Sometimes I Sound Whiny…

I'm sick. I have MS (multiple sclerosis). Have had it for 22 years. First 15, symptoms came and went. Had months, many months in fact, when I was symptom-free and could work and play.... Last almost 7 years, the MS has progressed. Symptoms are persistent. Have had a new daily persistent headache for 6.5 years.…

MS Warrior talks to healthy people

MS Warrior talks to healthy people. He says some neutral things. He says some negative things. He says some nice things… Note: If you'd rather watch this as a video, go to paullima.com/ms and click on MS Warrior talks to healthy people. My name is Paul Lima and I have Multiple Sclerosis, or MS as…

Other than that, okay

It's a simple question. When asked, it's one that I have difficulty answering. Or should I say it is one that I have difficulty answering honestly. When somebody asks, "How are you?" I tell a white lie. I say, "Okay." I don't ever say "Fine" or "Good." Those would be damnable lies. But I never…

10 MS Warriors Speak…

MS Warriors Speak: Ten MS Warriors speak about their disease: how it manifests itself, what it means to them, and the impact it has on their relationships with others. In addition, MS is defined and there is information on the disease that messes with almost 3 million people world wide. Go to paullima.com/ms and click…

“Kitty” section from Chronic: A Sick Novel

Having grown up with cats, I am biased, but this short excerpt is one of my favorite sections from Chronic: A Sick Novel, a book about four folks with different maladies who live together. The character named Paul has MS, as do I. Deana has Parkinson’s. Bolton is in a wheelchair. Albert is in remission from…

Me and MY MS…

I was talking to a friend, an ex-friend as you shall soon see, about me and my MS. He said I shouldn't call it my MS. "If you do so, it will own you." He also said I shouldn't refer to it at all by name, and that I should meditate to get over it.…

Are MS Warriors Brave?

Recently, my sister and a dear friend both called me brave because of what I do, or try to do, even though I have multiple sclerosis (MS). Folks with MS call themselves MS Warriors. The "warriors" implies bravery. However, I do not feel brave. Typing this and other MS blog posts, writing two novels last…