I want to share some numbers. I never did any research about how the blog is doing, in no small part because I did not have a clue how to go about it. When others suggested I really ought to know, I did what I always do. I called Brooke. She did not know about how to go about the task either, but at least she was smart enough to find out.
Brooke went to Google Analytics, which turns out to be a free service. Imagine that. This is what we learned. For the week ending April 5, we had more than seven thousand page visits, 7, 152 to be precise. That means about 30 thousand for the month. I am not certain how to put that into perspective but am told that is an impressive figure for a relatively new blog.
I have posted 130 blog entries and you guys have contributed mightily. I believe we have built a good site. I expect we will hear no thunderous applause, nor will I be checking the mail for bonus checks. Maybe we should merely take the small satisfaction in believing we are doing good and touching people in need.

49 Responses to Numbers

  1. Joan L April 9, 2015 at 1:26 pm #

    Whether we comment or not, I know your blog makes me feel so less alone, gives me a chuckle, allows me some self pity as well as a strong talking to myself! Everyone here helps everyone. Thank you for reaching out to us all and for safe place to be real!

    • Richard M. Cohen April 9, 2015 at 4:13 pm #

      A privilege.


  2. Dale April 9, 2015 at 4:07 pm #

    Well dang. That’s pretty cool. And such a positive upbeat entry, best therapy in the world. I feel better already.

    Huzzah, Richard. But with such a big following, I hope there’ll still be time to talk baseball.

    • Dale April 9, 2015 at 4:10 pm #

      Oh and yeah. Einstein never memorized anything he could look up easily. Don’t waste your time, you’ve got Brooke.

    • Richard M. Cohen April 9, 2015 at 4:15 pm #

      Dang, yourself. We can talk baseball. You start.


      • Dale April 9, 2015 at 6:03 pm #

        I’m still frantically looking for Ellsbury’s autograph from his Falmouth Commodores summer when my daughter was in their baseball camp. Now that he’s wearing pinstripes in Frankensteinbrennerland, do you think I can cover a semester of her pre-med BC tuition for it?
        Meanwhile, put me in Coach, I’m ready to play.

  3. Joan Z April 9, 2015 at 4:35 pm #

    It’s all you Richard. We’d all be lonely, anonymous strangers without you, Because of your generosity, we are a family, a community. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. You just pretty much ROCK!

    • Richard M. Cohen April 9, 2015 at 7:15 pm #

      Thaks, but it takes a community.


  4. Rob M April 9, 2015 at 4:38 pm #

    Props to Richard for giving us great material to respond to and props my fellow patients for sharing their thoughts. This site is good therapy…and the price is right.

    • Richard M. Cohen April 9, 2015 at 7:17 pm #

      You guys make it worthwhile.


  5. Dale April 10, 2015 at 8:20 am #

    I hope so. This has been great, Finally some folks on the wavelength.

    Hope you’re getting something in return while you wait for the thousands of dollars in cash and prizes to come rolling in…

    We need a name. And maybe a mascot. Considering your books, how about a dog?

    • Richard M. Cohen April 10, 2015 at 8:30 am #

      Sure. I will talk to a taxidermist today.


      • Dale April 10, 2015 at 10:27 am #

        So I guess this means you’re out on my plans for adaptive dogslegdding? Fido doesn’t sound like much of a lead dog.

        And unless you’re the lead dog, the view’s always the same.

      • Hannah April 10, 2015 at 11:48 am #

        Oh snap, I bet he’s talking about that crazy dog he wrote a book about. You should check with your family first, though.

  6. MB April 10, 2015 at 9:32 am #

    This blog is like a fraternity built on the common interest of coping with a chronic illness. It’s helped me immensely and hearing 30,000 visits to it occurred last month, it sounds like it might be helping others, too.

    (I think then that you can consider yourself to be the “Grand Exalted Imperial Poobah” which in Flintstone terms is a pretty high honor.)

