Life with MS
MS and me: 2011
MS n' ME 2011
I am a retired MD diagnosed first with MS in 2004. Without significant symptoms then, I continued working for another two and a half years, at which time I retired. Could I have kept going? Sure, but MS made me tired at night and I felt with years of good work done, it was time to go in another direction for a while.
Since then, I have volunteered (St. Vincent de Paul) and tutored. Teaching most subjects at a high school/college level is quite rewarding. It doesn't pay much but as Thomas More said to Thomas Cranmer when More got him a teaching post, 'you could be a good teacher, Thomas.' So I teach.
Significant physical activity isn't possible with me at this time. I used to run long distance, backpack, ski and all the activities which go with them. Have I quit? No, but I would be a fibber if I said nothing has changed.
I'm in the middle of writing a book on backpacking with MS and I'd like to use this blog to introduce a few ideas on this topic and others as well as to give a long-time-practicing MD's perspective on a disease which is scary to everyone, including most doctors, from the standpoint of being a patient.