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Steering Clear of Symptom Fear

November 21, 2013
Steering Clear of Symptom Fear

I woke up this morning to find my left hand completely numb and tingling, as if I had been sitting on it all night. I panicked for a second, trying to clear the haze of slumber and verify in my mind if this was today, November 20th, 2013, or if I was having a dream from a couple years ago, when such things were a frequent occurrence. I sat up and vigorously shook out my hand. Some of the life began to come back to it. Gosh, I thought, I really love my blood....

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Is There Light At the End of the Tunnel?

November 12, 2013
Is There Light At the End of the Tunnel?

I never saw it coming. There was stress in my life, sure, and I’d just made some big changes, but my health had been stable for a good two years. In fact, I’d gotten so used to feeling nearly-normal that when the exacerbation came, I wasn’t just sick, I was stunned. And oh yeah, humbled. A full-body tonic spasm has a way of humbling a person. This MS relapse I’m talking about happened at the tail end of 2010, a few days after I moved to Austin, Texas, and was the harbinger of the...

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How Do You Numb Out (and how can you get free?)

October 30, 2013
How Do You Numb Out (and how can you get free?)

When my mom died, I sat down on the couch after the funeral and started watching Grey’s Anatomy. I began with Season 1 Episode 1 and filled every waking available moment of my life with it until 7 seasons and hundreds of hours later, when I reached the last episode that had been filmed. I don’t do drugs, I don’t smoke, I don’t overeat, I don’t drink, I don’t shop too much. Nope, my choice to numb out is television. Specifically, television streamed on demand through Hulu or Netflix, so that I can watch...

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