November 11th, 2007


My MS diagnosis

I have just posted this as a comment in an LJFriend's journal. She has recently been diagnosed with MS:

My diagnosis was both depressing (I have a BSc Biochemistry and so knew exactly what it might mean and how it worked) and a HUGE RELIEF (I had had symptoms from age 9 and was diagnosed at age 31 after hundreds of "it is all in your mind" and misdiagnoses (with their mis-prescribed meds) over those years)! Luckily mine is what they call 'benign relapsing remitting'. Benign, not as in 'non-cancerous' but as in 'very slow progressing' and relapsing remitting as in 'some days are good, some are much worse and relapses might take 6 months'.

It explained the 'mono/glandular fever' episode when I was 18 and trying to do my exams but where the mono blood test was negative. It explained the many relapses of 'mono' throughout university (3 year BSc and 1 year MSc) and my working life. It explained the two six-month absences from work due to 'M.E./C.F.S.' and the 'Meniéres Disease' constant dizziness and vertigo that did not respond to the meds (well, we thought that it explained that - this turned out to be vestibular migraines and was cured by taking Propranolol!).

Copy/pasted here for my records and because I need a copy of this to refer back to so that I don't have to type it all out again - I have had to explain it so often! ;-p

[nablopomo] NaNoWriMo anyone?

Hubby linked me to a blog by a guy that writes tech books and takes part in a podcast that hubby listens to:
His blog url.

More of interest to those of you doing NaNoWriMo and those of us doing NaBloPoMo, however, are the following entries on that blog:
His blog posts about what he calls "national terrible unfinished novel writing month".

Am now officially suffering from writer’s block. But is it preventing me from actually writing my National Terrible Unfinished Novel-Writing Month novel, or is it only preventing me from pretending to write my National Terrible Unfinished Novel-Writing Month novel in coffeeshops?


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