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Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease of the central nervous system that affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide. The symptoms vary widely in severity, but can be debilitating and very painful.
For people living with MS, online communities can be a source of support during dark days. We’ve combed the internet to find the best MS blogs of the year.
Barts MS Blog
Science is constantly evolving, as is the literature surrounding MS. The Barts MS Blog chronicles these latest developments through the lens of the Barts and London Neuroimmunology Groups. These bloggers are doctors and researchers, so you can count on learning a lot when you visit. Some posts break down recent research, while others feature informative videos, like one showing the dissection of a real human brain!
Carnival of MS Bloggers
Lisa Emrich started her blog in 2007 in an effort to connect with other MS bloggers from all over the world. This is a newsfeed of sorts, where you can stay up-to-date on the world of MS blogging by finding out about new MS content from across the web as it’s posted. If you know exactly what kind of post you want to read, this is a great resource.
Dan and Jennifer Digmann
When you have MS, having a supportive partner at your side can make all the difference. It was MS that brought Dan and Jennifer together, at a National MS Society program years ago. Today, they’re married. On their blog, you’ll find a unique joint perspective on what it’s like to be living with MS — whether it’s as a patient, or a supportive partner.
Connect on Twitter: @DanJenDig
Dave’s ActiveMSers Blog
Dave Bexfield was diagnosed with MS in 2006. His blog is his story, sprinkled with humor and wit. He writes about how he’s found ways to keep enjoying his favorite activities, like biking, and about how you shouldn’t let stubbornness or denial get in the way of making use of the latest tools, like driving aids. Honest but joyful, this is a great blog to read when you’re feeling down.
Connect on Twitter: @ActiveMSer
An Empowered Spirit
Cathy Chester has been living with MS since 1987. While the condition is a part of her life, it isn’t the “sum total” of who she is. As such, you won’t only find MS content on her blog. She also writes about travel, her heroes, books, film, and animal rights. We like her inspirational and reflective posts best, as they’re empowering no matter who you are and whether or not you’re living with MS.
Connect on Twitter: @CathyChes
Everyone Here Is Jim Dandy
R.W. Boughton lives in Bali, and that alone makes his blog worth reading. But living in paradise isn’t easy when you have MS. Many of his posts are about dealing with the side effects of MS, like restless leg syndrome, but many more are about his life in Indonesia, along with book reviews, his thoughts on religion and major events, and more.
Girl with MS
Caroline Craven is a Girl with MS. She was diagnosed in 2001, after falling down on vacation, and has been blogging since 2004. Her posts aren’t just about living with MS, but living, period. She shares lots of delicious recipes, many of which are good for people with inflammatory conditions, and offers tips and advice, like the importance of always having a plan B. Because she’s a certified life coach, you’ll find that most of her posts are laced with motivation and inspiration.
Connect on Twitter: @TheGirlWithMS
On her blog, former educator Muff openly discusses her daily triumphs, like baking her ninth variety of biscotti, and the challenges of MS, like how getting to a doctor’s appointment can take up to almost a whole day. Now, sadly, Muff is fighting a new battle. In February 2016, she shared the fact that she has now also been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. Regardless of how frequent her updates will be in the coming months and years, it will forever be a source of inspiration for others with MS.
The Lesion Journals
Christie is a photographer and avid cyclist living with MS. On her blog, she writes about all the best events, campaigns, and organizations working to spread awareness about MS and further research endeavors. She also offers practical advice and information on nutrition, such as whether or not MS weakness is associated with low levels of vitamin D, talks about her own coping mechanisms and interests, and posts spectacular photography.
Connect on Twitter: @lesionjournals
Life with Multiple Sclerosis
Trevis Gleason is an award-winning chef and journalist, so it should come as no surprise that many of his posts about living with MS are peppered with a food reference or two. Some posts discuss the latest research, while in others Gleason writes about how having MS is a little bit like being Harry Potter.
Connect on Twitter: @TrevisGleason
MS Australia is a nonprofit organization down under, and on their blog you’ll find the latest in MS news (both local and international) and developments in research and policy. Read about inspiring figures in the MS community, and find out more about what the latest study results mean.
Connect on Twitter: @MS_Australia
MS Connection Blog
The National MS Society’s MS Connection is a community portal, designed to connect thousands of people living with the condition. Their remarkable blog is written by a wide variety of people whose lives have been touched by MS, offering compelling stories about how people cope with symptoms, new challenges, and even guilt that’s associated with MS.
Connect on Twitter: @mssociety
This is the official blog of the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America, a nonprofit committed to supporting people with MS and the family and friends who love them. The blog is an engaging collection of personal accounts, with writers sharing how they’ve learned to manage their symptoms, shedding light on the “hidden” side effects of MS, or just writing openly about how MS has affected them emotionally.
Connect on Twitter: @MSassociation
MS Trust Views and Comment
Multiple Sclerosis Trust is a UK nonprofit that works to improve services and care for people living with MS. They do this by influencing policy, supporting game changers, and prompting discussion about what agencies and average people can and should be doing to support MS research and care. What we like best about their blog are their “MS in the Media” posts, where you can find links to the latest MS coverage across the internet.
Connect on Twitter: @MSTrust
My New Normals
Writer and activist Nicole Lemelle has been living with MS since 2000, when she first began noticing symptoms. Her website, My New Normals, was designed to serve as a source of information as well as empowerment for others living with the disease. On her blog, she writes openly and honestly about her daily experiences, like the fear and pain she feels when she visits her neurologist, or how she chooses to look at life in the face of a debilitating condition.
Connect on Twitter: @nclark140
Living with a chronic disease can be exhausting. And at Pajama Daze, acknowledging that is kind of the point. Blogger CB lives with chronic fatigue and several other health issues, but as a holistic health educator, she’s turned living in pajamas into a full-time job. On her blog, she uses her own experiences as a launching pad to offer readers advice and support, shares helpful videos about how to cope with everyday challenges when you have MS, and features guest posts from other people with the condition.
Connect on Twitter: @PajamaDaze
A Short in the Cord
Joan Wheeler was diagnosed with MS in 1986, and the disease and fatigue that came along with it forced her to retire from her career in 2007. Over the years, her blog has become less active for the same reasons. Still, we look to A Short in the Cord to find inspiration and hope. You’ll find book reviews, photography, and her story in eBook format.
Diane Standiford lives in Seattle and has been blogging since 2007. Her posts are honest portrayals about living with MS — sometimes brutally so — but her positive spirit will keep you coming back for more. “We will soon know more about Pluto than we know about MS,” she admits, before adding: “What I can conquer is me and how I live with MS.”
Stuff Could Always Be Worse
Kim has been living with MS for over 35 years. On her blog, you can read about her life, faith, family, and beloved dog. Sharing positivity in the face of adversity, her posts are reminders that there is always a reason to be thankful, especially when you’re surrounded by family.
Connect on Twitter: @Stuffcldbeworse
Ugly Like Me…
Jamie Tripp began Ugly Like Me… to blog about her life with MS. But like so many things in life, the blog has evolved. Along with how MS has affected her lifestyle (and how her lifestyle has affected her MS), Jamie also shares poetry and music videos. We love the variety, and Tripp’s no-holds-barred writing style.
Connect on Twitter: @velocitygrl34
For many people with MS, a wheelchair is a necessary evil. For The Wheelchair Kamikaze, it’s an opportunity to take life at full speed. Marc, a former video producer, was diagnosed with MS in 2003, and now depends on a wheelchair to get around. Occasionally, he’ll turn on a camera and chronicle his journeys at top speed around New York City. His posts range from the highly personal to updates on new MS research.
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