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!

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.

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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. 🍏

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!

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!

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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”

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.

Continue reading ” A Review of “Just Jen” by Jen Powley”