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Goodby 2016

To quote Dickens, It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring …

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Holiday Happenings

Thanksgiving is usually spent in Maine on a weekend, as our grandchildren traditionally spend the day with their other grandparents. They are grown now, adults themselves in colleges, but still continue this tradition. Their father remarried and they now have a little brother who is just beginning family holiday traditions, and so they go on. …

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Balancing Happy Relief and Admitted Losses

I read comments on a closed page of Facebook ~ only members of the page can read it, so comments remain unseen by non-members. Reading them, one after another and all posted within a time span of two hours, from patients newly diagnosed and from those who have dealt with MS for years … well, …

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The Stages of Grief in a new Graphic Illustration

This is a graphic than I ran across at Facebook. I found it very validating to read through it and reflect on my passage through the depression that came with the diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis eight years ago.  It may take some people less time to move through these stages, and it may take some …

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Some Good and Some Bad, Some Happy and Some Sad

I’ve had a few doctor appointments these past few weeks: I saw the dermatologist for my three month checkup, and for the first time in the almost three years that I’ve been seeing him, he found NOTHING that needed cryo-freezing, surgical-cutting or punch-biopsying.  And for the first time  he said we could wait FOUR months for …

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Reading the MS Headlines, from the Inside Out…

Just some rambling thoughts on a day that has seen some productivity and yet continuing lethargy… Sometimes … often … I feel like I’m reading about someone else’s disease … not mine … I feel like the odd man out … cognitive issues instead of physical issues … a teacher with no short term memory, …

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Realizing and Reacting, Reconciling and Reaching

The Spiritual Side of MS is a brief blog that I invite you to read before reading this entry; it caught my attention today on Facebook. In the opening paragraphs, the author refers to people who say that MS, or Parkinson’s, or other chronic debilitating disease has brought an appreciation of life to them, a better sense …

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Coming out of Doors to Search for Spring

The vernal equinox will happen in three days.  The sun will again be due north of the equator in its annual journey across our sky ~ well, that’s not the way it happens. The science-teacher within my varied teaching repertoire would explain to students that it is Earth that journeys around the sun  changing its …

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Santa Visits!

Today I will be an elf. I’ll call myself “Nana Elf.”  Santa will be riding the fire truck to visit homes where parents have asked the fire department’s help in bringing Santa to visit their children and hear their wishes.  As Santa’s own elves are very busy this month at the North Pole, I’ll be joining …

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Is it? It Isn’t … Not Yet, Anyway.

The dermatologist called me Friday to let me know that the biopsy results show  the brown spots re-appearing on my forearm are not necessarily true melanoma; he called them atypical nevi. He suggests two choices: return to his office in two weeks for a follow-up biopsy to see whether the new spots are still expanding …

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