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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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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 »
Three parts to communication; Listening, Telling and Being Heard by michaelbgerber Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Everyone talks and most everybody listens. Most of us are better at one of those skills than the other. However, all of us could probably use a little improvement in another a ... Read on »
From 13 to 30 by michaelbgerber Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Once I reached my thirties (I am now 51), I was able to look back and realize that I was not as smart as I thought I was. In fact, arriving at this age and time was actually a ... Read on »
Cynic or Optimist. Which are you? by michaelbgerber Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) If your experience is anything like mine, than you probably know people who can only be described as “cynics.” What I have found to be universally true among my cynical friend ... Read on »
Choosing our perspective by michaelbgerber Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) What is perspective? It is more than just how we view everything. Perspective is how we choose to view everything. Do we really have a choice about our perspective? We m ... Read on »
What if you couldn't? by michaelbgerber Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) This is not about sex. It really isn’t. My friend has a beautiful, sweet, smart wife that he loves. They have two kids and a beautiful home and life together. What they d ... Read on »
Do we really have a choice? by michaelbgerber Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) The moment we choose to have one thing, we are choosing not to have something else. It is that simple. We cannot choose to lose weight and eat unlimited amounts of ice cr ... Read on »
Everything in life happens for a reason. by michaelbgerber Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Experience has taught me that everything happens for one of two reasons. Those reasons are that we either have something to learn or something to teach, often both. I may not ... Read on »
What defines you? by michaelbgerber Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) My mom was a beautiful woman. As a young woman, she looked like Elizabeth Taylor in National Velvet. As she got to be in her thirties, she looked more like Mary Tyler Moore. ... Read on »
Changing the world one song at a time. by michaelbgerber Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) While walking down the street in New Orleans’ French Quarter, a friend and I walked by an elderly gentleman sitting on the corner smiling and greeting all the passersby. We ac ... Read on »
I am a survivor. We are all survivors......AGAIN by michaelbgerber Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) I originally wrote and publshed this piece more than six months ago. Since then, much has changed in our world and economy. In re-reading this, it seemed much more relevant to ... Read on »
Watch Your Language! by michaelbgerber Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) "Words are the envelopes that hold a person's experience of another person, place or thing." I learned this almost 30 years ago and knowing it has helped me learn to listen an ... Read on »
It is an honor. by michaelbgerber Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) It is an honor for me to be included and recognized by so many people in so many ways. My blog is now published on four websites and is viewed an average of more than 100 ... Read on »
I have learned to ask for help. by michaelbgerber Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT We are going to be on TV this week. KNBC, our local NBC affiliate will be airing a segment this week on the MS Walk and living with the disease and we w ... Read on »
Try not to try. by michaelbgerber Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Try and eliminate the word “try” from your vocabulary. It is not easy. As a society and culture we have learned to rely on this word for comfort, justification, explanation an ... Read on »
I OWE IT ALL TO TWO HOOKERS! by michaelbgerber Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Right turn – Left turn stories. We all have them. One day we make a right turn instead of a left turn and the whole course of our life is forever changed. That is what life is ... Read on »
The Best News Of All by michaelbgerber Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Recently the NBC Nightly news announced that they would be doing a special segment called “Making A Difference” The host, Brian Williams, asked people to “send us stories of p ... Read on »
My Story. My Symptoms My Sorrows. My Successes. My MS. by michaelbgerber Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Imagine waking up one day and realizing that your life, every aspect of it, is forever changed. That is what happened to me the moment the doctor said “You have MS.” Actually, ... Read on »