A chronic voice November Linkup Party

Rediscovering Healthy Habits & Cherishing The Simple Things

This week’s post is part of A Chronic Voice's November Linkup Party which is a monthly get together for people with chronic illness to share and learn from each other's experiences. November's Writing Prompts were: Discovering Rediscovering Anticipating Decluttering Cherishing This month, I will be writing about what I have been up to recently...

MS in the workplace

Revealing My Multiple Sclerosis At Work

Have you been diagnosed with a chronic illness and are struggling with the notion of whether you should tell people at work? Are you wondering if you should tell your boss? Do you know if you are even obliged to disclose your condition? Or would you much rather keep this information private and separate to your work? I was faced with these very same questions when I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), and it was something I struggled to find an answer to in the first few years of my diagnosis.

word finding practice

Solving My MS Puzzle: Managing Cognitive Problems

I often talk about the emotional challenges I’ve had with MS, but I’ve only really hinted about my cognitive problems. So in this weeks post, I’m going to go into a bit more depth about my cognitive issues and how I deal with those...

Permission Slips

Granting Myself A Health-Life Balance

Have you ever been a bit too overambitious and used up way more spoons than you have? Have you ever tried to cram too much into your day, despite the fact that you know there would be consequences if you did? Well, that’s what’s happened to me these last few weeks, and as a result, I am EXHAUSTED!! I’ve spent the last week recovering from my error in judgement, and I’ve been thinking of what compelled me to bite off more than I knew I could chew. Was I testing my capabilities? Maybe. Or was it something else?

How To Identify A Multiple Sclerosis Relapse

For me, one of the most confusing things about Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis (RRMS) was understanding if I was experiencing a relapse or not. No one tells you what a relapse is and isn't, well no one told me that is, and I'm sure I'm not alone. How do you know if you might be experiencing a relapse? And at what point do you seek medical attention? When I was first diagnosed, I was only told that “if I experienced a relapse”, I had to let the neurologist know. But what exactly was a relapse? Is it when your symptoms come back?...That was my understanding of the definition of a relapse at the time. A relapse is when I'm experiencing symptoms right? Wrong! There's a bit more to it than that.