You take your multiple sclerosis (MS) seriously, but sometimes you just have to laugh about it, right? Read on for a look at 29 things only someone with MS would understand.

1. Despite its name, you know that there is nothing romantic about the “MS hug.”

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2. Having “foot-drop” and walking through a dog park can be a messy combination.

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3. You know the “Swank diet” doesn’t describe the food on a country club menu.

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4. Crowds and loud noise make you want to flee.

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5. MS makes you a logistics specialist: You immediately scout out the accessibility, parking, and potty situation of every new location.

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6. Rotating injection sites on your body is more important to you than rotating the tires on your car.

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7. Who the heck rock climbs and windsurfs like the people in MS ads?

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8. You know why the basket under a rollator collects as much junk as a purse.

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9. Your body decides to spasm the moment the needle pierces your skin.

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10. Taking a shower can be more tiring than it was getting dirty.

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11. You wish everyone wore a nametag.

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12. You know the difference between an MS med’s flu-like side effects and the flu.

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13. You don’t just forget where you put your keys, but also where you parked the car.

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14. You hope the test of touching your nose and the doctor’s finger has some medical relevance, and isn’t just a practical joke.

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15. The “retail squeeze”:  as your gait gets wider, the stores’ aisles appear to get narrower.

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16. Cutting one’s toenails is no easy task.

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17. The chefs on television should try preparing a meal from a seated position.

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18. This scooter is my lifeline, not your ATV plaything—so get off!

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19. It’s easier to get a disabled parking placard than it is to find an empty disabled parking space.

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20. During a game of hide and seek, you’re always the easiest to find.

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21. When you see someone wearing orange, you immediately think “MS awareness,” not “crossing guard.”

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22. The closer you are to the bathroom, the worse your urge is to go.

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23. You know that the nine-hole peg test is not something they sell in the gift shop at Cracker Barrel.

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24. “Fun in the sun” isn’t in your vocabulary.

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25. You’ve had so many MRIs, you can hum the melody of the pings and bangs.

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26. You know you could never have a successful career as a robber, due to terribly slow getaways.

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27. When people stare at your cane, you tell them you came straight from tap class.

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28. “RRMS”, “SPMS”, and “CPMS” aren’t the sounds Grandpa makes sleeping in his chair.

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29. When someone tells you, “You look so good,” you wonder if they’re referring to you or that pan of lasagna.

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