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As a writer, I’m hyperaware of language. Word choices, especially. So, when I was diagnosed with MS, I remember reacting strongly to some words that I’d previously reacted to only with indifference.
For example, the word “progression.”
In my life “BD” (before diagnosis), progression described movement in music, advancement in knowledge or skills, or a sequence of events (such as a progressive dinner).
Back then, these were generally positive, even hopeful concepts.
In life “PD” (post-diagnosis), the word progression means something quite different in the medical wilderness that surrounds a new MS diagnosis.
Progression in MS: Some definitions
To fully understand what progression means for a person with MS, it’s probably best to start with a review of the different kinds of MS.
Why? Because some forms of MS are progressive, while others aren’t.
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