Wednesday, March 05, 2008

msb-0270 Don't Suck

msb-0270 Don't Suck


Disclaimer! Disclaimer! Disclaimer!

MSBPodcast is "not" any kind of a medical podcast.

It is by and for MSers.

Its purpose is to keep us entertained, to explain our symptoms, to remark on our discoveries, and to raise the general consciousness about our disease.

The path to illness is shadowy, murky and rough strewn.

The path to wellness is lit by the lamp of knowledge.


Feedback comes first, so...

No that title is not a typo or something.

Those are all the songs I found on the Podsafe Music Network (the PMN) that were playable. (Country and Western is right out, as well as some of the others didn't have the right feel for my show.)

I've realized that these shows are a reaction to the over-homogenized pop productions which take non-talented people and process them trough a whole bunch of synthesizers until they sound "perfect" and "polished" when they can, in fact, barely hold a note and would be would be check out clerks at a big box store if it wasn't for their ability and willingness to shake their asses.

The voices you have heard and will hear on this show are the real voices of the real artists, warts and all.


---- "Saying Sorry Sucks" by: "Atomsplit"

Feed Forward comes next, so...

This is "your" segment.

Say "your" piece on this segment.

Share with other MSers whatever "you" want to share.

Drop me an email: "charles at"

---- "Making Me Nervous" by: "Brad Sucks"

Feed Me comes third, so...

Do you have a therapy, product, good or service that is of interest to MSers?

Consider advertising on this podcast.

Reminders on this segment only cost $0.03 per reminder per download of an episode. (A $30CPM targeted at MSers.)

It can/should lead to a full ad, in text, audio or video, which costs $3.00 per download.

That sounds expensive until you do the math and realize that if nobody downloads it it costs you nothing, unlike print, where you often can't even get an ad in to the specialized journals, or radio or TV where you'd just be wasting your money with the 0.0833% MSers rate of return. (That's about six times "below" the level of "statistical noise".)

But MSBPodcast is 100% in your market, and you only pay per download of your material.

No play, no pay.

Reach the MSers who would buy your therapy, product, good or service, with-out having to waste your advertising money on anyone who is "not" interested...

Send me an email at: "charles (at)"

---- "Sudden Death - Getting Old Sucks" by: "The FuMP"


Some days you discover how horrible, hideous and ugly life can seem.

Thank whatever powers that be that I've only got MS.

I'm breathing at least.

Lets listen to Shauna as she describes "shit happening."

---- "Gotcha gotcha sucker" by: "G.O.R.G.E.O.U.S"


A week ago, a horrifying motor vehicle accident occurred in northern New Brunswick. It claimed the lives of 7 members of a boys basketball team and the wife of the coach and driver of the van. 8 lives gone in the blink of a second. For the past week, that small community has been mourning their loss. Actually, the entire country, and even internationally, people have felt the pain of Bathurst's loss.

There was a mass wake followed by a mass funeral in a hockey arena, as the churches couldn't accommodate the number of people who would be in attendance. The accident (and the aftermath) has been the lead story in the news all week long, and some footage was shown of different people eulogizing the young men. One statement about one of the kids really struck home for me. In describing the type of person he had been, the speaker said the kid was of the opinion that "If you suck, life does, too".

Those 6 words precisely sum up The Secret, cognitive behaviour therapy, and Norman Vincent Peale's The Power of Positive Thinking.

So don't suck.

A simple thing to say, and if you say it out loud, it's actually quite amusing. But how do you "not suck"? Hmmm. Therein lies the difficulty. Some people seem to have a natural tendency to be positive about anything. And some have a tendency to be negative. I know a guy who, if he had won the lottery, would have complained about the gas money it would cost him to go pick up his millions.

Since I've been writing this blog, I have discovered a lot of other MSers who are also blogging. And some of those blogs can be downright depressing to read. But one prompted me to write this post. Linda, at Brain Cheese, wrote a post subtitled Should I Feel Bad about Feeling Good? Go read it. I'll wait for you to come back.......

Hit the nail on the head, for me. I look "mahvelous", have no disability, and feel pretty damn good. There are a few little annoyances, but others can't see or hear them. I am certainly not the poster child for this disease. Maybe I could be the poster child for the "best case scenario" of MS. I sometimes feel a little guilty about doing so well when others are deteriorating around me. I saw a man recently who is deteriorating at an alarming rate. He saw me and how well I'm doing and he said "There's hope for me yet". I'm not a neurologist but I have little hope for this man getting back anything he's lost. I didn't say that of course, just held his hand and said there's always hope. But I felt really guilty.

After reading Linda's post I realized I have nothing to feel guilty about. I don't appear sick and have few symptoms, but having MS is always at the back of my mind. Every time I drop something, my keys for example, I'm analyzing why. Did I just not have a good enough grip on them, did I have something else in my hand, or am I having another attack? Every time I have a "brain fart" I wonder if it's just normal human forgetting or is the MS eating my brain?

I could dwell on the facts of this disease and wonder every day if this might be the day I lose my sight, or my legs, or control of my bladder. But living like that sucks. People who live like that drain the energy out of those around them.

Each day is another chance to show someone that you can have a good life even with MS. And that doesn't suck. Neither do I.

---- "Suck Hard" by: "Noctaluca"


Yes "Shauna" you don't suck, and life can be good despite MS.

And I think I don't suck either, despite my MS.

But Toronto sucks.

---- "The Toronto Song (2001) " by: "Three Dead Trolls in a Baggie"

The demise of the Trolls is to be lamented.



Miss Chris said...

I second-guess things too. Why can't I remember things...why am I so tired...etc. Is it my MS or just normal stuff? One may never know...

Charles-A. Rovira said...

No one never does.

I wrecked my car when I was parking backward when my foot slipped and squashed on the accelerator when I thought I was covering my brakes.

Is this my MS or just my being inattentive like my wife claims.