Last reply 6 days ago
MS Haiku

Anniversary!
It’s two years ago today.
First symptom appeared.

And then, I got sick.
Which started my first relapse.
And new life, in fact.

Since then, ebbs and flows.
Not so much a rocky road.
More a steep old climb.

MS is no friend
But it’s a part of me now
Unwanted lodger.

I’ve a new normal.
Wish I could go back two years
And have old normal.

But time marches on,
And I struggle to keep up.
Disability.

A whole new label.
Sometimes I feel it, alright.
And other times not.

My mind can trap me,
So I need to tread careful.
Fight to stay on top.

Like everyone else.,
Like all my other Shift friends.
Onwards and upwards.

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sfrox
1 month ago

Onwards and upwards!


stumbler
1 month ago

@vixen , I don’t know whether to wish you Happy Anniversary or not. But, you know what I mean. 😉


wobbler
1 month ago

@vixen …indeed!


grandma
1 month ago

Vixen – I’m still here after 24 years, still fighting, still posting keep going!😍


dvtrv
6 days ago

Hey Vixen,

I’m interested to know your thoughts on MS hereditary.

I used to work for a man back in 2009 and he has three brothers whom all have MS.

They say it is not hereditary

🤔

If you’d be so kind, can be bothered or even have an opinion I’d be interested.

I ask as I see both you and your sister have MS.


stumbler
6 days ago

@dvtrv , it is acknowledged that there is a genetic link, but it just means that there is a slightly higher propensity to contract MS than the rest of the population.

It is just one piece of a complicated jigsaw. It’s the other pieces that are requires and how they fit together.

It’s genetics, environmental, viral and goodness knows what else………….


dvtrv
6 days ago

My you are a well informed.

Great, full, comprehensive response stumbler.

Thank you


vixen
6 days ago

Hello @dvtrv. My theory is this; that there is a genetic predisposition to autoimmunity which, in combination with the factors @stumbler says, have led to MS being diagnosed. There is most definitely something in it. 10 years ago, I had another autoimmune disease, sarcoidosis, out of the blue. My only daughter has an autoimmune blood condition called ITP. It is quite severe in her case and she will need medication permanently to dampen down her immune system. One of us were brought up in a polluted city environment, we have all led relatively healthy lives. Obsesity is not a feature in our family, there is no diabetes or heart disease. So really, it’s anyone’s guess how our conditions have arisen. That said, our conditions are all manageable and don’t necessarily affect life expectancy, so it’s not all bad. Weird though, huh? 🙂 Thanks for reading my haiku, btw!


embroideress
6 days ago

@vixen unwanted lodger, yes! Lovely haiku!

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