About me

My story starts in April 1973, when I was born in the Coombe Hospital, in Dublin, Ireland.  I was over a month premature and I weighted a little less than 3lbs.  My Dad said that I was the size of a pint tumbler (glass) wrapped in a tea-towel. I may have been small but I was already a fighter.

I am the eldest of 4 girls, we are all very close and I don’t know what I would do without them.  They really make me realise that family is the most important thing in life.  I had an idyllic childhood and grew up with great friends and lots of cousins.  My extended family is very big and we are all pretty close, this probably comes from how close my parents and their siblings are.

When I was 29 years old, I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and didn’t know what it meant.  I was getting ready to fight in the Irish National Eliminations for Kickboxing, (I was the current all-Ireland and World Kickboxing champion but every year, you had to fight to retain your place), when my left leg started to feel funny, it wasn’t particularly painful but it had some numbness and co-ordination issues .  The next couple of years where hard for me, trying to come to term with the diagnosis and what it brings with it,  my suddenly weak legs and irrational bladder made life harder, walking to the canteen was sometimes a challenge and getting to the bathroom was at times a priority due to lots of kidney infections.

Then in 2007, I had a further blow, my Mum died suddenly, she had a brain haemorrhage and I felt like my left arm was taken away.  She was so supportive, always there for me and her unconditional love made it easier for me to cope with my issues. Suddenly I had to find another way to deal with things.  I first turned to food, which didn’t work and later to friends, family, Reiki and Counselling which worked.

I have also thanked God that I work for such a wonderful company, they have given me the tools to manage my illness (working from home when not well) and alleviated any worries about losing my job due to my condition.  I have a job that I really enjoy and work with a manager who is very understanding and encourages me.  I have colleagues who are aware of my condition and do anything to help while not patronising me.  It is great to be able to work and not have it impacted, it really helps with self-esteem, remaining positive and leading a normal life.

 It is now 9 years since my diagnosis, and a lot has changed in my life, I can no longer kick box, run or walk a long distance but I wouldn’t change a thing.  MS has pushed me in all ways, mentally, physically and emotionally and initiated lots of lifestyle changes.  I don’t think that I would have my inner peace today, if MS hadn’t shown up.

 For the past year, I have been trying to come up with an avenue to provide information to help people.  I am no expert or doctor but I would really like to be a bright light to young people and their families, to help them realise that the diagnosis isn’t the end of the world and can sometimes come along at the right time so that important stuff gets dealt with.  So I set up this blog, it  is called Nic’s MS in the City – https://msinthecity.wordpress.com/

 I think that the biggest learning for me is that you can’t segregate things, if you want to do your best to maintain your health, you need to look at everything, Mind, Body, Spirit, Diet, Stress etc, a holistic approach.  Caroline Myss makes are very valid point when she says

‘Your biology is your biography ‘ (in other words your physical body (your cells) absorb the biography of your life and reflect back to you how that life has been).  So you can’t just look at the physical, you need the balance in all aspects of your life.

 So my life has been a bit of a roller coaster and maybe I could help you with MS or one of my experiences below 🙂

– Shy child
– World Champion Kickboxer
– 4th degree Bushido Martial Art Instructor
– Lucan Rose (beauty pageant)
– Image Consultant
– Emotional comfort eater
– MS patient
– Single young female
– Online dater
– MS blogger??

Finally, if someone told me what life had in store for me, I don’t know if I would have appreciated it but I do now.




16 thoughts on “About me

  1. Hello Nicola, just wanted to say hello. My friends/family call me Johan. I was born in 1969 and am from West Michigan, USA. Diagnosed in 2012, OMS was the first book I read and am still a somewhat adherent. Would love to go to an OMS retreat in Australia, am so jealous. Yours was one of the first MS blogs I found. Thank you. Be well and enjoy.


    Posted by Johan | October 28, 2014, 11:48 am
    • Hi Johan
      Thank you for taking the time to comment on my blog, it means a lot.
      I know Michigan as I have family that moved from Ireland to Detroit around 70 years ago LOL
      I love the OMS book, it just feels right to me. I gave a talk for the MS society on Sat about Australia, I think it went well.
      I am very glad you found my blog (I didn’t know how hard or easy it was to find it)
      Anyway keep well, take care

      Posted by msinthecity | October 29, 2014, 8:52 am
  2. Hi, good to find you. I’m 62 years old, and was diagnosed in 1992, and went blind in 2000, but I think it’s crucial to accept our lives and learn to love them. Although I am ancient, I write a blog which is about MS, but also stresses the fact that our lives shouldn’t just be about illness, even in a positive way. Thanks for this blog, anyway, and long may you stay well.

