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Interview with a Warrior: YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS THIS

Several months ago I was contacted by a lady who wanted to talk to me about her daughter's weird physical complaints. She was fairly certain the issue was MS, but was looking for face-to-face conversation with someone who lived with the disease.

We agreed to meet for lunch and a connection was made. Mom, daughter, and I broke bread and discussed this horrible thing called multiple sclerosis. I left that meeting full of sorrow for Jennifer, single other of her own child, knowing full well the fears that filled her.

Jennifer had a history with another neurologist, but made an appointment at the same clinic I visit and was diagnosed with PPMS. Jennifer agreed to be interviewed here and I cannot express my gratitude for her strength and hope for a better tomorrow.

Thank you, Jennifer. 

LISA: How long have you known about your MS? What were your initial symptoms?
JENNIFER: One day, my hand kept falling asleep. I thought it was weird, but I brushed it off. The next day my whole right …
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The dreaded MRI

Today was the day. I just returned fro man afternoon of listening to a jack hammer in my ear while being infused with blue dye and hoping that my feet thaw out sometime soon.

Yep, the dreaded MRI. I'm so old hat by ow, that this is no more than an expensive inconvenience. You see, six months ago I started on Gilenya. As a point of reckoning, my brain needed to be viewed for any changes and/or irregularities.  Now the wait begins...

I am anxious about the results. Any new lesions? Any lesions gone? Is my brain still there?

I'll keep you posted.

Come back tomorrow to read an interview with a relative Warrior newcomer, Jennifer.

Lisa, The Lady with the Cane

5 things about chronic illness

I have missed the entire month of church, between illnesses in the family and focusing on MS Awareness Month duties. Not making an excuse, just sayin'...

I missed church again this morning, but was directed to listen to this mini sermon by comedian Josh Pray.

I think he "preached" pretty good.

5 Things I’ve learned about Chronic Illness
- Josh Pray

Sometimes life just gets in the way.

I am not a person who admires excuses. If something is really important to you there is no excuse good enough to dismiss your goals. You may need to make allowances or play with your schedule, but the end result should be completion of the mission.

I didn't always think that way; And for the most part, I still put the needs of others before mine. I have learned that there is nothing evil about compromises as long as some common sense is thrown into the mix. So this week I have had to compromise, reschedule, and mentally realign my plans. 


Simply put, I am the mother of a teenage boy. If you need further explanation, you are obviously NOT the other of a teenager.

Not making excuses, but...
This has been a horrible year for my teenager. His senior year in high school should have been one of the most memorable years of his life.

Well, it has been; just not in the way I had hoped.

September met him with a week long home stay in response to having all four wisdom teeth extracted.


MS Interview with author Barbara Stensland

‘If Bridget Jones had MS, this would be her diary’ – The MS Society
‘The value of the Stumbling in Flats blog … it opens so many avenues of support and understanding, not only to the sufferer, but to the family, the friends … so that they will understand what it’s like to walk through treacle’ – Janis H. Winehouse
Author Barbara Stensland is a recent MS acquaintance for whom I am grateful. Her  blog and her book Stumbling in Flats...a funny old life with MS is highly entertaining. MS Warriors around the world can and will relate to and appreciate Barbara's upbeat attitude toward an otherwise depressing disease.
Thank you, Barbara, for sharing with us during MS Awareness Month. 

*MS Awareness Month is this month in the United States. Forgive my ignorance, but...Is this also MS Awareness Month in Wales?
I’ve just check…