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 […]

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 […]