Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis

Patricia Lay-Dorsey

Patricia Lay-Dorsey, interviewed by Lauren Parrott, was diagnosed with primary progressive MS in 1988 when she was 45 years old. Patricia recognizes she’s living with the symptoms, and acknowledges others living with the symptoms but emphatically states MS doesn’t have her and it doesn’t have any of you. Patricia tells …

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Genuine and Intentional: A way to live

One challenge of life with Multiple Sclerosis is the unpredictability. Will tomorrow bring a new symptom or clear up an old one? Will MS fatigue come out of nowhere to spoil your plans? I try very hard to plan for and accommodate for all the ways that I know MS …

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Hiking with MS (and a trusty cooling vest)

I have always loved the wilderness. I have spent most of my life in the Pacific Northwest and summers meant camping with my family, inner-tubing on the rivers and hiking in the mountains. As I grew older, hiking remained one of the few physical activities that I continued to enjoy …

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Chronic Illness Does Not Equal Unhappiness

Most healthy people assume that living with a chronic illness or disability would make life miserable. Surely one can’t be as happy when dealing with a serious health condition. After all, one of the key factors to happiness is having one’s health. Isn’t it? In fact, previous research shows that …

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Celebrating Multiple Sclerosis

July is a very significant month for me. July marks my 7th MS anniversary and my 5th Tysabri anniversary.  The days surely do fly by. I can’t believe it has been 7 years since my diagnosis. It feels like just yesterday I was in the hospital not knowing I was …

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