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Confession: My full name is Judith Gail Kipp Norris aka Gail, Judigail, JayGeeNo, JG, can’t think of any more just now. Later maybe!?

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We became members of South Bay Church when we lived in Riverview, Florida. I served in the Children’s Ministry, my husband helped the Counting Team.

South Bay Church Online Newsletter

January 2020 – April 2021

Gail Norris is a fantastic writer. She has served as a newsletter writer for our church and really did a great job of making it engaging and interesting to read. She has the ability to think things through with much detail. Her writings really make you feel like you are there in the scene with her great imagery abilities. I feel like she has the gift of being a good reporter as she does very well with interviewing people, and makes those interviews come to life. She is very timely in getting her edits to you, and always looking ahead for the next one.

                                                                                                -Pastor Kevin Riggs


An article I wrote for Accelerated Cure Project (ACP) March 2020 On-line Newsletter

Twenty Things To Remember If You Love Someone With Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

 Jan Weaver jweaver@acceleratedcure.org
Cc Sara Loud sloud@acceleratedcure.org

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Good morning, Judith

I’ve attached ACP’s reference for your freelance writing.  Thank you, again, for lending your time and talents to the MS community!  Also, I wanted to let you know that your article is posted on the ACP website – https://www.acceleratedcure.org/recent-news   Lindsey also posted it to Twitter and ACP’s Facebook page.  Here is a link to ACP’s Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/AcceleratedCureProject/?__tn__=%2Cd%2CP-R&eid=ARCH3XLDctVWeTdhdCXJTnF8E-ddruWySyWUs0ZdwubL3kpB2QIB71D5_daa4VOYcOPLFZ8CGBtcDg1c, your article is the top post.  

It was a pleasure working with you, we wish you the best of success in your freelance writing business!  Have a wonderful day.


Twenty Things to Remember if You Love Someone Who Has Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

Only Twenty? I’m Worth Much More Than That!

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“Laughter IS the BEST Medicine!”

 1.  I have MS, but it doesn’t have me.

 2.  I am not my disease.

3.   MS is not who I am.

 4.  Please be patient with me.

 5.  Giving me a “tough love” push is good.

 6.  Allow me to have a break from myself sometimes.

 7.  Just let me cry when MS overwhelms me.  

 8.  Can we talk about it?

 9.  Your love and support are so important to me.

10.  MS is enormous in my life; help me make it not so much.

11.  How can I help you?

12.  Thank you for loving me and being here for me.

13.  Life can be beautiful when we share it together.

14.  My irritable comments are caused by MS, not you.

15.  The ravages of MS pale when you hold and comfort me.

16.  MS Support Groups help me to know there are others similar to me.

17.  Remind me to exercise every day. My memory is a bit shabby.     

18.  Help me schedule eating healthful.

19.  Together our relationships are important.

20.   Love me as I love you.

These twenty reasons to love someone who has MS are only a sample. There are many more. There is an opportunity for you to add yours at the end of this article.

Loving anyone is difficult as well as well as wonderful. When MS is involved, the difficult can be overwhelming. There are various reasons to love someone. Adding MS to the relationship causes unbearable strains for some.

It matters little whether or not MS is involved.

Recently, I talked with a middle-aged woman who said her husband told her he was leaving her. He couldn’t stand being married to someone who had MS.

This scene plays out often.

There are a number of reasons why this exact scenario presented itself:

  1. He was scared of future MS happenings.
  2. He really didn’t love her anymore.
  3. He found someone else and wouldn’t admit it to her.
  4. He felt unworthy of her.
  5. MS had changed her.
  6. They both had changed.
  7. People are not the same when disease enters the picture.

One of those reasons may or may not be why this man might have chosen to leave his sick vulnerable wife. There are as many reasons as there are people.

Angel Blair, author of blog comments on MSAA says:

“MS likes to weasel in and get in the way of relationships sometimes. It has a mind of its own, a differing agenda and likes to demand attention – all attention. MS can sort of mimic a toxic relationship, so it’s good to notice and call out these traits to avoid draining connections in the future. MS can be greedy and selfish. It can try to tear down your spirit and diminish positive affirmations. MS can try to change your perspective of how you see yourself and tell you no much of the time. It can be strenuous and exhausting and not give anything in return. Though you may take care of your MS it does not necessarily take care of you. It’s in these ways and others that MS can sometimes be a billboard for what a healthy relationship does not look like.”

I am fortunate to be married to a kind, gentle man who knew shortly after we met MS played a part of my life. He married me in spite of Multiple Sclerosis. Ours is a healthy relationship. Of course, we haven’t always agreed. But the good has far outweighed any not-so-good in our marriage.

My MS diagnosis occurred July 1958 two months after my high school graduation. College and career plans dominated my mind. Mother’s tears and dad’s chagrined look in the neurologist’s office that fateful day failed to deter me.

Off to college I happily skipped.

 MS reality reminder popped in to visit each semester when the stress of final exams brought on an exacerbation. Numbness or paralysis somewhere in my body sent me home for two weeks of complete bed rest. Mom’s TLC (Tender Loving Care) always allowed her only child to return to college courses after two weeks rest and nicotinic acid pills three times each day.

The geography of a northern state like Pennsylvania where I grew up and went to college likely contributed to my MS. That is one of the suspected factors since many people from northern areas contract the disease. Stress is also a contributing factor to the onset of MS.

Relationships can be difficult or harmonious. It depends largely on how much positive energy is applied by both parties involved. Sustaining a relationship takes commitment, loyalty, romance, dedication and so much more.

Author Bio:

Judith Norris Florida Freelance Writer; Education, Health, Personal Development, and Ghost Writing. FREE writing consultation from a former English professor whose lifetime of writing provides much experience for all clients. judithnorriswrites@gmail.com

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