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  •  Thank you for a fascinating diary, Danish Brethen (3+ / 0-)
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    Like some others here, I've been dealing with brain issues caused by MS. Looking back, I'd had some symptoms (phantom smells, loss of feeling in my face for a few days, etc.) over 30 years before I got a final diagnosis from a neurologist looking at an MRI a few years ago.

    Coincidentally, my best friend is a neuropsychologist and he'd strongly suspected my final diagnosis when I had a period of double vision during a time when I'd decided to go back to graduate school to study linguistics and he'd given me a part-time job in his office. I was never happy arranging pre-authorizations from insurance companies and then wringing payments out of them (I have brain damage, but I'm not that crazy), so when I got a chance to work part-time teaching language on a hospital unit to kids with TBI, I jumped at the chance.

    Now, I have lots of word-finding difficulties myself and my attention span is ... what was I saying? Well, I've looked at this issue from all sides. Maybe that's helped. The only time I've cried about it was the day I got a stack of journals in the mail -- a paper I'd written had finally been published in a scholarly research journal and the publisher supplied author's copies  -- but I didn't recognize my own writing for a couple of minutes. Today, I couldn't tell you the title of the paper, but I remember the research and the results in detail. What's important to me is having a place like this where I can vent my political frustrations one day, and share personal stories with people who truly understand the next. Thanks again for being here and getting it started.

    Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from a religious conviction. -- Blaise Pascal

    by RJDixon74135 on Thu May 12, 2011 at 09:50:26 PM PDT

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