Latest Article on NMSS is NOW LIVE! And I am Sorry.

Hey everyone!

My latest article for the National MS Society’s blog is now live! I discuss some realizations I’d made after a recent (non MS-related) injury and what they could mean for my future. Be sure to check it out here!

I apologize for being so very late on getting this year’s WALK MS video out and for being so MIA lately–there has been a LOT going on this summer and I plan on writing about it or making a vlog about it later after the dust has settled and I’ve had time to digest a little. I thank you so much for your continued patience with me!

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This is fine. Everything is fine.

IOaB Named One of Best MS Blogs + New NMSS Blog is LIVE!

It’s Only a Bruise was recently named one of the best multiple sclerosis blogs by Medical News Today. Thank you so much for helping to make IOaB everything that it is and be sure to check out the other featured blogs on this list.

<Awkward forced segue, incoming>

As many of you know, I also write articles for MS Connection, the National MS Society’s blog (which also made Medical News Today’s top list–congratulations to all contributing writers) and my latest post is live, in which I discuss owning your MS and the invisibility that comes with it.

Bon appétit. 🍏

Life Update!

Oh hi.

It’s been awhile and I apologize for that. These past six weeks have been relentless. 

I don’t want to unload everything that life has thrown at me over the past six weeks too much here, but here’s just a sampling: significant MS attack (followed by a couple of smaller aftershocks), a close friend of mine passed away, one of my dog’s anal glands ruptured, and now….

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My Meeting With Madame President and My Thoughts on Ocrevus

I recently had the honor of meeting with Colleen Kalt, President and CEO of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society-Wisconsin Chapter, so that she could hand deliver my Big Cheese shirt (Big Cheese=the top 100 fundraisers in the state–something you’ve helped me accomplish each of the three years I’ve done WALK MS so far) this year and hear my story! She’s so empowering and I cannot wait for what is in store for me this fall. 😉

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New BFFs

Speaking of fundraising, it’s that time of year again and I’m excited to be walking alongside fellow MSers and our allies for the fourth year in a row! We have just under a month and about $2,800 to go! Year after year, you’ve helped me obliterate my goal for WALK MS—please consider helping me smash it again this year. Every dollar truly makes a difference in research and treatment options for people living with multiple sclerosis (like me!).

We’ve seen the results of this recently, when the FDA approved the first drug ever to treat primary progressive multiple sclerosis (!!!) and that has also been shown to stop the disease in people with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (!!!). That’s a huge victory for all of us and is a result of your support.

Also! Do you own a small business? I’m looking for sponsors by Friday, April 14—please contact me for info! I also am seeking sponsors for this year’s team t-shirts!

My personal WALK MS fundraising link: Click “Donate to Cat”

Last year’s WALK MS:

 

My thoughts on the newly-approved drug for RRMS and PPMS:

 

From the bottom of my heart, thank you for supporting me.

 


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

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

Through the Eyes of a Caregiver

To wrap up Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month, I thought I’d do something a little different and hand the floor off to someone who is very much aware of the effects that MS can have on a person and their relationships: my husband. Caregivers are often overlooked and need just as much support (if not more) as we do. These silent warriors stand beside us, stealing and forging spoons so that we can just simply get through the day. 

So! Handsome and fearless caregiver, take it away! Continue reading “Through the Eyes of a Caregiver”

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.

Continue reading “Hindsight: When It’s Not Always 20/20”