Shh, I have a secret

By Lauren Kovacs

Those secret symptoms wreak havoc and party hard in our body. They high five each other as they go to torture some part of us. I swear there is some kind of party in my left arm involving fire.

It is not a calm “kumbaya” bonfire. It is more like a concert with pyrotechnics and lava. Every night the burning visits me, like a ghost. It sneaks up on me. It lights my Continue reading

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Knowledge of MS Progression is its Own Invisible Symptom

By Stacie Prada

Many health conditions and symptoms are never seen by others and remain unknown to the people in our lives until we talk about them. Even then, what our friends and family members see and what we tell them don’t match. The disparity between how we look and how we feel makes it hard for others to believe it’s as much of an issue as we say.

Some of my invisible symptoms are widely shared by many people with multiple sclerosis. There’s fatigue, Continue reading

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Some things aren’t easy to see

When it comes to MS symptoms, there is a real variety in what individuals experience. This is one of the reasons why making an MS diagnosis is so challenging. Its symptoms can look different from person to person. No two people have the same MS disease course. This can make it hard to understand exactly how the condition impacts someone. Its uniqueness acts as a detriment at times when trying to explain or educate others about MS. It is assumed that symptoms will look the same and that outcomes will match, but this is not always the case.

One of the most common symptoms of MS can be cognitive challenges. This wasn’t always Continue reading

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Invisible but VERY Real: Heat Intolerance

By Alene Brennan

It’s been four years since I was diagnosed with Relapsing-Remitting MS.

I remember the doctor asking me if I had a sensitivity to heat in that appointment.

YES!

Finally, I got validation for Continue reading

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Eileen Dillon – July 2020 Artist of the Month

Each year, we feature the work of artists affected by multiple sclerosis in our annual MSAA Art Showcase, including highlighting one artist each month as our Artist of the Month. This month, we are proud to feature artist Eileen Dillon of Denver, CO:

Artwork by Eileen Dillon Artist of the Month for July

“Lion in the Bush”

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Meet the Board – Michael Lubben

MSAA strives to be a leading resource for the MS community by improving lives today through vital services and support – and we could not accomplish this without the help of our volunteer board members. MSAA’s Board of Directors is comprised of accomplished professionals from across the country who volunteer their time to further MSAA’s mission. With our ongoing series, Meet the Board, we hope to introduce you to our wonderful volunteer board members!

This month, MSAA is proud to highlight our newest board member Michael Lubben. Continue reading

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MS and Self-Care During the Quarantine

A woman as a potted plant watering herself to grow healthy

For most people, living through the quarantine is one of the most challenging and unnerving experiences ever. And yet, it can also be a time of boredom, as many are kept away from the places of everyday routines, from gyms to community pools.

To not just make it through but thrive during this time requires a heightened attention to self-care.

To hear more about how those in the multiple sclerosis community are handling Continue reading

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Summer: Once My Favorite Time of Year, But Not So Much Anymore

Summer with Multiple Sclerosis

By Penelope Conway

What can I say? Summertime is hot, muggy, sweltering, and sweaty. It used to be my favorite time of year for concerts in the park, trips to Six Flags to enjoy water rides and death defying trams that sent you into another universe altogether, cookouts, vacations, open windows with cool breezes blowing, family time, and relaxing by the pool. Continue reading

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Summer Fun at the Drive-In

By Stacie Prada

As summer hits and pandemic-closed businesses open up in my area, it’s exciting to have my local drive-in theater open again. I hadn’t been to a drive-in movie in decades, because staying up late and watching from my car didn’t hold a lot of appeal for me. I’m now a convert. The ability to get out of the house and do something social and special boosted my mood immensely.

Everyone has different preferences and needs, but Continue reading

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Strawberry Loaf Cake Recipe

Strawberry Loaf Cake RecipeI love strawberry season and I am always looking for easy recipes and this strawberry loaf cake recipe is one of my favorites! It is a sweet treat all can enjoy. Top it with your favorite ice cream. Can be served hot or cold.

Ingredients: Continue reading

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