While you are in the midst of pre-holiday scramble, take a moment to read my latest essay on Health Central’s MS site. My seasonally non-specific December post will not only give you a break from the stress of the holiday prep crazies, but it will also put your life in to a comparative perspective that may be comforting at the time of year when we all take stock. But that’s just my speculation. Go decide for yourself. And return to your previously scheduled “holiday crazy” with a new perspective~
If you are reading this post, chances are good that you’ve been diagnosed with MS and have your very own diagnostic tale; a “Where were you when you heard about Kennedy, Lennon, Cobain” story. It’s often the first exchange when two people with MS meet. “Diagnosed, 1988, only took one week after my first symptom,” or “Diagnosed last year after a decade of unexplained symptoms and dismissive doctors.” No matter how our stories differ, that day puts us on the same train; the one with no clear destination or announcements along the way to keep our bearings. (more)
You’ll never guess blog, so I’ll just tell you. I’m going to talk all about you…that’s right, you! Ms. Twyman teaches writing to 5th graders at Bradford School. How do I know this you ask? Madeline is in the class, silly! Anyway I’m so excited because I will have a chance to tell all of the students how amazing you are!
They don’t know about blogging yet, but I think that after I tell them, some of the kids will want to start one of their own. I don’t have to tell you about how cool it is to put words up on the Internet for people to read. You know first key. But they haven’t done it yet. They’ll learn how exciting it is to posting your thoughts and feelings, your photographs, details of your vacation, your best anime drawing or your creative stories. You could even put a recipe up there…or maybe even a dream you want to talk about. The possibilities are endless.
You know how I love writing. It feels so good to talk about things that I’m feeling while living with MS. I’ve had MS for over 23 years… and I have a lot to tell people who are just diagnosed. I have stories that will help them feel better. I can even make them laugh which is the best feeling ever. How do I know they laugh you ask? Because the write comments telling me so! But sometimes I write about things that aren’t MS. Sometimes I write about what an amazing daughter I have 😉 or even a poem.
Don’t worry blog, I won’t forget to remind them about safety on the Internet. They all know a lot about safety already, but I’ll tell them about a few sites that are secure, that their parents can look at if they want to.
So, I’m not going to tell you everything. I want some of it to be a surprise! Just thought I’d keep you in the loop! If you feel your ears buzzing later, you’ll know why! I’ll tell you how it goes!
Your parents can help you find safe spaces to blog. This is a link to one for classrooms and schools.