Saturday January 20th 2018

Why MS sufferers like me need the highs and lows of unrealistic optimism | Peter Thompson

Statins may not be the miracle cure we keep looking for. But, just as when I was diagnosed, I believe science will be my salvationAnother day, another bit of exciting news about a medical breakthrough. For a multiple sclerosis patient like me, the course of a day can see you raised from a height of happiness and expectation at a headline to a low brought on by qualification and small print. In some ways, the greatest breakthrough would be a pill that protects one against those highs and lows. Meanwhile one has to fall back on an ability to read between the lines, differentiate journalistic hyperbole from medical realism, and come to a conclusion that allows for hope but prepares for disappointment.Today’s news is that certain statins, taken in high dose, may help to slow down the progress …

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Why MS sufferers like me need the highs and lows of unrealistic optimism | Peter Thompson

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