Posts Tagged ‘diagnosed’

Finding Humour In MS: Reflections On “Carry A Big Stick” by Tim Ferguson

Written by on March 4th, 2014 – 2 Comments

For anybody outside of Australia (including myself), you’ve probably never heard of Tim Ferguson. According to his website, “Tim Ferguson is a widely acclaimed comedian, writer and producer. He’s toured the world performing stand-up and musical comedy, co-writing dozens of live stage comedy shows and light entertainment programmes.”

Most famous for his involvement with the Australian comedy super-troupe, the Doug Anthony All Stars, that went on to experience superstardom in the sketch and musical comedy world. Be forewarned, the songs the Doug Anthony All Stars are famous for are not exactly appropriate for children or the lighthearted.

So why am I writing about this Australian comedy legend? Because recently I read his memoir “Carry A Big Stick – Laughter & MS” and it’s truly opened my eyes.

Truth be told, I didn’t understand half of it, because I’m not Australian so references to Australian geography, stars and pop culture was lost on me. Nonetheless, it was very cool to learn about his journey from a busker on the streets to fame.

However the most interesting part of his book, for me, is where he talks openly and frankly about living with multiple sclerosis.

Tim chronicles his journey from the beginnings where he started to experience symptoms such as numbness, loss of balance, chronic fatigue, etc that he chalked up to overworking himself. “I could barely stand straight. I couldn’t feel the hands I was shaking.”

He takes us through his diagnosis. “It was as if everything had slowed, as though I was watching someone else’s car crash.”

Ferguson walks us through his decision-making process to hide it from certain people, and to come out with to others. My favourite part is where he goes on a long explanation of what multiple sclerosis is complete with comparisons to “a bonkbuddy who gets emotional” and “a Swedish backpacker.”


I Forget…

Written by on January 10th, 2012 – 1 Comment

Not to brag, but I have a good memory.  Not necessarily for practical, every day things (where are my keys??), but for names and faces; for places and directions; for stories, movies and trivia; for events; for information about people, I really do have a very good memory.

If I had been given a choice between physical or cognitive problems when I was first diagnosed, I would have chosen the cognitive ones hands down. I was all about hiding my MS and to me, cognitive problems would be easier to hide. I figured that I would just use my cell phone more to keep track of things and that would be that. (more…)

How it All Began

Written by on November 24th, 2011 – 1 Comment

Though I have written several blog articles and it is known that MS is an adversary of mine, how it all began still remains a mystery. Today I will shed light on this mystery. As I often reference comic book heroes, I will unmask my secret for you.

It started when I was 19 and it started out simple enough. It was a numb patch on my upper left thigh. Then the unyielding pain in my feet started, the numbness progressed all the way down my left leg. (more…)

Life is what happens

Written by on November 22nd, 2011 –

“Life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans.” -John Lennon

In 1977, at the age of 19 Canadian hero, Terry Fox was diagnosed with a malignant tumour that resulted in an above the knee amputation of his right leg. As we Canadians all know, that experience fuelled his desire to help others battling the disease. By finding the courage to live his dream, he inspired a nation to lace up their running shoes and fight back against a cancer. While cancer ultimately took his life, he never allowed it to steal his spirit. Cancer was not Terry’s plan A, but his Plan B became a spectacular legacy, that has grown and thrived over the last 30 years, helping millions affected by the disease. (more…)