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Category Archives: Life in Spain

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Meeting with neurologist in Spain, after MS Nurse blocked me in UK

People with serious illnesses need specialist medical care. That may be stating the obvious but my experience leads me to believe that it is not always true.
I received my diagnosis of having multiple sclerosis in 2002 in the UK and […]

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Determined to continue MS fight in retirement

Today, November 8 2017, I celebrate my 65th birthday, and have reached my retirement age. That is the age at which I can claim the national pension.
For many years the retirement age in the UK has been 65 for men […]

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Health: Debate over best system will continue

There is no doubt that I prefer social healthcare. That means I support healthcare funded by countries, such as the UK and Spain, rather than needing to buy private health insurance, as in the US.
Now, that is not to say […]

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Sensitivity to heat not affected by summer sunshine

As summer continues with temperatures in the 30°s C (high 80°s), the hottest days now seem to be behind us here in the south of Spain. The temperatures peaked at over 100°, so the high 80°s is quite pleasant.
What’s more, […]

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Even a little independence is a great feeling

If you have mobility problems, getting out and about is extremely difficult. And doing so without the constant presence of a helper, assistant, or caregiver is something that is next to impossible.
As multiple sclerosis affects my left side, I cannot […]

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Wife who is carer is really a wonderful, loving, angel

It’s been an eventful few days for the two of us at home here in Spain.
On Saturday, nine days ago, my beloved Lisa asked me to help put the washing out to dry. It’s an easy job that I can […]

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MS is No Excuse for Being Discourteous When Offered Help

It was a trip, plain and simple, neither my leg giving way nor a fall. It was MS-related because it was directly caused by foot drop; the toe of my left shoe caught on the tiniest ridge at the bottom […]

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Looking back to move forward into 2017

It’s New Year’s Eve and so tonight we bid farewell to 2016 and prepare to welcome the infant 2017.
At this time every year, we hear some people say that they are glad to see the back of an unhappy time […]

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Reasons to be Cheerful at Thanksgiving

While citizens of the United States celebrate thanksgiving this Thursday, the festivities are all but unknown in the rest of the world.
As my wife Lisa is American, it should be no surprise to anyone that my thoughts at this time […]

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One year on: Living with MS in sunny Spain

It was this Sunday a year ago that Lisa and I arrived in Spain to start our new life in the sunshine, just 15 minutes from the Mediterranean.
Yes, although even the two of us find it hard to believe, we […]

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