Who Are the People
Who are the people with Multiple Sclerosis?
We are your parents, your children, your brothers and sisters; we are the person down the street; we are that lady or fellow who may walk a little "funny" at the grocery store. We are the people that you "tsk, tsk" over because we might look "too good" to use a handicapped parking space. We are the folks who may not be able to get out to the Church or Temple every weekend; we are your peers; we are human beings.
We are the face of Multiple Sclerosis. A face that is nearly every ethnicity; that comes from nearly every country, that does not discriminate by social standing or class or financial or educational background or language or religion. We are both able to walk unassisted and use canes and walkers and wheelchair users; we jog and swim and partake in sports; we are housebound, we use scooters; we need respirators. We are everything in between. We are visually impaired and we are not. We are at every level of physical ability.
Of course, we "look so good" while we're doing it. We hear that phrase every day of our lives. Sometimes that phrase is meant as a compliment and sometimes it is meant to hurt or meant to shame us into doing something of which we may not be currently capable. We may be able to do that something tomorrow, though, or next week; Multiple Sclerosis is like that. We are like that.
Some of us are hearing impaired; yet all of us occasionally have people talk louder to us. "HOW ARe YOU D-O-I-N-G????" they'll scream, speaking to us as though we were either hearing or intellectually impaired. "YOU LOOK SO G-O-O-D!!!!"
Of course we do. Thank you very much. We are, in fact, the very best looking people in the handicapped community. We have secret beauty pageants every year, to decide which of our number is the absolute best-looking. Billy Crystal emcees, as his character Fernando; "...and you look MAHVeLOUS my dear; absolutely M-A-H-V-e-L-O-U-S..."
We are brave. We are fragile. We want to live, and we want to end it all. We look for support and we want to stand alone. We are everyperson. We are the People with Multiple Sclerosis. We are People, Just Like You....
Copyright Virginia Sanchez.
Multiple Sclerosis Pages On My Site
Multiple Sclerosis Links and Resources: A boatload of links. Wazillions of links. And a few more. But . . . Even though there are many links here, these are not all the links. Be sure to check the other sections for the specialty links. ««»»
General Medical Sites and Other Resources: Not specifically related to Multiple Sclerosis, but offering general medical information. Many feature search engines to locate Multiple Sclerosis information or Multiple Sclerosis sections within their site. ««»»
Guest Article: Social Security and Multiple Sclerosis (MS) - Applying for Social Security Disability with Multiple Sclerosis: A guest article by John Dowling, the Senior editor of Social Security Disability Help. ««»»
Guest Article: Stem Cells Showing Great Promise in Remyelinization: A guest article by Daryl Clayton Kennedy. ««»»
A Measure of Time - My Life With MS: This book by Lauren Singer is available directly from the author. This page on my site provides a tiny amount of publicity for this book. By the way, her dog is named Fred Huggins. ««»»
As for Tomorrow I Cannot Say: 33 Years with Multiple Sclerosis: I review this book by Diana Neutze. ««»»
Life on Cripple Creek - essays on Living with Multiple Sclerosis: I review this book by Dean Kramer. ««»»
My Story: A Photographic essay on Life with Multiple Sclerosis: I review this book by Amelia Davis. ««»»
When the Road Turns - Inspirational Stories About People with MS: I review this book by Margot Russell. ««»»
This topic is just a part of my overall website. After you check out this topic, you might like to explore the rest of my site and get to know me better. I recommend that you start with my "Home" Page, then go to the "Front Door", then to "Stuff About Me" and finally, just explore the site. The buttons on the left will take you there.
Many webmasters only want people to link to the "primary" page of a website. I have a different view.
Because of the importance of Multiple Sclerosis to me I actually encourage other Multiple Sclerosis sites to link directly to my Multiple Sclerosis pages. Click here to find out my special requests for linking to my Multiple Sclerosis pages.
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