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Maryann Patient Expert

Salem, Virginia
I am 58 years old, and I was diagnosed with MS (multiple sclerosis) in the early 1990's. It was under control, except that I lost my balance and fell every once in awhile and had to eventually begin using a cane. About six years ago, my arms got weak and my hands became uncoordinated. I was... Full Bio
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Nature, Nurture by Maryann Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) I'm going to start off with a breast problem--mine. I have rather large breasts and, because of my age, they hang down on my chest. Four times in the last two years, I've go ... Read on »
Last Days of August by Maryann Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Our little Brooklyn family visited a few weeks ago. We had such a fabulous time! Albert is as tall as me now. He has lost weight, and is swimming and jogging. Alex ... Read on »
July Heat and MS by Maryann Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) This month has been unusual. As for the weather, first we had a windstorm with 80 mph winds. There was lightning but you couldn't see it because it was behind the massiv ... Read on »
Richmond, VA trip by Maryann Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Last month, we took a trip to Richmond. We stayed at a lovely B&B called Maury Place B&B, which was located on Monument Avenue. The owners were very nic ... Read on »
May Happenings by Maryann Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) The top picture is my grandson Alex. He's the sweetest little guy! Bottom picture, of course, is Monty and me. We took a trip to Winchester, VA last week. Fir ... Read on »
Trip, Walking by Maryann Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) It's been a long time since I wrote anything in my blog. I had to take a break from it. Now, I'm back. We took an extra-long trip last month. We drove to Philly to visi ... Read on »
New, Not Pleasant Surprises Plus Family Visit by Maryann Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) These are my adorable grandsons. Alex, on the left, is 8 years old. Albert is 12 years old. They are two of the sweetest, kindness and funniest kids I know. They and ... Read on »
Peace by Maryann Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) I am trying to attain peace. It's working a little bit. Monty is helping me a lot. I've started a class at our temple that involves lots of reading and studying ... Read on »
Prayers, Thoughts, Hugs Needed by Maryann Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) My dear friend Sue's sweet service dog Daisy has an aggressive cancer, and they're only giving her about two weeks to live. Daisy is only ten, and Sue has only had her ... Read on »
Happy Things by Maryann Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Yesterday, I had an appointment with my orthopedist. Earlier this week, I had an excruciating pain in the palm of my left hand. Come to find out, it's bursitis. I wa ... Read on »
Trip by Maryann Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) The first picture is Monty playing Cujo. Second is Fredericksburg, VA. Third is Monty laying with his head on his backpack during the tour. Fourth is Arnie ... Read on »
Bad News, Good News by Maryann Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) The IV SoluMedrol didn't work, as my legs are slowly getting weaker. Damn, it was such a disappointment. I'm having trouble getting up off the floor with Monty's hel ... Read on »
IV SoluMedrol Monster by Maryann Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Before I begin my main subject, this is Monty taken at the Saint Francis Farm during Dogtoberfest. The weather did not cooperate. It was 55 degrees, windy and cloudy. ... Read on »
Charleston, South Carolina by Maryann Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) My husband, me and Monty took a trip down to Charleston, SC. Other than it being hot and humid, we had a very nice time. We stayed at a B&B that was near a lake, ... Read on »
Little Things Keep Getting Taken Away by MS by Maryann Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) First for the good news. Arnie, Monty and I went to Margate, NJ to celebrate his 70th birthday. A total of 25 relatives, friends and grandkids came to celebrate wi ... Read on »
Friends by Maryann Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Friends are very, very important to me. I had a hard time making friends when we moved to Virginia. I didn't work, didn't belong to a club or anything like that. After ... Read on »
Taken off of Tysabri by Maryann Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) These are my two grandsons, Alex (8) and Albert (12). They came, along with their parents, for a visit in March. We had a wonderful time with them. Behind them in th ... Read on »
MS Specialist by Maryann Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) My neurologist here in Salem referred me to an MS specialist in Charlottesville. As I have never been to one, I was intrigued. We drove the 2.5 hour drive to C and I che ... Read on »
MS Meeting by Maryann Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) This is my very good friend Gabrielle standing in our back yard. She came to visit us in November, and we had such a wonderful time together. We hadn't seen each other s ... Read on »
Birthday Celebration by Maryann Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Friday, February 4, was my 60th birthday. We drove (9 hours) to my brother-in-law and sister-in-law's in Margate, NJ. My SIL, Bev, is a gourmet cook. She fixed melt-in-your- ... Read on »