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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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Guest post by Debra Robert, contributor to the Canadian NewLifeOutlook MS website. Read how Debra finds meaning being able to communicate online, and don't forget to read the ten reasons to use social media. Oh, and do keep your eyes peeled on Multiple Sclerosis - Newlifeoutlook as one of my posts will be on the Canadian MS website soon too @nlo_ms‪#‎NewLifeOutlook‬
Guest contributor Debra Robert: “The beauty of social media is that there is no right or wrong way to engage.”
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[NEW POST] "I didn't happily choose to retire from work age 36.5. In fact, to this day, it still annoys me so much that I keep adding the “0.5” after the “36” to show that retiring that young in life wasn’t easy. 

It so wasn’t easy. 

I retired six years ago. 

The 0.5 years stays until further notice."
I could call this a ‘letter to society’s ignorance’. It could very well call it a ‘letter to my stupidity’. While I will ponder about a suitable heading for this piece a bit longer, the…
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Layout of my blog has gone all read in aid of  MS Multiple Sclerosis Ireland​  and the Kiss Goodbye fundraising campaign to raise money for MS research. Don’t forget to tag any photos using #kissgoodbyetoms and make a €4 donation by texting Smooch to 50300.  100% of your donation goes to MS Ireland across most network operators. Some operators apply VAT which means that a minimum of €3.25 will go to MS Ireland.
From February 1st to March 18th MS Ireland, our national MS society, is taking part in Kiss Goodbye to MS, the first global major fundraising campaign that raises funds purely for multiple sclerosi...
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[NEW POST] "The health system was an underpaid and undervalued department that was treated with ignorance by those who were in charge. While the medical staff was utterly dedicated and empathic, the government didn’t put enough energy and goodwill into providing decent care for everyone in Ireland. After an 8-year long recession and a much-needed change of government, nothing much has changed. The health system then and now resembles a tall, vast dead-born child from the day it was created. Putting new life into an archaic department seems impossible to do, yet some progress has been made. Some, but not much."
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[NEW POST] "If asked if I want to be the ‘me’ again from before my diagnosis, I would reply this, “Of course I want to be that person again, only, I simply cannot remember what ‘normal’ feels like, what it was like to be plain, old me.” Fatigue significantly interfered with daily life very early on in my road to diagnosis and was one of the reasons why, eventually, I was forced to retire four and a half years later."
“If asked if I want to feel and be the ‘me’ before my diagnosis, I would reply this, “Of course I wish to be that person again, only, I simply cannot remember what ‘normal’ feels like.” Fatigue sig...
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A new campaign seeks to help chronic pain sufferers describe their pain by offering pictures to represent symptoms like “a burning fire under the skin” or “sharp needles travelling thro
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Highlight! SHEMAR MOORE JOINS KISS GOODBYE ACTRIMS 2016 ACTRIMS 2016 Talk Weighs Clinical Differences, Similarities in 2 Major Forms of MS Results of New SPMS Study to Be Presented at ACTRIMS Effec…
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[NEW POST] From February 1st to March 18th Multiple Sclerosis Ireland​ is taking part in Kiss Goodbye to MS, the first global major fundraising campaign that raises funds purely for multiple sclerosis research. Big names have added some clout to the events, like Shemar Moore of Criminal Minds whose mother lives with MS. Also, US actress Amy Schumer has spoken up about her father’s MS while Odile Frosini in France encouraged her students to go red"
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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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