When MS Gets Heavy

urgent advice for managing depression  //  the trauma of losing friends  //

why getting sick with MS is a crusher  //  don't underestimate the power of this disease  //

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FEATURE

Breaking Down MS Depression

Depression is frightfully common in multiple sclerosis, so much so that about half of those with the disease will have at least one major episode. As psychologist Cathleen Julian explains, MS depression is a different animal. But there is sun behind those clouds.

8 min read

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When a Friend with MS Dies

After 30 years of living with multiple sclerosis, my friend Michael McDaniel passed away at the age of 55. News of anyone being taken with the disease many of us share, especially at such a young age, is
disturbing, uncomfortable, frightening. Don’t let it be.

7 min read

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BLOG

Don't Underestimate MS

This post isn't for newbies. Or for those who don’t want to be reminded about what multiple sclerosis can do to our bodies. Or for those who want a typical Dave happy-go-lucky essay that will make you smile and escape and maybe make you laugh out loud. No, it’s not that. Sorry.

5 min read

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Depression, Suicide, and MS

The year I was diagnosed with MS was immensely challenging mentally. Everything was a blur and I struggled to hold it together. Enter Brandon Crotty. More than anyone else, he helped right my mental ship in 2006. But, unknowingly, I couldn't right his. A frank discussion about depression and suicide. 

5 min read

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LETTER

Taking a (Small) Step Back

The heaviness of MS can weigh on even the most optimistic. When I paused ActiveMSers in 2018 for a little R&R and brain vacuuming—I discussed my reasoning here in this personal e-mail to members. A refresh can make a world of difference.

7 min read

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DON'T MISS

  • Unlock that toolbox of yours to cope when you-know-what hits the fan [FEATURE]

  • Don't handle getting sick like I did (piss-poorly) [BLOG]

DIG DEEPER

  • What to say when a best friends commits suicide [BLOG]

  • A tearful goodbye to a dear friend killed in a car accident [BLOG]

  • Remembering a neighbor lost on 9/11 in a sobering twist of fate [BLOG]