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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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It starts with the decision: "It can be done." by michaelbgerber Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) It starts with the decision: "It can be done."It's New Year's Day. As is our custom, we woke up, turned on the TV and began watching the Rose Parade and then I saw them. The ... Read on »
My Bucket List Just Got Shorter. by michaelbgerber Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) I have wanted to do it for years. I was going to do it for my 50th birthday and couldn’t because I weighed too much, so I waited. I lost weight (30 pounds) and for my 52nd b ... Read on »
Topsy-Turvy by michaelbgerber Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Topsy-Turvey. Sometimes called higgledy-piggledy. But whatever you call it, that is how we roll. On-line dictionaries define it as: 1. with the top where the bottom s ... Read on »
Exclusivity by michaelbgerber Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) People with a disability are excluded for one of two reasons. The first reason being that they are actually excluded because of their disability. The other being that they e ... Read on »
Today I am thankful by michaelbgerber Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Happy Thanksgiving. I have a very long list of all that I am thankful for. This is just a part of it. At the top of the list is my wife. She is everything to me. She give ... 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 »
The Lesser of Two Evils by michaelbgerber Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) This blog was written with the help and editing skills of my good friend, Vicki Bridges. Life does not always give us perfect choices. If it did, decision making would be ... Read on »
What can I give you today? by michaelbgerber Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Today is my 52nd birthday and I do not have a gift picked out yet for all of you. You may recall that last year at this time I published a blog about my birthday philosop ... Read on »
Kind of matters. by michaelbgerber Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Have you ever tried changing lanes on the LA freeway system? Fought for a parking space at Costco on a weekend day? Waited in line only to have someone jump in front of you an ... Read on »
Denial: A Basic Survival Skill by michaelbgerber Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) A friend of mine who is a psychologist, told me that I am suffering from “Chronic Euphoria”. She says I am far too happy for my circumstances and teases me about being in deni ... Read on »
Get out your POM-POMS! by michaelbgerber Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) I use wheelchair or walker everywhere I go. So you may be surprised to learn that yesterday, for the second year in a row I crossed the finish line at the MS Bike Ride. O ... Read on »
The Family Treasure by michaelbgerber Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Michael Josephson of Character Counts is one of my favorite commentators. He recently published this story and I wanted to share it with all my friends. It is about choice. ... Read on »
Sense and Sensibility by michaelbgerber Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) When I talk about senses, I am not talking about sight, smell, touch, taste, etc. I am talking about something perhaps a little bigger. I am talking about those senses which g ... Read on »
Two Emotional by michaelbgerber Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) There is a theory, perhaps a philosophy, which says that there are only two emotions: Fear and Love. Everything else falls under one of those two emotions. So why is this i ... Read on »
Why my disability is better. by michaelbgerber Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) As I see it, disability comes to us one of three ways. We are born with it. We have a disease or condition that is progressive. Or, it is the sudden effect of some trauma or e ... Read on »
“This is going to hurt me more than it hurts you.” by michaelbgerber Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) “This is going to hurt me more than it hurts you.” Did your parents ever say that to you? Usually it was mentioned just before giving out a punishment or a spanking (Somet ... Read on »
Reality Check by michaelbgerber Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) My big brother, Howard, has always been one of my teachers and role models. He taught me how to tie my shoes and to tie a necktie. Years later, he went into real estate sales. ... 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 »
Can I Sing The Bass Line? by michaelbgerber Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Puberty came early to me. I actually started shaving at ten years old. By the next year I had the deepest voice of any student in my junior high school. (They call them middle ... Read on »
Twenty-nine years ago today. by michaelbgerber Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) It was exactly twenty-nine years ago today that I was married and my life was forever changed for the better. I was going to write a blog about it, just like I did last year. ... Read on »