I feel like for a while, Ann Romney’s (peculiar) thoughts on MS have been a lot of speculation based on not that much quotation, but I bring you this gem, courtesy of Oprah.*
“I think a lot of women have autoimmune diseases. I think what happens is, women have five balls up in the air all the time, and they can do it for a while. And then all of a sudden the body just says, Sorry….Done. It gives you a few warnings, and then your body goes, I’m gonna make you crash to the ground where you can’t even pick your head up. Women try to push through so many things, and our bodies physically can’t do that.” -Ann Romney
I’m sorry, what? You think MS happens how exactly? Is this real life?
I mean, I know we don’t know the cause of MS and I know that women have a higher incidence, but there is literally no evidence to support her theory. Especially since she makes it sound like this disease of overworked Super Moms when, in fact, typically the onset of symptoms happens between ages 16 and 24. Not quite the same thing. Not quite what she’s talking about at all. People as young as 11 get MS. That’s not from baking too many brownies. This is real life, Ann. Also, she says this other thing:
“The prescription for MS is no stress, have a normal life, eat well, and exercise.”
Wait, Ann, I think you forgot something. What’s that thing… that thing that usually get prescribed.. that thing… hmm.. medication? Drugs? Yeah, that’s it. You should try some of that sometime, I hear it works better than even horseback riding! Who woulda thunk.
Not gonna lie, I did identify with one thing she said (and then immediately hated myself for agreeing with her):
“No one understands, unless they have MS, what fatigue is.”
I’m down with that. But beyond that, girl, you crazy. Crazier than Middletown residents in October. (hey, WesKids, you know what I’m talking about)
In other news: My meds weren’t super working in that I had migraines allthefucking time and my migraine meds were making me not human (dizzy, tired, unable to get out of bed, burning fingertips, the usual) and so I got switched to a nice, highly addictive mix of barbituates, acetaminophen, and caffeine. Welcome to the land of upper-downers, population: Me.
(thank you all for continuing to check in on my blog even when I’m being inattentive)
*I heard Mitt let her out of the binder for this interview**
**Obligatory Mitt Romney + women in binders joke