Girl on the Swing

In the sleepy noon sun, I am a little girl about to ride a swing. I tuck some stray carroty hairs, shaking with sunlight and diesel fumes, behind my ear. I wear only one boot, but I will use it skilfully as an instrument to control my speed. …

After 22 years of multiple sclerosis, these simple things have completely stopped any flare ups.

1. I stopped drinking cow’s milk

To be honest, I didn’t think it would make much difference.

Drinking only two coffees each morning, and sometimes in a bowl of cereal at night, why would it matter?

Anyway, I took the OMS advice and switched from cow to soy.

The difference has been huge! …

They say when you have multiple sclerosis you can’t go running. .

forest in the sunrise

Each morning, a bit after sunrise, I take a jog through the bush near my house. It’s beautiful. The light fans out through the trees. Tendrils of mist hang in the air because we are at an altitude and it’s winter.

Jogging is an unremarkable practice that I suppose a…

As impressive as it looks on the outside is equal to how uncomfortable it is on the inside

feet stick out of MRI machine

When you book an MRI appointment, you are asked a lot of questions. Many of them start with the words “Do you have…”

“Do you have a pacemaker?”

No.

“Do you have any shrapnel in your body?”

No.

“Do you have any bullet wounds?”

So far, so good.

“Do you…

I moved from ‘How much can I earn?’ to ‘How little do I need?’

Like many couples, my partner and I like to think of our life together as a magic carpet ride. We float just above the earth and watch and experience a panoply of unfurling places, people, and adventures.

The Magic Carpet

That’s not to say we passively waft with the breeze and end up…

Selfie of me. I’ve had MS since 1998.

My name is Danielle. I’m 44 years old. I have had multiple sclerosis (MS) since 1998.

MS is an autoimmune disease. The name is a description of the symptoms: ‘hardening of the tissue’ or multiple scars. The causes are not yet understood and there is no known cure.

When an…

Clad in a tablecloth and fitted with a face cage and helicopter headphones, I am strapped to some vinyl upholstery and remotely rolled into the tube.

The Magnetic Resonance Imaging machine (MRI) is a two-million-dollar deep scanner that has the look and presence of a unit more at home in…

Sassica Thorn

Freelance writer. Composer of short fiction. Novelist.

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