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29 Things Only Someone with Multiple Sclerosis Would Understand

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.”

MS hug


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

foot drop


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

swank diet


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

Crowds and loud noise make you want to flee


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

MS makes you a logistics specialist


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

Rotating injection sites


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

MS ads


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

the basket under a rollator collects junk


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

Body spasm when given a shot


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

Taking a shower can be more tiring


11. You wish everyone wore a nametag.

nametag


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

MS med’s flu-like side effects


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

You forget where you put your keys and where you parked the car


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.

touching your nose


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

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retail squeeze


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

Cutting one’s toenails is no easy task


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

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


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

scooter


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

Difficult finding disabled parking


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

hide and seek


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

Orange is MS awareness


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

bathroom urges increase near restroom


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

nine-hole peg test


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

beware of sun exposure


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

MRI melody pings and bangs


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

slow


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

cane


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

RRMS SPMS CPMS


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

confused

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