but it’s expanding into a variety of clinical and healthcare applications. The Ontario-based biopharmaceutical firm EMD Serono, Canada, is now...Show More Summary

Chef Trevis Gleason’s No. 1 ‘Life With MS’ Hack

Most of our long-time readers, and even many who may have recently found us, know that I formerly pursued my professional passions in the culinary field. I was classically trained and worked for many years as a chef. Multiple sclerosis (MS) took away my ability to do the things a chef must do: stand for long […]

World MS Day 2017 Is All About #LifewithMS

Wednesday, May 31, is World MS Day this year. Events are planned — or have already happened — worldwide, and people living with multiple sclerosis (MS) are encouraged to share their life tips (the little things we’ve learned that help us get on with living with our disease) in videos and texts. When sharing your tips on social media, be sure to […]

Make Some Noise: The Importance of Concerts

Pull up a chair, kiddos, and I’ll tell you a sad story. Because we’re both musicians, my husband and I love going to concerts together. We’re on a budget, so we have to be choosy about who we see and where we sit. However, there is a...Show More Summary

An Ad About Risk Misses The One In Plain Sight

Sometimes you just can’t make this stuff up. At least, that’s the thought I was left with this morning when I happened to see a television advertisement touting a particular company’s abilities to apply predictive analytics to ordinary...Show More Summary

39 Years and Counting — on at Least 39 More Great Ones

Last week, I celebrated by 39th birthday. Yes, 39. That’s one year shy of the big 4-0. The last year of my 30s. If life was a rollercoaster ride, I’m about six clicks from the apex; the big plunge awaits me just on the other side. IShow More Summary

Why the Future of Science Is Crucial to the MS Community

Everything around us, and within us, begins with science. Science is important to the future of humanity’s well-being. Science is what makes the world go around. We all think it’s love, but actually, at its core, love begins with chemistry. Show More Summary

Glove with Sensors Measures Spasticity More Accurately than Physicians

A  multidisciplinary team at the University of California at San Diego has come up with a computerized glove used as a sensor to measure spasticity, or stiffness, in the limbs of patients with multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, and stroke. Show More Summary

Importance of Elevators for Universal Housing

You might think that the Fair Housing Act required multifamily buildings to have elevators, but no, it doesn’t. A multifamily dwelling of four units that does not have an elevator is not required to have one. However, the ground floor units must be fully accessible (no steps). Show More Summary

Inspiring Words from Victor Montori, M.D. of the Mayo Clinic

I’ve never met Victor Montori but I’ve long admired him. I’ve read his tweets, become familiar with his minimally disruptive medicine approach and watched him on TED. He is a patient’s doctor. I was so struck by his quote above that I read some time ago I wrote it down. It was probably three or four months ago as I […]

Medicare to Cover Dexcom CGM for People with Type 1 and 2 Diabetes on Insulin

Medicare will now be offering reimbursement for the Dexcom G5 Mobile System for people covered by Medicare who have type 1 or type 2 diabetes and intensively manage their blood sugar levels with insulin. CMS has clarified their criteria for coverage and coding for the Dexcom G5 Mobile system which is the only therapeutic CGM […]

My Fight Song for Multiple Sclerosis

Most of us have heard Rachel Platten’s Fight Song. It became an anthem for many people who struggle with illness and adversity. Fight Song has become one of my favorite odes. As a writer, I love to listen to the words of song lyrics....Show More Summary

MS Awareness Month: Which Ribbon Are We Again?

March is Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month, ending with World MS Day on March 31. That means we need to make the most of these four weeks to raise some money for research, and raise awareness about the disease and the 2.5 million people in the world currently living with it. Show More Summary

Fighting the Chocolate and Diabetes Demons

This post is dedicated to my friend Carol. I met Carol through my blog and we periodically email each other talking about type 1 diabetes, Medicare, and stuff like that. She doesn’t live near me and I don’t know if we will ever meet in person. But we share the journey, the joy, and the […]

MS Focus Interview on ‘Mind & Mobility’ Festival, Set for March 12, and Benefits of Yoga

The Multiple Sclerosis Foundation (or MS Focus)  is holding its first Mind & Mobility festival this month, an event that includes yoga and meditation, talks, information booths on health and support services, and adaptive sessions for those disabled by multiple sclerosis (MS). Show More Summary

MS Patient’s Pick of the Week’s News: #MySupportHero, Awareness Video, Mind and Mobility, Seizures, Acthar Gel

Here’s my Pick of the Week’s News, as published in Multiple Sclerosis News Today. MS Organizations Join #MySupportHero Initiative to Help Patients Salute Those Who Care Oh, I can see me fitting in well here. To see what I mean, justShow More Summary

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