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How Living With MS Is a Lot Like Being Harry Potter






















My wife, Caryn, was away on business last week. While I puttered about the house getting things organized for her return on Friday, I put on a bit of John Williams music … rather loudly.

Strains of “Superman,” “The Imperial March,” and “Olympic Fanfare and Theme” filled the house as I picked up from a week of bachelorhood. Then came soundtracks to the Harry Potter series of films, and something caught my attention.

When musically represented, each of the young Potter boys’ triumphs and escapes from danger were shaded with a foreboding sense of incomplete resolution. Those shadings were very slight at first — not unlike the residual effects of early exacerbations in the relapsing phases of my multiple sclerosis (MS) — but looking back on both Harry’s stories and my own, I heard and remembered them clearly.

As the music progressed to follow the films’ interpretation of JK Rowling’s books, the apparently satisfactory or even comical resolutions carried a descant, a minor key, or a note that lingered — much like an uncomfortable stare from someone we do not know as we cross paths on an escalator or pull out of the train station from platform 9 ¾.

Then the big stuff starts happening.

Soon the score turns as dark as a cinematographer’s smoked lens, and even the happy moments feel like the stranger has followed us home and waits just outside the garden gate. Just like that slip from relapsing to progressing, we can feel multiple sclerosis shadowing every move we make, every decision we consider, and every relationship we cherish.

Conquering MS With Laughter, Love, and Community
There is no magic wand that will allow us to vanquish our demented foe and cure MS. Not yet, anyway. But like the hero of the films proved, we can conquer the times when the disease tries to take over our soul with laughter, love, and with the knowledge that — although we may feel alone at times — we are not alone in our battle, and we are stronger when we are together.

Music lifts me when I’m down, soothes me when I’m agitated, and surely adds joy to the best parts of my life. It always has. I found it interesting to hear something in a series of film soundtracks that struck me as paralleling living with MS, particularly in films that had nothing to do with multiple sclerosis at all … or did they?

Wishing you and your family the best of health.

Cheers,

Trevis

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