Clinically Isolated Syndrome versus MS

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The Coolture of Feng Fu

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In the past two months, the unrelenting Arizona summer sun has beat me into submission. There have been only three days under one hundred degrees in the past two months. There is no shade, no way to escape the sun other than to hide inside. There is also no break from this intense heat in […]

Cognitive issues are common with multiple sclerosis

Independence and MS

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On this day back in 1976, the Declaration of Independence was signed into law. Today, let’s look at a declaration of independence from five common symptoms of multiple sclerosis that I experienced and what it meant to me: Vision Problems Vision Problems are one of the most common symptoms associated with MS. I have had […]

Occupational Therapy and multiple sclerosis

Occupational Therapy and MS

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Many of you who have read my blog over the years, know how I went blind in my right eye due to optic neuritis or my struggles before and after my anterior cervical fusion. During my rehabilitation from these events, I worked extensively with an occupational therapist (OT) to help regain the activities of daily […]

Living with multiple sclerosis can be tough. What do you have that's worth fighting for?

Worth Fighting For – MSAA Reblog

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**Originally posted by Matt Cavallo on MSAA Conversations on 4-20-2015 at** Photo Citation: Wash, B. (2011, December 11). Never Never Give Up, art show 2011, MBW. Retrieved June 3, 2015, from There was a touching moment at my last neurology appointment. You see, I have been with my same neurologist since moving to Arizona […]

Dehydration and IV Tips with Matt Cavallo

Dehydration and IV Tips

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Since being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2005, the veins in my arms have been stuck well over a hundred times. My monthly Tysabri infusion alone has equaled 108 vein piercing injections once every 28 days dating back to February of 2007. Each time has been without incident. My nurses remark how I have big […]

Commonly Missed Medical Expenses for Tax Deductions

Commonly Missed Medical Expenses for Tax Deductions – MSAA ReBlog

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**Originally posted by Matt Cavallo on MSAA Conversations on 3-14-2014 at** Taxes. (n.d.). Retrieved March 12, 2015, from The change of the season can only mean one thing: taxes! I can’t turn on my TV or radio right now without hearing an advertisement for tax preparation. Whether you prepare your own taxes or use […]

Matt Cavallo on having tough family conversations about Multiple Sclerosis

Hard Family Conversations and MS – MSAA ReBlog

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**Originally posted by Matt Cavallo on MSAA Conversations on 2-11-2015 at** Me and my Aunt Angie, Loretta’s older sister, December 2015 During my initial hospital stay and subsequent diagnosis of MS, one of the biggest challenges that I faced was talking to my family. We had a history of multiple sclerosis in my family. My […]