Sunday, June 9, 2013

I finally got my Bachelors degree! I don’t think I'd have been able to get it if it hadn’t been for me losing my full time job and getting SSDI

Yvonne Decellis

I finally got my Bachelors degree! I was at SUNY New Paltz back in 1996 to 1998 but then I thought I could drop out and finish "any time". I did not foresee life and MS getting in the way. Not having finished college USED to be one of my biggest regrets. Getting laid off (in 2006) made that regret much stronger.

Getting laid off (and the way it happened along with the illegal things the ex-employer did to me) was awful, but I (eventually) was able to get SSDI (disability).

Collecting Disability allowed me to quit two part time jobs I was somewhat unhappy doing and also gave me the ability to go back to school full time. I often hear people telling me that getting laid off was “the best thing that ever happened” to them. (NOT something you want and/or need to hear after getting laid off.) It took a long time (from 2006 to almost 2012) but I am finally able to say it (to myself!) 

I honestly don’t think I would have been able to get my Bachelors’ degree (as well as get certificates and then go to Graduate school) if it hadn’t been for me losing my full time job and eventually getting SSDI.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Why I love Avonex plus: how I use pineapples to cope with it and my Multiple Sclerosis!

Yvonne Decellis, Columnist, MS News Channel

I have been on Avonex since 1998. I have found that the way for me to make the shots as "pain free" as I can is to use something like Prilocaine/Lidocaine cream (or Emla) to numb the top layer of skin out.

As for coping with the side effects: 

I really hope this helps you (I can not guarantee it will since different things work differently for different people)...I spoke to a nurse about early March of 2010 and when I complained of how lousy the Avonex made me feel (I've been using Avonex since 1996 and it always gave me flu like symptoms for 2 to 3 days) she recommended eating fresh (unprocessed/uncanned