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 http://blog.mymsaa.org/hard-family-conversations-and-ms/** 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 […]

Living with multiple sclerosis can be like trying to stop a runaway train

Runaway MS Train – MSAA Reblog

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**Originally posted by Matt Cavallo on MSAA Conversations on 2-27-2015 at http://blog.mymsaa.org/runaway-ms-train/**   Photo Caption: Deviant Art. (n.d.). Retrieved March 2, 2015, from http://dakann.deviantart.com/art/Runaway-Train-53676298 I remember as if it were yesterday: January, 2007. I was sitting in my neurologist’s office after suffering my third relapse in eighteen months. At that moment, I felt that my MS was […]

Researching the JC Virus from the Bench to Bedside with Alison Hirukawa

Researching the JC Virus from the Bench to Bedside with Alison Hirukawa

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When I was first diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2005, there were limited treatment options available to slow the progression of the disease. For me, those treatment options didn’t work. My first eighteen months living with the disease I faced relapse after damaging relapse wondering if my quality of life would ever find some kind […]

Cigarette Sidebar: Smoking and Multiple Sclerosis

Cigarette Sidebar: Smoking and MS

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(Image citation: Joseph, L. (n.d.). Smoke – Charisma of Evil within Us- Ms Shwetha Joyce Rasquinha, Mangalore. Retrieved June 15, 2013. http://literatureislife4ever.wordpress.com/2013/03/29/smoke-charisma-of-evil-within-us-ms-shwetha-joyce-rasquinha-mangalore/) Excerpt from The Dog Story: I am a closet smoker.  I hide it from my wife, my work and my family.  Not that I care if they know I smoke, I just don’t want to have […]