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{readers forum} A Positive Attitute Helps When Living With MS Many thanks to Sharon Ní Chonchúir for such a positive piece about having MS. I live in the U.S., and have had MS for over 26 years. I plan to completely follow her suggestions, and I want to find Dr. Jelinek’s book so I can learn more. I have R/R MS and have been taking Avonex (since I just have to deal with a shot/needle once a week). I plan to make exercise a priority, since I can go free of charge to a local gym. Again, many thanks for your positive piece! – Becky Toney Posted online

Dear Sharon Ní Chonchúir: A friend, whose father was born on the Great Blasket Island, shared your story on Facebook knowing I’d be interested.

Author’s note: I’m so pleased to hear that you’re doing well. The more we share that message, the more hope we give to each other. I’m not anti-medicine. I’m just anti the particular medicine that I was taking. If a better option came up and I could see that it might help, I’d be willing to try it. For now though, lifestyle changes seem to be enough. Stay well and happy. –Sharon Ní Chonchúir

When it’s More Than Just a Sore Tummy Great article on Crohn’s disease by Darina Molloy. Thank you. I’m from Tralee, Co. Kerry, and would appreciate the support. I have Crohn’s disease and an Ileostomy. Please visit my support page on Facebook: #crohnssupporttralee. – Finbarr Griffin Posted online

Great Issue I enjoyed the latest issue, especially the article “My Grandfather’s War.” I was also delighted to see Gina McCarthy on the cover and learn more about her. And then there was Mary Beth Keane’s article about her father, and the warning of the perils of being pale (think it’s probably time to visit a dermatologist!). All in all, just a great issue – really dense with meaty, well-crafted articles. – Megan Smolenyak Received via email

Gina McCarthy It was extremely interesting to see how Gina McCarthy skirted the fracking question. Still, your interview with her gave me hope for the future. –Sarah Buscher Received by email

About the Climate . . . ABOVE: Sharon Ní Chonchúir who wrote about living with M.S. in the Aug./Sept. issue. TOP: Major William “Bill” Egan of the Royal Army Medical Corps who saw action in WWI.

I was diagnosed in 2006 and was advised to get on medication right away. I did, and I follow a diet of no red meat, fish, chicken, and veggies. I try to stay away from the fried foods but not always. I could be better. But I feel great! I work as a registered nurse. I am involved in my community, family and even the MS society. I feel we must have a positive outlook and support. I also found out it does not matter who knows I have this disease, I’m okay with it, and I am going to continue to live my life as it was intended. I still have plenty more to do and accomplish. Being on meds does make a difference. It keeps the disease at bay. I have been on most of them, but it’s been worth it. Thanks for your article. – Kim, submitted online


My Grandfather’s War Being an historian, I read Patricia Harty’s article “My Grandfather’s War” with intense interest. She captured why we should know and care about our ancestors. But then how did she and her present family get to the U. S. and when? I hope she will write a sequel. – Harolyn Enis Received by email

Author’s note: Thank you for you comments. I emigrated to the U.S. in the 1970s but still have lots of family in Ireland.

Ireland is a beautiful and impressive place to admire nature but I’m not sure where you are getting your information about climate change or what used to be called global warming. It seems that there has been no increase in temperature or global warming since 1996. The predicted timing of the melting of the North Pole has long since past, and the reality is the polar ice cap is growing in both area and thickness. Hopefully this winter will be easier on those in the Wicklow Mountains and the snow won’t cause as many problems as this past winter. – Brian O’Shea, Posted online

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