There is a fine line between blowing your own horn and sharing your truth. As a fellow author and MS Warrior, I applaud Andy Reynard for his frank depiction of life with multiple sclerosis. As we grow with MS, humor becomes increasingly important. If we can’t laugh at ourselves, who can we laugh at?

Author Andy Reynard brings home this sentiment with the Yiddish sentiment Man plans. God laughs.

Balls to MS: Twenty Years of Discovering Your Body Hates You by Andy Reynard

Strange physical sensations alert Andy that something unusual is occurring in his left leg one day. When the pins and needle sensation goes away, so does his concern.

One year later, the prickly feeling returns, to be once again swept under the carpet. Sound familiar?

As Andy Reynard begins his MS journey, the Warrior reader will surely reminisce about the early days of pre-diagnosis. The excuses, the made-up reasons, the denial of serious repercussions.

In this moving, often amusing, personal account of life with multiple sclerosis, we get an up and close visit with the MonSter. Fellow MSers will relate while the eyes of outsiders will open wide to the travesties this disease creates.

As the author, his young wife, and his friends muddle their way through the everyday issues he endures, the urgency for a cure to multiple sclerosis materializes. Andy Reynard reinforces the idea that MS is a shared lifestyle. MSers are all different while remaining incredibly similar.

Balls to MS is a necessary addition to the MS library.

Twenty years into his MS life, Andy completes his saga with his own sentiment: Buggers.

The longer I live on planet MS, the larger the community becomes. Thank you, Any Reynard, for giving us an extensive list of MS blogs and websites to visit. Get out there and meet your tribe!

Lisa, Lady With the Cane

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July 1, 2001, six months after the birth of my only child, I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.