    Posted by stevehobsonauthor | September 6, 2014, 9:53 am
    • Firstly apologies for the delay in getting back to you, my sister got married last week and it has been mental preparing for that.
      Secondly you are not old, definitely not. My nanny is 97 and that is what I consider old.
      Going to take a look at your blog, thanks for your kind comments

      Posted by msinthecity | September 21, 2014, 2:27 pm
  3. Hi,

    I hope this finds you well. I represent Healthline Networks, and we were wondering if you could include Healthline’s Multiple Sclerosis Lingo Page (http://www.healthline.com/health/multiple-sclerosis/lingo-defined) as a resource on your page: https://msinthecity.wordpress.com/

    Healthline provides a very engaging tool to help define MS symptoms and decode lingo patients sometimes use to describe their symptoms.

    Healthline also provides an array of other wonderful resources for MS patients:

    – MS Toolkit (http://www.healthline.com/health/multiple-sclerosis/resources). This toolkit provides a collection of resources from across the web to help patients manage and cope with Multiple Sclerosis.
    -Managing MS (ex.http://www.healthline.com/health/multiple-sclerosis/managing-ms) on ideas for living a healthy life with Multiple Sclerosis.

    For more information about our rigorous editorial process, to view our board of directors and more visit the Healthline about page: http://www.healthline.com/health/about-healthline.

    Please let me know if you have any questions or are interested in adding this link to your page. Thank you for our time and consideration.

    Best Regards,
    Jennifer Brousseau • Marketing Assistant
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    Healthline • The Power of Intelligent Health
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    Posted by Jennifer Brousseau | January 22, 2014, 7:57 pm
  4. Nicola, what an amazing blog you have! You write from the heart and it shows, fair play to you for being your own critic and daring to publish it. You sound like a very strong person and I’m so sorry about the loss of your mum, but it’s great that you have such a large family. Just like you my own MS has taught me so much, and things I probably would have never learned if I wouldn’t have had the diagnosis. If anything, MS was the best way to start over and take stock.

    I hope you keep doing so well professionally (if I’m right you work in the same company I worked in for 7 years 🙂 so I know how good they are for their employees (I was on a 2-year contract but had a contractor contract after that).

    Take care of yourself and keep up being so positive, it’s a blessing to know you!

    Posted by Willeke | July 4, 2012, 12:05 pm
    • They are a great company. They recorded my video, you should have a look at the my story blog…
      I like reading your blog too but I will apologise that sometimes I can be slow getting to it 🙂
      You keep taking care of yourself and being strong xxx

      Posted by msinthecity | July 4, 2012, 12:23 pm
  5. Hi Nic, I was delighted to learn you are now following my blog. I hope you enjoy the posts and if there is ever anything I can help with here in the blog world, please don’t be hesitant to ask…thanks.

    Be encouraged!

    Posted by stephenedwards425 | June 25, 2012, 5:42 pm
  6. You forgot to mention how well you are doing career wise too 🙂 We will welcome you back to the Procurement team anytime 🙂 Great Web site Nic, Will come back again soon……

    Posted by Patrick E | January 27, 2012, 2:44 pm
  7. Hey Nic, CONGRATULATIONS! Super blog spot, really enjoyed the read-little eyed though!! Very proud of u ere in Tipp. Keep up the good work-no doubt ur an inspiration to all who will visit the page! Xxx

    Posted by Triona D | January 21, 2012, 2:23 pm
    • Hi Triona
      Lovely to hear from you. Thanks for all the comments 🙂 So how is everyone in Tipp? I am due a visit, cant believe that it is over a year since I was down.
      Take care, talk soon and love to all

      Posted by msinthecity | January 21, 2012, 5:34 pm
  8. You’ve done the hard part, setting up. Good name & great read. I will be keeping track of your blog and wish you all the very best. You deserve it! Sx

    Posted by Sarah | January 20, 2012, 2:43 pm

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