It started with vitamin D.
Little did I know I was starting a habit.
I had my first sclerosis attack in 2006 and learned about it by having an appalling fall on a tennis court. That’s another story. I haven’t written about that yet, but I’m sure I will. This story is about getting MS just as social media was erupting.
Twitter launched in 2006. A year later, the first iPhone hit the shelves.
I didn’t get an iPhone that early, nor, indeed, was I fully diagnosed with MS until 2009. But the two events did somehow coalesce.
I have spent my life in the arts, but have always been a science nerd. Spurred on as an early adopter of “Doctor Who” (watching the first-ever episode broadcast in 1963 when I was 6! Precocious? Moi!) and “Star Trek” (first time out, no reruns to get addicted). I didn’t have the capacity in math to do physics, yet I spent many happy hours as a teenager in the school library reading high-end articles about it in Scientific American.
So now I had MS, and the world of gaining knowledge had shrunk to a handheld “Star Trek”-style device! And it was no longer just the ease of searching out knowledge via the old-school internet, rather Twitter, Facebook, etc., sent me information, too. Somewhere along the line, I stumbled onto the site you’re reading, Multiple Sclerosis News Today, and it became part of my educative landscape.
Supplements may not be doing me any good, but hopefully I’ve done enough research to ensure they’re not doing me any harm. I source anything that has a hint of helping MS. The list has expanded from vitamin D3 to the latest, taurine. Here is my regime — which is as close to the language of Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop as I ever want to get:
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