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      John Connor

        Neurological reserve creates “detours” around lesion damage

        MS lesions can affect areas of the brain and keep them from functioning as they should. However, if there is sufficient neurological reserve, the brain can develop a “workaround” to bypass the damaged brain tissue and perform the tasks that part of the brain no longer can. In this way, neurological reserve can actually keep you from experiencing MS symptoms early on in the disease.

        This is from our MS news section and yes I’ve just lifted it!

        To help we’re supposed to maintain a healthy weight, exercise and quit smoking.

        Also to keep the mind active – it suggests ‘reading, writing, and playing board games can help’.

        But these are somewhat passive. I’ve spent a life in the arts – admittedly often in areas that weren’t considered ‘art’ when I started in them.

        I can’t paint, can’t sing, can act a bit but have absolutely no facility with accents. However I can string words together.

        Write a poem, short story or even a joke [my favorite] and bung them on here.

        Hey, if you can paint or can sketch a cartoon also v. cool.

        Our bodies may limit us but our imagination is not constrained.

        Any ideas gratefully received……………

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