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The science of fundraising

Posted on: July 20 2018

Raising money for MS-UK shares a lot of the same fundamentals as classical chemistry. Mixing up elements can lead to surprising results, slightly twealking a formula can make a huge difference, and sometimes things happen that nobody can quite explain…

With that in mind, our science boffins (a few of us in the MS-UK office) decided to study the ecosystem of a typical fundraiser to see what they could learn. Here are their results…

 

Panic levels on event day

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Fundraiser personality study

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The anatomy of an event

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MS Confessional

Posted on: June 19 2018

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Forgive me.

Sometimes I fail to do the right things for multiple sclerosis.

Now is the time to enter the booth and admit my wrongs.

Forgive me doctor for I have stumbled (Sorry, no pun intended).

I have been in conversation with a familiar person while being unable to recall their name.

There are times when I don't stretch as I should.

Sometimes I wear the same clothes two days in a row. (Figuring I haven't done anything to get them dirty.)

I get angry at MS. I yell, scream, cuss at it. I use language that would make an inmate blush.

Sometimes I don't eat as I should. Too much junk. Candy, cookies, chocolate. It makes me feel "blah" yet it continues to be crammed into my mouth.

I wall-walk when I should use my canes.

At times I feel disconnected to family, friends and those around me. And I don't know why.

 

Shower.jpgSome days I am too tired to shower.  Thinking..."(sniff-sniff) It can wait another day."

I try to do too much--wanting to carry my share. Which usually ends up in a fall or spilling/dropping something to make even more work.

Sometimes I get tired of the seemingly constant uphill struggle with MS.

There are times I just sit quietly with not much to say. Not as lively as I use to be... and once again, I don't know why. (But I have a two-letter guess!)

 

 

Sock Dark Clouds.JPGHaving MS is about remaining positive but there are days I am not. Negative thoughts swirl around my melon. (I am about to swear at MS again!)

Sometimes I go into a store and forget why I am there.

Forgive me doctor as I try not to allow multiple sclerosis to consume my every moment. But it is darn difficult at times to rise above.

What do YOU have to confess?

Take a seat next to me in the booth and spill your guts.

It will make us both feel better!

 

By Doug Ankerman

Doug pokes fun at MS and other topics at myoddsock.com

Keep in touch on Twitter at @myoddsock and Facebook.com/myoddsock

Guest blog: MS goes to the movies

Posted on: April 03 2018

Image saying 'MS goes to the movies'In his latest humorous guest blog Doug Ankerman discusses how movie names would be different if Hollywood was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS)...

Ever wondered what would happen if Hollywood was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis?

Our favourite movies would be quite different.

Roll'em and let's see how...

"Officer And A Gentleman With Leg Spasms"

"Memory Is Gone With The Wind"

"Wizard Of Odd Sensations"

"Blade Walker"

"Band Of Bladders"

"A Shot In The Thigh"

"The Blind Side Of Optic Neuropathy"

"Absence of Myelin"

"Les Miserable"

"The Interferon Hangover"

"Schindler's Limp"

"This Is Spinal Tap"  (No Name Change Needed!)

"Snow White And The Seven Neurologists"

"Full Metal Cooling Jacket"

"A Hard Day's Night Not Sleeping"

"A Fistful of Medicare Dollars"

"Singin In The Pain"

"Close Encounters Of The MRI Kind"

"My Left Foot Drags"

"Silence Of The Limbs"

"Baclofen To The Future"

"The Social Security Network"

"Poltergait"

"When Harry Met Soli (Solumedrol)"

"Avonex-Men"

Do you have any MS films to add to the marquee?

Premiere them to MS-UK in a red-carpet comment.

Till then, we'll see you at the movies!

Doug
Doug Ankerman pokes fun at MS and other stuff at his My Odd Sock humour blog.

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