Regulars around here will know that I don't have a great deal of time or patience for pity parties. They might also remember that I get frustrated and amused by much of the writing about MS that I find on the internet. There's a lot of good information out there, and a lot of good writers too.....but when it comes to MS bloggers, it sometimes seems that everybody wants to wallow in what they can't do rather than to think positively about what they can.
A particular bugbear is the "post of the week" that is chosen by ShiftMS. They're a good charity, and usually very upbeat and positive because they're focusing on young people and want to keep thingks light and airy....but the person doing the choosing clearly didn't get the memo and seems incapable of picking a piece of writing that is remotely positive on the subject of MS.
This week's post is an absolute doozy. It's on chronic pain, but just take a look at those pictures. Here's two of them, but the rest are pretty much as good too.
Amazing, right? Wow. I'm imagining that man in a jar is voiced by Rob Brydon's small man in a box, and if you do read the post, be sure to imagine the author using the same tone of voice as Antony and the Jonson's in "Hope There's Someone". I know I do.
Look, I get it. MS is a crappy condition that can take away so much and dealing with chronic pain or any of the other myriad of possible symptoms is certainly no fun.....But as Tyrion Lannister said in this week's Game of Thrones,"There’s always been more than enough death in the world for my taste. I can do without it in my leisure time".
(Besides, as Steve - we're now LinkedIn connected and everything - said when he pointed me in the direction of this week's highlighted blog: TL;DR)
New image added as it's Steve's favourite: "sad-faced woman in wheelchair being pointed at by disdainful able-bodied normals"
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