(OK, that's out of my system)
It's the last few days of my 30s. I'm not TOO bothered about turning 40 - my wife would be only too happy to say that I'm almost perpetually grumpy so I'm already well into old fart territory.
|We all need a role model|
- in my 30th year I ended a relationship (which involved selling a house and moving back into my parents' house. Luckily they're amazing people so this was actually a great time for me! I just wish I'd saved more money in this period. Anyway...)
- I also started a relationship with the woman who would eventually become my wife
- I was diagnosed with MS
- I was made redundant from my job - a year after diagnosis (unconnected) and two months before I got married. I never stopped working, doing some freelance *stuff* before getting my current role as a fully paid-up member of the local CULTURAL ELITE.
- Bought another house
- Became a father
So remember here when I was being a little snarky about Merck Serono and their MySupport swanky magazine/app? Well, there's a (small) portion of Humble Pie coming up.
The other night I'd just done my Rebif injection when the machine just shut down. Kaput. No light's on, no-one home.
I called the MySupport line and left a message (for some reason I was very late doing my injection - probably some wild party or gallery opening... *ahem*). The next day they called me up, and yesterday I got my replacement machine.
ALSO - Flicking through my latest MySupport magazine, I came across an article about MS-related Cognitive issues.
It was full of all kinds of hints and tips (writing lists? CHECK. Putting keys in a designated place? Hmm... I'm working on it) but the bit that really struck was a pull-out box which said:
Knowing that we might develop memory problems can sometimes make us more aware of every little lapse, but try not to worry - we all forget things sometimes!Not rocket science, but it really got me thinking - which came first, the Cog-Fog or the expectation that you will suffer from Cog-Fog?
Similarly, which was first, my bladder issues, or reading about the link between MS and bladder issues?
I'm not disputing that there's a link - but by focusing my MIND on the potential issues, have I almost created the problem before it was due?
By reading all these MS blogs and going, "wow I've got THAT symptom, that makes me feel less like a freak.... but I haven't got THAT symptom... yet... which concerns me", are we convincing ourselves of the problems which may or may not be "in the post" before we necessarily need to?
I'd be interested to hear your thoughts - as I said, I'm not disputing that there's a link between MS and *SYMPTOM Y*.
And as usual I don't really know where I going with this. At the very least it's some kind of weird Audience Development project - "don't read this, it's bad for your health" or something.
Well played, Merck Serono - you've won this time. But I'm still watching you!