Why is the trending #stopdropselfie so important?

There is a new social media storm ravaging my Twitter and Facebook feeds called #stopdropselfie where I am forced to see pictures of everyone I know or vaguely know on the internet acting natural in front of a mirror or while reading a book. Usually I ignore these pictures and go about my day as if I didn't just see them, as everyone does, but this time I can't help but get a little sad while scrolling through a sea of selfies. ...more

Jack Osbourne manages multiple sclerosis with ketogenic Paleo low carb diet used for weight loss

The Paleo topic is one of the most popular weight loss diets. But for some individuals, including Sharon Osbourne's son Jack, it's a way to battle debilitating diseases such as multiple sclerosis. Jack announced his decision to follow the Paleo diet when he visited Dr. Mehmet Oz's talk show recently. "Diet is a big thing," he said. "I juice a lot, I try and stick to a Paleo diet."...more

Please Join AskPatty in Support of the Multiple Sclerosis Society on World MS Day

To help celebrate World MS Day on Wednesday, May 28, 2014, we at AskPatty are partnering with the Multiple Sclerosis Society to raise awareness of the disease with our MOMS (Moms Opposing Multiple Sclerosis) social media campaign....more

I Thought My Mom Was Angry and Cold, But She Was Just Keeping Her Multiple Sclerosis Diagnosis a Secret

When I was a young child, I always thought my mom was angry most of her life because she didn't want us, wished she hadn't had kids, didn't like being a mom. Then, when she passed away five years ago, I had the chance to read some of her old journals (she made an entry every single day for most of her life) and began to understand that in actuality, she embraced motherhood and her kids with a huge amount of enthusiasm. In her early entries, she was giddily happy about having kids and a family, and wrote long entries about how wonderful it was to be a mother and how happy she was, being married with kids. ...more
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Sometimes, when that "other shoe" drops, it drops hard...

A picture is worth a thousand words, and sometimes, when you catch it, a look speaks volumes. Catch That Look: Living, Laughing & Loving Despite Triple-Negative Breast Cancer is the book I never thought I'd write, but I'm glad I did....more

Brain training for multiple sclerosis strengthens memory skills

A new study published in the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology gives significant hope to people with MS. The research shows that certain brain training provides "Class 1 evidence for the efficacy of cognitive rehabilitation in multiple sclerosis."Although previous tests have indicated the benefits of brain training for MS, this is the first randomized controlled trial that includes both investigator-administered and patient and family self-reported measures....more

The Physiological Changes of MS

Multiple sclerosis attacks the body’s central nervous system and can cause quite severe reactions and symptoms if not properly treated. Here are a few physiological changes of multiple sclerosis (MS) and the effect that they have on your body....more

MS Awareness Month: It's About Perception

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is not contagious and the exact cause has yet to be identified, so MS Awareness Month is not about prevention. For many people with MS, MS Awareness Month is all about perception.The individual symptoms of MS are many, and most are invisible to the casual observer. That can complicate matters at home, at work, and in social situations. It's what makes some people with MS feel so isolated and misunderstood....more

Yvonne deSousa.com

My weekly blog on Yvonne deSousa.com takes one aspect of my life living with multiple sclerosis and then pokes gentle fun at it.  I learned early on my journey that the best defense to keep from going insane, would be by using my sense of humor.  While in no way making fun of MS, I am able to help those living with chronic illness add a smile to their day....more