Willeke Van Eeckhoutte

Willeke Van Eeckhoutte / Ireland

“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” – Albert Camus

After emigrating to Ireland over a decade ago, it never crossed Willeke’s mind that her life would be dealt a blow by MS. A former library assistant from Belgium with an interest in books, psychology and history, writing was a dream not yet turned reality. This changed after Willeke retired from work because of her MS. Refusing to let MS define her, she is an avid blogger on Ireland, Multiple Sclerosis & Me. With good insight on what drives people, voluntary advocating neurology services for those who cannot do so themselves became a way of dealing with reality in a positive way. Willeke has an inquisitive mind always looking to learn, and loves networking, reading, animals, her family and not to forget, coffee!

*Living Like You bloggers are financially compensated at a reasonable market rate for their time. Payments to bloggers in no way influences their writing, opinions or perspectives on life with multiple sclerosis.

Recent Entries by Willeke Van Eeckhoutte

The Power of Words

The Power of Words

Living Like You blogger, Willeke, believes words can have a powerful impact for people living with Multiple Sclerosis.

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Rest, Relaxation and Sleep: Don’t Let Your Resolutions Fade Away

Living Like You blogger, Willeke, believes it’s time to get back on track and re-focus on better living with and managing MS.

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Wheels Up! Life Hacks for Air Travel

Living Like You Blogger Willeke shares MS Life Hacks that can make air travel less stressful and more enjoyable.

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Life after Work: Volunteering for Good

Living Like You blogger Willeke shares her experience with volunteer work.

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If Hearing “It Will Get Better” Makes You Want to Scream, Read This

After receiving her diagnosis, Living Like You blogger Willeke had to learn how to integrate her condition into her life.

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How To Keep Up Friendships Regardless of Multiple Sclerosis

How To Keep Up Friendships Regardless of Multiple Sclerosis

Living Like You blogger, Willeke, knows Multiple Sclerosis changes many things in life. But, she insists it not change friendship, love and fulfillment.

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Trigeminal Neuralgia: Two Words, One Very Challenging Source of Pain

Willeke Van Eeckhoutte, a Living Like You blogger, takes us behind the scenes to talk about her experience with living with trigeminal neuralgia, a condition sometimes common among people living multiple sclerosis that results in chronic pain in the trigeminal nerve of the face.

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My Appointment with a Group of Needles…And Its Impact on my MS

Living Like You blogger Willeke shares her experience with complimentary therapies for multiple sclerosis, including yoga, massage therapy, and most recently, acupuncture.

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The Joy of Naps

After being diagnosed with MS, LLY blogger Willeke learned to embrace the art of napping.

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The Story of Two Halves

For Willeke, a life full of half-done tasks is pretty close to the norm. Find out how she navigates her half-finished handbook on the blog.

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What It Feels Like to be Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis

What It Feels Like to be Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis

Learn how Living Like You blogger, Willeke, coped with her Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis.

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Can’t Take the Heat? Tips for Dealing with Uhthoff’s Phenomenon

Living Like You blogger, Willeke Van Eeckhoutte, shares tips on dealing with Uhthoff’s Phenomenon, a sensitivity to heat impacting those with MS.

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Part 2: Life Hacks for Stress-Free Travel

Living Like You Blogger Willeke shares some MS Life Hacks for air travel with a chronic illness.

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Dear Doctor, Please Talk Human to Me

Living Like You blogger Willeke shares her tips for avoiding common and confusing medical jargon

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The Fireworks Inside My Head

From going digital to using subtitles, Living like you blogger Willeke has an arsenal of tools that she uses to keep her mind sharp.

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Multiple Sclerosis: Finding Hope Through Research

Multiple Sclerosis: Finding Hope Through Research

Living Like You blogger, Willeke, shares how hope gives her faith for a brighter future for Multiple Sclerosis research.

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Managing Life at Home: My Handy Household #MSLifeHacks

Living Like You blogger, Willeke, shares her favourite tips and tricks that help her simplify life at home.

