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Summertime, Multiple Sclerosis And Learning Our Lingo

It’s finally here – summer!  Barbecues, beaches, the sound  of crickets and well-deserved vacations. Time to relax and lounge by the pool.


Summertime and the heat is rising

But not everyone welcomes summer.  For people with Multiple Sclerosis, the heat and humidity can be our enemy.  Yet carefully managed, we can spend time outdoors armed with cool packs, cold drinks, big hats and large umbrellas.

More than 2.1 millions people worldwide have been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, a chronic, unpredictable disease of the central nervous system that incorrectly attacks a person’s healthy tissue.

There are a myriad of symptoms ranging from blurred vision, loss of balance, poor coordination, slurred speech, tremors, numbness, extreme fatigue, problems with memory and concentration, paralysis, and blindness and more. These problems may be permanent or may come and go.

We spend a good deal of time explaining our symptoms to people who are unfamiliar with MS, and don’t understand the physical and emotional issues we live with everyday.

Healthline has created a “heart” filled with “MS lingo” filled with the myriad of symptoms that is Multiple Sclerosis.  Take a look and educate yourself. Those of us with MS truly thank you.

MS Lingo

MS Lingo: A whole new vocabulary of MS words

For more information go to: Healthline: MS Lingo and The Words You Should Know

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10 thoughts on “Summertime, Multiple Sclerosis And Learning Our Lingo

  1. Lisa Froman

    Lovely. Thanks for sharing this Cathy. Years ago I dated a man with MS. I didn’t know much about MS at the time, but learned a lot. He did experience many of the symptoms you mentioned. I know it was a struggle for him, but we did our best to just enjoy each other and life!
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    1. Cathy Chester Post author

      That is SO you, Lisa. You have such GRACE (YES, GRACE) and dignity. That comes through in everything you do. It came through in the way you handled that relationship as you dated a man with a disease. Bless you.

      Thank you for leaving your lovely comments~

    1. Cathy Chester Post author

      You are most welcome, Bill. That is my mission now that I’m over 50. I choose to pay it forward through my writing and advocacy wor. Knowledge IS power, so awareness is key.

      Thank you so much for leaving your lovely comment.


    1. Cathy Chester Post author

      I appreciate your comments, Sharon. It means a great deal to hear from readers like you about gaining a better understanding about MS.

      Best to you, and thanks for stopping by~

    1. Post author

      Yes, air conditioning and ice packs are priceless in the summertime, Thaddius!

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