Diary of a Man with MS

Started in June 2016. Diary of a man with MS is a sporadic report of my life with MS. There are so many ups and downs, twists and turns. Sometimes I think they aer worth telling other people about them.

Sometimes I want to keep the story to myelf. None the less this whole website is a story of my life especially the tab ‘Living with MS’.

Diary of a man with MS

MS is another piece of baggage that can make the emotional roller-coster ride of life even more exciting or should I say daunting as well as frustrating.

Paying people who receive benefits

Paying people who receive benefits

I recently attended a one day seminar on ‘paying people who receive benefits’. Typically these people are service users. How can I condense an intense six hour seminar into 500 words? Not easy, so here are a few important points. Paying people who receive benefits is not straight forward. The rules are complex. Also the […]

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Toastmasters humorous table topics competition

Toastmasters humorous table topics competition

I have been a member of Toastmasters for several years. The first Toastmasters competition for me and I had reached the second round of the Toastmasters humorous table topics competition. Toastmasters humorous Table Topics competition Table topics, you either hate ‘em or love ‘em. Just make an impromptu unrehearsed speech on a random topic lasting […]

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Multiple sclerosis is a funny old disease

Multiple sclerosis is a funny old disease

Multiple sclerosis is a funny old disease. No it is definitely not funny ha ha. Trying to get my head around continual progression ain’t easy. There are always changes and it catches me out. I just get the hang of what’s happening then there is a bit more progression. Multiple sclerosis is a funny old […]

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Sometimes I cannot get out of first gear

Sometimes I cannot get out of first gear

We can all have good days and bad days. People with Multiple Sclerosis seem to have more bad days than good days. Just at the moment I’m not sleeping well. During the day sometimes I cannot get out of first gear. It is sooooo frustrating. It is an invisible symptom. Just at the moment I’m […]

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Action packed couple of days in Barcelona

Action packed couple of days in Barcelona

I flew out to Barcelona for a couple of days. I took The Trike with me as one does.  No, I was not going on a holiday. It was for a meeting with RADAR-CNS. A research project wanting to develop ways to measure Long Term Conditions using wearable devices and smartphone technology. I was there as a […]

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Capability for Work questionnaire

Capability for Work questionnaire

Every once in a while the postman delivers a letter and I think ‘Uh oh this could be trouble’. On the front of this letter in big black letters I was told ‘IMPORTANT INFORMATION THIS IS NOT A CIRCULAR’ and it was ‘PRIVATE &  CONFIDENTIAL’. The really important clue was the sender, printed on the back […]

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The Wife and I flew to Barcelona from Luton airport

The Wife and I flew to Barcelona from Luton airport

When I am going on holiday I start at point A, have my holiday at point B then return to point A at the end of the holiday. In this case it was a five day city break in Barcelona. The Wife and I flew to Barcelona from Luton airport. What can I say about […]

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Stumble fall crunch and wallop

Stumble fall crunch and wallop

Monday evening We had finished watching episode 5 of Line of Duty. No spoilers I promise. Program finished and we were done. All that was left was to clear up the room and toddle off to bed. The Wife had taken the glasses through to the kitchen. All I had to do was switch off […]

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Bed is the only place for you

Bed is the only place for you

Thursday 30th of April arrived I felt decidedly second-hand when I woke up and it went downhill from there. I felt as if I had been rejected by the local rubbish dump. Eventually I retired to bed very early in the evening. The Wife took my temperature, 38.3 and added. “Yup, bed is the only […]

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Feeling of being flattened by a steamroller

Feeling of being flattened by a steamroller

Do you remember a blog I wrote a month ago? The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) summoned me to an interview. I arrived at the appointed hour and came out 30 minutes later feeling as if I had been mauled by an angry lion or flattened by a steam roller. This will definitely not rank […]

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The Wife and I went on a London Road Trip

The Wife and I went on a London Road Trip

The Wife and I went on a London road trip on Saturday 18th March. See the Hockney exhibition at the Tate Britain and then on to the Coliseum to see Pirates of Penzance. It’s always the other little events that make the day interesting. The Road Trip The Wife and I travelled into London independently. […]

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MS claims another activity this time a close shave

MS claims another activity this time a close shave

I have suffered from multiple sclerosis for more years than I care to remember.  Quite how I have managed to live this long has been a big surprise to both me and The Wife. Life has been a series of close shaves. Far more than I would ever want to admit. Diagnosed with MS in […]

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Department for Work and Pensions invite me to a meeting

Department for Work and Pensions invite me to a meeting

The postman delivered a buff brown envelope on the 7th Feb. The Wife gave it to me. The return address was DWP, PO Box 585, Belfast. Straightaway I said, “Oh this is something about my disability allowance”. She made me open it. It was dated 1st February 2017. The basic gist of it was as follows. […]

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MSitis and the story of the forgotten catheters

MSitis and the story of the forgotten catheters

Saturday 7 January 2017 and five of us go up to London to see The Dresser, a play starring Tom Stott and Reece Shearsmith showing at The Duke of York theatre. It was a great production, loved it but not so keen on the disabled loo in the theatre. Horribly cramped, in fact not enough […]

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How to have a happy Christmas dinner

How to have a happy Christmas dinner

The problem is how to have a happy Christmas dinner. I’m the one who needs to take things gently,. Pogressive MS, this dreadful disease makes me clumsy and inept. I can easily fall over or lose my balance so it is vital that I spread the work over the day. That’s the theory, if only […]

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Seven days during the Rio Olympics

Seven days during the Rio Olympics

There are days when living with MS is really not too bad and there are days when it is awful. There are even days when it can be exciting. This has been a week when I have gone through all of these emotions and more. I even broke my Leki walking stick in a dramatic […]

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A Simple Decision Every Morning

A Simple Decision Every Morning

There are decisions I must make every day from the moment I wake up. I have to make a simple decision every morning when I get dressed. The result depends upon the mood I am in, how I feel when I wake up. It is my decision and it affects me for the rest of the […]

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Living with multiple sclerosis is no laughing matter

Living with multiple sclerosis is no laughing matter

Two reasons why living with multiple sclerosis is no laughing matter. Saturday 24 June I always look forward to Saturday. Not because it’s the end of the week. Not because it’s the start of the weekend. It’s the day I go to the local bakery buy bread and Chelsea Buns. Last Saturday came round and […]

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Sunday 16th June 2016

Sunday 16th June 2016

The weeks just roll on one after the other and they seem to pass in the blink of an eye. Almost the longest day of the year and it seems to have crept up unannounced. It’s not just one week morphing into the next it’s one month morphing into the next. The time only passes […]

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12 June 2016

12 June 2016

Diary 12 June 2016 Here’s something to think about. It’s a quote from Mary Kay Ash, an American businesswoman and founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics. “There are two things people want more than sex and money; recognition and praise”. In case you were wondering the Travelscoot that was for sale has been sold. I have […]

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