My name is Andrew. In 2007, I was diagnosed with relapsing-remitting Multiple Sclerosis. It has become apparent in this modern world we live in that anybody can have a blog (hear that fellow bloggers? We all get to feel self-important!), so after much cajoling and repeated suggestion from just about everyone I know, I’m finally going to put something together and share my diatribes with the world. You asked for it. I was bored. I did it. Perhaps I will even continue adding to it. I make no promises.
Anyone who doesn’t know me should know this – I love to write (I honestly think it’s because I repeat everything I write back to myself in my head and I just absolutely adore the sound of my own voice). So welcome to my self-fellating little corner of the Internet – I hope you enjoy your stay and I welcome feedback of all kinds. Though I have a hard time believing it, I’ve been told that “not everyone agrees” with me.
What is written above is what was originally posted in the “About Me” section of my blog. I began to notice that it was being visited rather often, and figured it was high time to update it.
My name is still Andrew. I still retain the sarcastic sense of humor you’ll find in my words above. The diagnosis of MS from 2007 still stands, though I feel at this point that my disease has advanced from a relapsing-remitting to a more progressive stage (SPMS, or Secondary Progressive MS). I remember the day very clearly when the neurologist I saw at the Foothills Hospital in Calgary told me it “looks like MS” upon reviewing my first MRI. 15 months later, I became confined to my wheelchair full time. Now, in 2011, bordering on 2012, I can no longer even stand unsupported. For some reason, however, I refuse to allow my disease to take charge of my life. It’s done a number on me, of that I can assure you – its physical ramifications cut just as deep as the psychological. But I would never dream of allowing it to win.
This blog was started at the request of many around me. It has grown and developed into an inspirational blog for a lot of my fellow MS sufferers, as well as many who are unfettered by disease; it seems to serve as a reminder of just how simple life is for some, and how inexorably complicated it can be for others. Perspectives, points of view, and how all things are relative is what I only hope people take away from all this writing.
The Catalyst for its beginnings turned out to be from just one very special person. JT. You know who you are.