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If you're reading this, you've quite likely received a request to connect from me.

If not , and you are someone with multiple sclerosis or a disability, please feel free to send me a request.

I write about life with MS in Ireland on irelandms.com, and contribute to the national MS Society of Ireland's blog and the Novartis MS blog also. Hopefully we can share ideas, ways of dealing with symptoms and just that bit of extra inspiration we sometimes need.

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Potholed brain, kick-ass mind!
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[UPDATED] Sometimes it’s hard to pin down which illness you have, as symptoms can look and feel alike. This is the case with MS and fibromyalgia. However, they are very different illnesses. Despite the overlap in symptoms, diagnostic methods and profile risks, having one doesn’t put you at a higher risk of having the other illness.
Note: I am not a medical professional nor do I intend to provide any medical advice to anyone. Please see your physician or neurologist if you have any health care concerns. My intention is to prov…
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[NEW] As a writer, the happiest event was winning the Volunteer of the Year award with the bloggers of the Irish MS Society community blog, awarded by people with MS, their family members and friends in Ireland.

In a separate event, both the MS Society’s blog as well as my own were finalists in the Ireland Blog Awards. Sadly, we left empty-handed but in the knowledge, that being a finalist was an amazing feat either way.
“Following that, I hit writer’s block faster than you can say ‘ABC’. That writer’s block has reached the ‘XYZ’ stage, so I’m nearing a muse that sounds, tastes and sme…
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[NEW] MS news published online in October 2016 regarding research and clinical trial news, stem cell treatment, diet, mental health and much more! http://irelandms.com/2016/11/05/oct2016
Highlight! Influenza, Vaccinations, MS Brain cognitive exhaustion is real for people with Multiple Sclerosis
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The fight against ignorance and truth. Who's side are you on?
Imagine, you’re stuck with me in The Big Bang Theory. There is the Penny-type of person who thinks along the lines of “Not seeing = questioning = perhaps, maybe believing”. She th…
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“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me lay an invincible summer.” (Albert Camus) Unconventional patient advocate and expat living in Ireland for a good while now. How long?…
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[UPDATED] "Whatever your negative thinking tells you right this minute, science and the best minds in psychology agree that being happy and having mental strength are skills that you can learn, and if not, that there are other ways of going about it."
“The best lesson I ever taught myself was that “What you think, you become.” I refused to let being unhappy define me or let it shape my mindset for the rest of my life. In gaining happiness …
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[UPDATED] "While some people often cannot remember when their chronic illness first grabbed them by the throat, I vividly remember the day mine showed up. Disarming moments like these are meant to grab your attention for a reason. You will always find the moral of the story once you dig deeper in the mindset of the one at the mercy of their own body."
“To many, life with MS can seem like a book where letters have been replaced by numbers or where the cover can be too hard or too soft for its content. Because of this, I don’t want them to s…
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Trump: “You know, it doesn’t really matter what [the media] write as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of ass.”
Why are evangelicals backing a man who knows so little about Christianity or even the Bible?
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To highlight its sad existence, the Neuroscience Society of Trinity College, Dublin and Trigeminal Neuralgia Ireland will host a public symposium on October 7th from 6 pm to 9.30pm to raise awareness.
According to the Trigeminal Neuralgia Association in the UK, “TN is regarded as the most painful condition that is known in the medical world.” It is often referred to as the “the suicide disease”, leading to people with TN taking their life as the severity of the pain can be excruciating. For this reason, a lot more awareness needs to be spread in every corner of Ireland to ensure people get the correct diagnosis and treatment.
http://irelandms.com/2016/10/02/tnsymposiumdublin
October has finally arrived, which means that the 4th International Trigeminal Neuralgia Awareness Day is almost upon us. On October 7th the Light Up Teal campaign will see buildings across the wor…
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[NEW] Not that long ago I was caught talking to my MS medication - all 28 tablets a day - in the hope they'd finally get their act together and start doing what they're supposed to. Work. Things. Out. I believe the phrase was, "If you will be my Ross, I will be your Rachel.”
http://irelandms.com/2016/09/04/conversations-with-myself
Nevertheless, positivity, when faced with chronic illness, is not a cure. It never will be. That doesn’t mean I can’t slander myself, right? Hitting the nerve, as it were. If my central nervous sys…
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To reach the final of the Ireland Blog Awards, public voting will take place from Wednesday 17th until Tuesday 23rd August alongside peer voting.
I would be massively inspired and humbled if you could help me reach the final round. You can do so by clicking on the link below and then by clicking on the ‘Vote for this Blog’ to register your vote. Thank you!
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Quirky, tenacious, independent and neurologically compromised expat writing about life with MS in Ireland
Introduction

Diagnosed 2,5 years after moving to Ireland, Willeke engages in advocacy efforts in support of improved disability and neurological services in Ireland, while also hoping to change people's perception about life with an invisible illness like MS.

By highlighting difficult issues that come with the diagnosis of a chronic, neurodegenerative illness, she hopes her tenacity can bring dignity to people most in need of a modern, inclusive health care system and society, which looks after every aspect of life.

©Willeke Van Eeckhoutte and Ireland, Multiple Sclerosis and Me, 2011-2016

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Mental Health Organisations – Ireland
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ClinicSpeak: understanding trigeminal neuralgia in MS
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An additional mechanism to explain trigeminal neuralgia in MSers. #ClinicSpeak #MSBlog #MSResearch "How many of you have had MS-related trig

The Spinoza Problem – Books on Google Play
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When sixteen-year-old Alfred Rosenberg is called into his headmaster's office for anti-Semitic remarks he made during a school speech, he is

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An open letter to Russell Brand.
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Doctor Cures Her Multiple Sclerosis With Diet, Abandons Wheelchair
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Dr. Terry Wahls learned how to properly fuel her body. Using the lessons she learned at the subcellular level, she used diet to cure her MS

MS: Lesson in Minimalism - MultipleSclerosis.net
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Ancient History Encyclopedia
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Free peer-reviewed ancient history content, created by the online community.

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The Psychology of Trust in Work and Love
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The science of why tit-for-tat isn't the best strategy for cooperation and why you should hear out your hunches. "When you trust people t

Foy Vance and Bell X1 dazzle as Other Voices returns to Derry
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The Music Trail brings 60 bands to venues, bars and churches in the city

When Murray met Dublin's Head Zoo Keeper and asked for that job!!
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A few weeks ago Murray got his Mom to write a piece about how he wanted to be a Zookeeper when he leaves school. He loves going to the Zoo a

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Finishing power tilts the verdict towards Dublin
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Dublin will be better able to raise the tempo in the final quarter than Mayo

Independent.ie
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Life Well Lived: MS Humor
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I think being sick requires a certain attitude if one is determined to be happy. I was told in an MS group for Men, "Until you can laugh and