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    “have lots of gaps between words as I try to speak. And if I'm interrupted, I'll lose track entirely......”. Cat Dancer

    This is exactly what I was doing when applying for disability to the state I was working in. It took me a very long time to say anything. I could almost feel people wanting to help by finishing my sentences. It was so well timed because 6 months later my ms had different symptoms which did not show as much.

    THe journaling thing is good idea. I have been thinking I should be writing essays to keep the words flowing, sentence formation practiced and ideas organized. I will journal write essays. I hope I can push myself. I will start a diet and start a journal...tomorrow!
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    I have a really hard time finding words. I don't know how much is MS and how much is lack of use.

    How can you talk to someone and look at them with your eyes closed. Doesn't that appear kind of strange?
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    I think the eye closing is for only long enough to collect yourself and find the words--is that the way it is, Linda?

    I'm sure I must look odd to people as I can't seem to look at them while speaking unless I make a superhuman effort. I know that's what a person is supposed to do ("make eye contact," etc.) but it's often beyond me.

    I no longer care much how anything looks. People just have to put up with me as I am. I try to stay out of their way as much as possible.
    MS, diagnosed 1980. Avonex 2001-2004. Copaxone 2006-2009.

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    This is such an interesting discussion, I'm really glad it was brought up!

    Virginia, for years now, I just look down when I begin to speak until I feel the words come out smoothly and without difficulty. I initially thought it must look strange, but it actually doesn't.

    Cat, I'd forgotten that the vocal cords and diaphragm involved in speaking involved muscles, I'm going to sing more to practice.

    Laz, I'm going to start journaling too.

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    Suze-Q, I live alone so my vocal chords seldom get much use. Like Agate, I tried singing by my self once. It was so bad I never did it again. I use to do alright in church, but no more. Again, nothing even back then that would get me a soloist part, but now it is pathetic sounding.
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    Such an interesting discussion . I didnít realize most of us have some type of speaking problems.

    This past week I have started to talk aloud when alone in the house. Like you, I noticed that I just donít talk as much. Much of this is becasue its so hard to talk. But then, I think with disuse, it becomes even harder.

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    ((((((Hugs to All)))))) ~

    All of you are very coherent and articulate in your posts. May I suggest that you read your posts aloud to help exercise your vocal chords? You'll be speaking what you wrote, which is the same as giving a speech or having a conversation.

    A few pages back on the MS forum is a post about actress Selma Blair, who has MS and challenges with speaking. I don't have the link, but I did remember that thread. Maybe there is something on that thread that would be helpful?

    I think you're all on the right track. Use it or lose it, as the saying goes. So, keep talking or singing and exercising.

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    Get Sam to do your spelling and typing - then it would be perfect! Why is she so much smarter than you Howie?
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    Cats are known to be superior to humans. Just ask them.

    Rose and others, practicing speaking is excellent advice. I talk to myself quite a bit (arguing myself out of jobs I think I should do, usually)--while hoping nobody overhears me! I've found that after a while voice fatigue or some such thing sets in, and my vocal cords just don't want to talk any more. So a little bit of voice practicing may be a good thing, but a lot of it--not so good.
    MS, diagnosed 1980. Avonex 2001-2004. Copaxone 2006-2009.

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