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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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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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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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Missing Those Who are Lost

I learned today on Facebook that a woman I’d never met face to face died of a massive heart attack. Her name was Faye, and I came to know her long after she had come to know me.  Four years ago, I opened my first website, Beyond Old Windows. It is a place where I …

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Back to the Dermatologist

This week was another three month skin check with the dermatologist.  And as much as I’d like to say all was well, I can’t, yet. When I was in Bethesda in November, the doctor there (a neurologist who is running the Parkinson’s Disease study group looking for early biomarkers) did a quick physical, and commented …

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Last week of summer dead ahead

This has been a challenging season for many reasons. Continuing skin surgery, ongoing and back-to-back heat waves, high humidity and rising gas prices. I was happy to flip the page to September and will be  happier still when the last day of summer passes. Summer has always been challenging for me (sometimes I claim that’s …

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Another New Normal

The “New Normal” is a buzz word on social media sites for people with chronic illness such as multiple sclerosis, cancer, Parkinson’s disease and more. The adjective ‘new’ is a critical component of this expression, as there is little stability or consistency in any of these changed statuses. My first experience with a new normal …

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Forehead Clearing, Surgery Scheduled

It has been almost a month since I began the treatment of my forehead with Picato. It is on its way to clearing, but has a way to go yet. The swelling has gone down, though my eyelids still look uneven. I won’t know until I see the Dermatologist again in the fall whether it …

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An Update on the New Treatment

The dermatologist, whom I’ll call Dr. Williams in my new book, recommended a new treatment for the Actinic Keratosis on my forehead (commonly called AK, and considered a pre-cursor of cancer.)  Normally, he would use cryosurgery: squirts of liquid nitrogen that freeze the skin cells, resulting in their falling off after blistering and scabbing over. …

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New Treatment, Old News

I did hear from the dermatologist’s office today regarding the visit I made to his office this past week. He had looked at my black toenails and immediately commented: “What did you do to them? Traumatized them?” Of course, he was right, and I told him of the five mile walk the week before the …

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