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Happy Independence Day! by Joan .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) On this fourth of July, 2014, I'm sending up a flare of hope that we will soon declare independence from Multiple Sclerosis.  Be safe and well this holiday! Read on »
And They're Off! by Joan .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Fledgling Eastern Bluebird The Eastern Bluebirds began leaving the nest box one-by-one this morning.   It takes a lot of courage to leave the warmth and ... Read on »
Fledge Watch by Joan .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Although I don't blog much (I'll probably post the reason why in the future), I still remember that some of you love the bird posts.  Status update Mama and Papa ... Read on »
Thank You, Healthline, For Selecting Mine as One of the Best MS Blogs for 2014 by Joan .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Healthline Thank you, Healthline.com , for selecting A Short in the Cord as one of the Best MS Blogs of 2014.   I'm flattered by the description: ... Read on »
Final Results from Wheeler's Wobblers MS Walks by Joan .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Anne raised over $500! The results are in:  Between two walks, one in Wilmington and one in Newark, the 2014 Wheeler's Wobblers MS Walk Team raised $12, 2 ... Read on »
A Wobblers' Encore This Saturday, May 3, in Newark, Delaware by Joan .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) The MS Walk in Wilmington (Delaware) a few weeks ago was so much fun, some of us decided to do it again in Newark this Saturday, 3 May.  You are invited to join us for a lei ... Read on »
We Don't Fall Down Because of Your Support by Joan .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Wheeler's Wobblers MS Walk Team report from the MS Walk Wilmington, 12 April 2014: The weather was beautiful for a stroll along the Wilmington Riverfront, and there were ... Read on »
Want to Wish Me a Very Happy Birthday? by Joan .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) In honor of my upcoming 55th birthday (Thursday), please consider making a donation to my Multiple Sclerosis fundraising efforts.  For the fifth year in a row, the W ... Read on »
Why I Walk by Joan .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Recently, the MS Society asked me about my motivation for participation in the yearly MS Walk fundraisers.  They asked for a quote about “Why I Walk.” At firs ... Read on »
Happy MS Awareness Week by Joan .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Just in case you didn't know, this is MS Awareness Week.  There, now you are aware! The Delaware Chapter has a week of fundraisers at local restaurants, ... Read on »
Not Exactly a Book Review: "Americashire: A Field Guide to Marriage" by Joan .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Dear Jennifer Richardson, I finished your book, " Americashire: A Field Guide to a Marriage ," and thoroughly enjoyed reading it.  However, I've been having a heck of ... Read on »
And So I Choose... Sad by Joan .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Oh, Christmastime. So full of merriment.  Parties with lots of people, houses dripping with decorations, wrapped presents under trees and in stockings.  Gatherings, caroli ... Read on »
A Short in the Cord - The Whole Story by Joan .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) In 2005, I began writing about my experiences with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis to help me understand what was happening to me. I decided that I wanted to share th ... Read on »
Book Review: Shadow Summit - One Man, His Diagnosis, and the Road to a Vibrant Life by Joan .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Recently, I had the privilege of reviewing a book called "ShadowSummit - One man, His Diagnosis, and the Road to a Vibrant Life" by JonChandonnet. I have ha ... Read on »
Disability is an Insurance Payout, Not a Handout by Joan .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) I want to correct a misconception about disability payments.  I continue to encounter folks who think that people on disability are scamming, defrauding, cheating, or gettin ... Read on »
Update on Gilenya Patient with PML: Novartis sez "unlikely to be attributable to Gilenya" by Joan .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Source: MedPage Today , Published 29 Aug 2013,  written by By  John Gever , Deputy Managing Editor, MedPage Today SILVER SPRING, Md. -- A patient being treated for mult ... Read on »
FDA is investigating a possible PML case in patient taking Gilenya by Joan .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) I will continue to monitor the chatter, but wanted you to know that I received this FDA Alert dated 29 Aug 2013 ISSUE: FDA is alerting the public that a patient in Europe d ... Read on »
It's Like Being Switched Off, by Allison Potts by Joan .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) I want to share this great post about fatigue in Multiple Sclerosis.  MS fatigue is impossible to explain, and it's the most common reason for disability in people with MS ... Read on »
The Absolute #1 Best Travel Advice EVER by Joan .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Yes, the Absolute #1 BEST Travel Advice for me, and probably many people with MS (spoiler alert): ask for a wheelchair to get you through the airport. While prepar ... Read on »