New Blog Post on NMSS: Recognizing Your Lucky Charm

It’s quite a bit different than anything I’ve posted before and way out of my comfort zone, but my latest blog for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society is now live on MSConnection.org!

You can read and interact with it by clicking HERE!

Also! I’m donating 25 cents to the NMSS for every new follower I get on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube) through the end of this month, up to $100! So if you’re not already, go show my social media some love. See below for direct links!


Hey! I’m on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube. Follow me for updates and musings between blog postings!

You can also read articles I’ve written for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society here!

Want to get updated when I post a new blog entry? Enter your email address in the field on the right side of your screen and get treated to an email alert when I post here! How modern!

Questions, comments, or love letters you don’t feel comfortable posting in the comments below? Email me at itsonlyabruise@gmail.com.

Hindsight: When It’s Not Always 20/20

What did I do wrong? What could I have done differently? How could this happen? 

What did I miss?

We ask these questions in the wake of local or national tragedy. We ask them when our children misbehave. We ask them when we suffer a financial loss. And we ask ourselves these questions when we hear the words:

You have multiple sclerosis.

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Gentle People with Flowers in Their Hair: My Trip to San Francisco

Traveling with MS, for me right now, isn’t terribly inconvenient. As long as I make sure I carry snacks and water, plan out activities with naps and recovery time factored in, pack clothing that’s appropriate for a wide range of weather, and ensure that I have refrigeration for my medication, I’m all set. Easy!

I’d mentioned in my review of “Just Jen” that I’d recently spent some time in San Francisco and I just wanted to share some of my California adventures with you. 🙂

Buckle up, folks. There’s going to be a lot to look at here. Continue reading “Gentle People with Flowers in Their Hair: My Trip to San Francisco”

 A Review of “Just Jen” by Jen Powley

Last week, I had the honor of being contacted by Jen Powley, an amazing and inspiring woman who has spent nearly her entire lifetime battling an aggressive form of progressive multiple sclerosis. She is a quadriplegic, is catheterized, and is on a feeding tube. She had the opportunity to write a memoir and asked if I’d like to read her book, which is due to be published in May of this year, and review it from the standpoint of someone who lives with MS.

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Choose Your Own Adventure: A Day in the Life

Alright, gumshoes! Have you ever considered every decision you make throughout a single day? Neither have I–until those small decisions had the potential to turn into big consequences.

My most recent article for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society is LIVE on their blog and you can read and interact with it by clicking here! It offers a tiny glimpse into a day in the life of someone who lives with a chronic illness and it was inspired by one of my favorite books as a child, starring Carmen Sandiego.

Say…where in the world is she, anyway? 😉


Hey! I’m on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube. Follow me for updates and musings between blog postings!

You can also read articles I’ve written for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society here!

Want to get updated when I post a new blog entry? Enter your email address in the field on the right side of your screen and get treated to an email alert when I post here! How modern!

Questions, comments, or love letters you don’t feel comfortable posting in the comments below? Email me at itsonlyabruise@gmail.com.

Becoming Superwoman: New article on MSConnection.org!

We are responsible for what we choose to do when faced with adversity–are you a Harvey Dent? Or are you Batman?

The most recent article I’ve written for the National MS Society’s blog is now live! You can read and interact with it by clicking here!

 

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Hey! I’m on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube. Follow me for updates and musings between blog postings!

You can also read articles I’ve written for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society here!

Want to get updated when I post a new blog entry? Enter your email address in the field on the right side of your screen and get treated to an email alert when I post here! How modern!

Questions, comments, or love letters you don’t feel comfortable posting in the comments below? Email me at itsonlyabruise@gmail.com.

It’s Only a Bruise on YouTube!

Hey everyone! I mentioned in my last post that I was tossing around the idea of starting a YouTube channel under the IOaB umbrella…so I did! I want to use the channel for Q&As…perhaps my sweet and super exciting injection techniques? I’m open to any suggestions you might have. 🙂

I’ll be uploading a couple things over the next day or so to get the ball rolling. What would you like to see?

I need 100 subscribers before YouTube lets me have a custom URL, so please consider subscribing by following this link and clicking “Subscribe”–super easy and quick!

More soon…

Also! Have you taken the survey yet?

 


Hey! I’m on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube. Follow me for updates and musings between blog postings!

You can also read articles I’ve written for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society here!

Want to get updated when I post a new blog entry? Enter your email address in the field on the right side of your screen and get treated to an email alert when I post here! How modern!

Questions, comments, or love letters you don’t feel comfortable posting in the comments below? Email me at itsonlyabruise@gmail.com.

To Say or Not to Say?

With the recent news of a new active lesion and talks about shaking up my treatment plan again following what was possibly my first attack in almost a year and a half, I find myself retracing the first steps I took during my diagnosis process almost three and a half years ago.

Because he felt that the risk outweighed the benefit, in my case, my doctor opted not to treat the inflammation from my new lesion with steroids, but I’ve been asked to keep other therapy options open and in the back of my mind. For now, we’re going to increase my Rebif dosage (for the third time) and hope that this time is the charm. And while I’m not looking forward to the increased pain level when injecting with a higher dose or the fear of facing more adverse reactions, I’m happy with that decision. It’s so taxing to switch therapies and now I’m starting to slowly drift into the realm of “last resort” medications, like Tysabri (which, from what I’ve been told by people who take it, is really fantastic….but can cause a brain infection and kill you).

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