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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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I am happy to be here by michaelbgerber Patient Expert 1 Comment Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Be where? Paris? Honolulu? No, in the hospital. In fact, I have never been happier to be in the hospital than I am now. Why am I happy to be in the hospital? Because I am ... Read on »
Practically Famous by michaelbgerber Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) A few months ago I was contacted by an organization, Health Central, and asked if I  would be interested in doing some videos about MS for them….and so I did. They came ... Read on »
Labor of Love by michaelbgerber Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) It happened on Christmas Day 28 years ago. It all began on the 22nd. We thought it would happen on the 23rd, but it didn’t. Then for sure it would happen on the 24th, but it ... 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 »
The Medical Report by michaelbgerber Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) I remember laughing. It was almost 30 years ago and if you called my mother-in-law and asked “How ya doing?” you got the answer, the whole medical report whether you wanted ... Read on »
Eating Children. by michaelbgerber Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) The title of this piece is correct. It is about eating children. Many, many years ago when my kids were born (now 26 and almost 28 years old), I wrote poems. Some of you ... Read on »
You know you have a great mom when........ by michaelbgerber Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Moms don’t get all the attention and credit they deserve…..or at least the great ones don’t. I know this because I had a great mom.Great Moms are committed and preoccupied w ... Read on »
Marital Advice From An Expert.....Me! by michaelbgerber Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) I am not a psychologist or therapist and have no formal training on how to counsel others. What I do have is a very happy marriage of 30 years and that is what qualifies me ... Read on »
It takes a village…..or at least it’s better that way. by michaelbgerber Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) There are always at least two ways to do everything. Right or wrong. Good or bad. Alone or with others. I like to do things with others. In fact, I am certain that my lif ... Read on »
Rejection has never felt so good. by michaelbgerber Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Is it the good news or the bad news? This past week and for the third time, I was turned down as a participant in a clinical trial. Getting into one of these trials as a vol ... Read on »
Doing the best we can Part Four: "Never Underestimate The Power Of A Smile" by michaelbgerber Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) I found what I hope is the perfect ending to this series on doing the best you can. It is a very short video taken from ABC News of a graduation speech given by a very speci ... Read on »
Doing the best we can. Part three: Life and love. by michaelbgerber Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Sometimes doing our best has nothing to do with physical accomplishments, careers or travels. It has to do with how we approach life, living and love. All too often, when f ... Read on »
Doing the best we can. Part Two. When is failure a success? by michaelbgerber Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) When is failure a success? Every time we do the best that we can do. Recently I was introduced to Wendy Booker. Have you heard of her? She is an extraordinary person who ... Read on »
Do the best we can. Who could ask for more than that? by michaelbgerber Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) I spent 26 years in management and came from the school that said “you either have results or excuses why not”. It was an approach to managing salespeople in particular that ... Read on »
Five Rules for a Happy Life by michaelbgerber Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) I have my share of problems and challenges. I have stress, financial worries, children to worry about and a million other daily “life issues” just like everybody else does. ... Read on »
Knowing what to be grateful for by michaelbgerber Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) I get “A Quote of the Day” from the website “All About Gratitude” (http://www.AllAboutGratitude.com ) and love it. Gratitude is a recurring theme in my own writing and I bel ... Read on »
What will you do? by michaelbgerber Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) The National MS Society has declared March 8-14 “National MS Awareness Week” and the MS Foundation calls March the “National MS Education and Awareness Month”. With that sai ... 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 »
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 »
Staying in the race. by michaelbgerber Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) I love to run. Now that may come as a surprise to many of you, especially since I use a walker or wheelchair today, but it’s true.I started running about 15 years ago, late ... Read on »