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Email of the Day: I Use Humor to Help Me Live With MS

By Dr. Laura on October, 16 2023
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Living with multiple sclerosis is like having a membership to a roller coaster I never signed up for. It’s a wild ride, with unexpected twists and turns. When life throws you curveballs, you can either cry your eyes out or develop a killer sense of humor. I opted for the second, because laughter really is the best medicine, and I have a lot of β€œmedication” to take!


Here are just some of the ways I use humor to deal with my MS:


1. The Brain Fog Chronicles. People often talk about β€œwriter’s block,” but I have reader’s block which gives me the attention span of a goldfish. My excuse to anyone who catches me is to say I’m just practicing my multitasking skills, like reading and daydreaming simultaneously. 

2. Chair Dancing. Exercise is a crucial component of managing MS, and we all become experts in the art of chair-dancing, where we elegantly shimmy, twist, and shake our bodies while sitting on a firm cushion. I’m currently training for the global chair dancing championships.  Wish me luck! 

3. MScara Fashion. I’ve discovered a whole new makeup artistry I call β€œMS-cara.” It’s when your hand tremors make drawing even a straight line on your face seem like a Picasso masterpiece. Who needs on-point eyebrows when you can have an abstract interpretation of them every day?


Living with MS isn’t always a laughing matter, but finding humor in the absurdity of it all can be a game-changer.  When we see humor in our problems, stress often melts away. Laughter is a gift we can give to family, friends and ourselves, every day. 



Your MS Warrior,


I Use Humor to Help Me Live With MS


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