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Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Veterans and Multiple Sclerosis - an MS Patient's story
At the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh year…” the simple elegance of the phrasing brings one back to the time when the end of a war was marked by an Armistice. Back to a time so naive as to name what we now know as a prequel “The war to end all wars”. But today, call it Veteran’s Day or Armistice Day or Remembrance Day, we stop to honor those who have served their countries in time of war and in time of peace.
Unfortunately, many of the ranks of our veterans are also members of our ranks; people living with multiple sclerosis.
I am a veteran living with MS. Though I exhibited symptoms of the disease during my service and within the few years directly after – symptoms that my MS team confirms were indeed symptoms of the disease – I was diagnosed too long after my service to avail myself of very good medical care at a VA MS Center of Excellence.
This Veteran’s Day is different for me than those in the past; far from the shores of lakes, seas and oceans I once sailed on US Coast Guard ships, I look at my time as a serviceman and of the battle with my disease differently. But I still remember those who have gone before us – in service and in MS.
If there is a way to make a connection between “environmental triggers” and military service, we’d all benefit from knowing.
Today, I wish everyone a moment to reflect, a moment of peace and of sorrow and a moment of hope. But remember: Hope without a plan is just a dream.