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Real-Life Tips for Staying Positive When Leaving the Workforce

Leaving your job because of your MS? You’re not alone. Living Like You blogger Willeke shares her advice for how to move forward.

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Assistive Technology Is Your New Best Friend

Whether in our out of the workplace, assistive technology can be beneficial for those living with MS.

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Life in a Wheelchair, Freedom on Two Wheels

Life in a Wheelchair, Freedom on Two Wheels

Living Like You blogger, Willeke, shares her perspective on living with Multiple Sclerosis and life in a wheelchair.

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Your MS Symptoms: We Have a Hack for That

Multiple sclerosis can be unpredictable. Living Like You blogger, Willeke, offers us a few #MSLifeHacks that help her deal with these daily challenges of living with MS.

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Religion and MS: My Journey

One blogger shares her journey with faith and multiple sclerosis, and how she finds strength within herself.

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Putting Your Love to the Test with MS

From relapses to relationships, living and loving with MS can sometimes be a challenge. LLY blogger Willeke is sharing her tips for talking to your partner.

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Why I Celebrate My Diagnosis-Versary Each Year

Although you may not think of it as a day to be celebrated, Living Like You blogger Willeke regards her diagnosis anniversary as the start of a new life.

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Kids or No Kids? That is the Big Question

Kids or No Kids? That is the Big Question

Having children is a huge decision for anyone, and can be even more so for someone living with Multiple Sclerosis. Living Like You blogger, Willeke, shares how she made the decision not to have children.

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MS Symptoms We Don’t Talk About…Like Sexual Dysfunction

Are you one of the many MSers living with sexual dysfunction? You are not alone. Living Like You blogger Willeke provides some tips.

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Thank Me Later: Advice on Building a Good Relationship with Your Neurologist

Living Like You blogger Willeke shares advice on building a positive relationship with your neurologist while living with multiple sclerosis.

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Are Pets an MSer’s Best Friend?

The many benefits of owning a pet when living with MS.

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Take Our Advice: Everyone’s Relationship with Their Doctor is Different

Although they can be tricky, Willeke points out it’s important to remember that everyone’s relationship with their doctor is different.

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True Life: I Was Depressed

True Life: I Was Depressed

Living Like You blogger, Willeke Van Eeckhoutte, discusses her experience with depression and how she is coping with this every day.

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MS Symptoms We Don’t Talk About…Like Sensory Pain

Many MSers deal with sensory problems, including Living Like You blogger, Willeke. Check out her thoughts on these lesser known symptoms and how she copes.

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Preparation is Key: Tips for Predicting the Unpredictable

Living Like You blogger Willeke shares tips for preparing for the unpredictability of life with multiple sclerosis.

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Electing Your Best Doctor

Like the rest of us, Willeke was entranced by this year’s United States election. Read why she believes that the experience is similar to that of the doctor-patient relationship.

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Dear Multiple Sclerosis…A Letter to My MS

Dear Multiple Sclerosis…A Letter to My MS

If you were to write a letter to your Multiple Sclerosis, what would you say? Willeke shares her’s on Living Like You.

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Multiple Sclerosis Is Not a Stop Sign. It’s Just a Detour.

Multiple Sclerosis Is Not a Stop Sign. It’s Just a Detour.

Living Like You blogger, Willeke Van Eeckhoutte, shares how living with multiple sclerosis truly is a learning-curve process.

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My Multiple Sclerosis Meltdown Moment

For Living Like You blogger, Willeke, adjusting to life with multiple sclerosis lead to a breakdown. But it also helped her open up, acknowledge her emotions, and move forward.

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Life after Work: How Advocacy Became My Favourite Job

After transitioning out of her career, LLY blogger Willeke found fulfilment in a different type of work.

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Building Yourself Up Again

For those living with MS, it can oftentimes be a struggle to stay positive. Living Like You blogger Willeke is sharing her tips for getting out of a dark rut on the blog.

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