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michaelbgerber Patient Expert

Los Angeles, California
About Me:  I am a happy man. I am madly in love with my beautiful wife of 28 years, Gail. I have two fantastic grown children, Jenica and Adam, now 26 and 24 years old. I am surrounded by incredible friends and lead a very active life. I also have MS. The progression of the disease has... Full Bio
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Another Extraordinary Human Being by michaelbgerber Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS)  The world is filled with amazing people and when we meet or see someone who moves us, we want to share that experience with others. I just watched the video of this young w ... Read on »
I celebrate my independence on Independence Day by michaelbgerber Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) I wrote this blog a few years ago and since it is Independence  Day, I thought that I would update it and repost it. I hope you enjoy it.  I stopped driving about 10 ... Read on »
Thank God I am not disabled! by michaelbgerber Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) I hate the word “disabled”. It is the word used most often to describe a person who lives with a disability. But there is a big difference between the two. A bom ... Read on »
Thanksgiving. My mother's legacy. by michaelbgerber Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) "The best kind of giving is thanksgiving."   Below is a blog that I wrote four years ago about my mother and Thanksgiving. I was reading it yesterday an ... Read on »
"I feel as though a piece of me has died" by michaelbgerber Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) "I feel as though a piece of me has died". These are the words my father-in-law used today to describe how he felt about his older sister passing away, our Aunt Lola. ... Read on »
“MS Kills Connections. Connections Kill MS.” by michaelbgerber Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) This was the theme of this year’s National MS Society's Annual Leadership Conference held in Denver from November 7-9 and what an extraordinary conference it was. The gene ... Read on »
“Staying married is its own reward” by michaelbgerber Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) That phrase, “staying married is its own reward” was told to me almost 26 years ago.   I think that until someone has been marrie ... Read on »
30,000 Hits and No Bruises! by michaelbgerber Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Today is the day. Today my hit counter says that my blog has been visited 30,000 times.  Actually, the last time that I looked it was 30,154. When I started this, I never ... Read on »
A high tolerance for pain. by michaelbgerber Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) One day, I was working with an acupuncturist and she was burning incense on the palm of my hand. She told me to let her know when it gets too hot and she wo ... Read on »
A Pill That Is Not Hard To Swallow by michaelbgerber Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) This entry is specifically for people with MS.Today I was contacted by a representative from Acorda Therapeutics to talk about AMPYRA, the newest drug to be approved by the ... Read on »
Always expect the worst and you'll never be disappointed. by michaelbgerber Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Recently, and not for the first time, someone said to me, "Always expect the worst and you will never be disappointed." That is a heck of a statement, isn't it? I know that th ... Read on »
Amazing Perspective....."The Options Are Limited” by michaelbgerber Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) I wrote this three years ago and came across it again recently. For me, it is more relevant than ever and I thought it was worth posting again. I hope that you agree. I ... Read on »
An unusual anniversary. by michaelbgerber Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) There are a lot of different kinds of anniversaries. There are wedding anniversaries, birthdays anniversaries, the anniversary of the passing of a loved one, and on and ... Read on »
Are we having fun yet? by michaelbgerber Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) The real question is, if we are not having fun, why not? Fun is a choice, a perspective and an attitude towards life. So if you are not having fun, it may be time to ask yours ... Read on »
Are we part of a Lost Generation? by michaelbgerber Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Please watch this short video. What will it sound like when your life is played back? Participate. Make a difference. Live a life that matters. Read on »
Ball and Chain by michaelbgerber Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) August 15th is a very special day for me and my family because Christina is getting married on that day. Who is Christina? She is an extraordinary and beautiful young woman wh ... Read on »
Because it is Valentine's Day by michaelbgerber Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Recently, one of my oldest and dearest friends had a stroke. He survived, yet it was a shock to all of us. Then, just a few weeks later, another dear friend had a heart atta ... Read on »
Because you asked me. by michaelbgerber Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) It has been and continues to be my pleasure and great privilege to share my perspectives with all of you. As of this writing, my blog has been viewed many thousands of times a ... Read on »
Bells Will Be Ringing by michaelbgerber Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Pride, joy, excitement and anticipation are a few of the feelings we have had since we learned of our son's engagement to his girlfriend Abby. It always seems ... Read on »
Birthday Balderdash by michaelbgerber Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) I have written about birthdays in the past, yet they seem to keep coming. What’s the deal with that? Sure, I am getting older but I was getting older yesterday too and nobod ... Read on »