    • Dale April 10, 2015 at 10:14 am #

      Bet he looks great in the Grand Poobah hat. Water buffalo fur is stunning. But probably wears it sparingly as PETA already him on their hit list.

    • April 10, 2015 at 8:38 pm #

      Or the Deputy Mayor of MSville. Long hours. Lousy pay.


  7. Hilary D April 10, 2015 at 12:19 pm #

    It’s the only blog I follow. It helps me cope.

    Thank you!

  8. Rosanne April 10, 2015 at 12:53 pm #

    Yep! you are right up there in my favorites on IE – I click on your icon every day hoping to see a new post full of inspiration and words of wisdom. Thank you for continuing your blog.

    • April 10, 2015 at 8:40 pm #

      Shucks. I’m just bored.

  9. Jack April 10, 2015 at 1:08 pm #

    I check the blog at least once each day because I feel that it keeps me connected to people who “get it.” I can’t clap my hands together, but I am doing my best to give you thunderous applause by banging on my desk. The bonus check, I am sorry to say, is a different story.

    • April 10, 2015 at 8:42 pm #


      You spent it, didn’t you? What did you buy? A half-piece of gum?


  10. michael April 10, 2015 at 1:37 pm #

    I hate this disease. Hate what is doing to my wife. What it’s doing to me. Days like today I truly wonder how much more loss we can stand. Our home, our careers, our friends, our business, our dogs…gone.

    This blog gives me a sense of hope. The MS Society is useless, neurologists clueless, it’s the people in the trenches that have survived similar loss who keep me going. Thank you all for sharing.

    • April 10, 2015 at 8:44 pm #


      I buy your assessments. Too bad they are so useless.


  11. michael April 10, 2015 at 1:53 pm #

    Well now, got through that moment of self-pity, now for the self- loathing to pass, I’m just not a good complainer I guess. Congratulations on the numbers, it is difficult to establish anything on line that sticks.

  12. Christopher April 10, 2015 at 3:01 pm #


    Suffering shouldn’t be hidden away. It isn’t something that makes any of us ‘less-than’ others because we’re disturbed by pain and loss. I hate MS with a passion as well. MS is a continual grieving process for many of us, and that’s a helluva lot for anyone to take. It’s not really complaining since you have very few options, I’m guessing. It’s more like un-corking a bottle before it explodes. Good you’re here looking for some form of hope, or just a respite provided by empathetic people, like the rest of us. And great observations and ruminations by the gentleman who created this blog. Also Michael, you may provide more than you know.

    But then again, that’s just my own opinion.

    • michael April 10, 2015 at 7:10 pm #

      Thank you Christopher.

  13. Jenny April 10, 2015 at 3:10 pm #

    I enjoy being part of this “community”! Thank you Richard for helping us all feel welcome! Also, thanks to all of you who also contribute and help us all feel at home!

  14. Dale April 10, 2015 at 3:57 pm #

    Anybody that hasn’t yet should check out the videos at the top of the blog. You’ll see that our Richard is much more than just another pretty face. I think Meredeth is there as a prop.

    Probably to keep him from talking about the dog.

    I come, I disrupt, I leave. But never, ever give up.

    • April 10, 2015 at 8:47 pm #

      Actually, Meredith is a prop. She props me up.


  15. Anne April 10, 2015 at 4:03 pm #

    How great is that Richard. I hope you realize how much we appreciate your posts and for giving us this community to share our thoughts.

    • April 10, 2015 at 8:48 pm #

      We do have a community, all I wanted.


  16. Yvonne April 10, 2015 at 8:20 pm #

    As we put on the brave face for family and friends, here we can break down. The good news is we finally realize we are not alone. It’s not whining it’s reality. Thanks to everyone here who remind me that shit happens but it’s OK. Clean it up as best I can because more shit will come and it’s better if it’s not piled high and deep. A great community of folks going through stuff and sharing coping strategies. Best support group I have ever not met 🙂

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  17. Yvonne April 10, 2015 at 8:23 pm #

    BTW, big kudos to Richard. Based on the numbers people are stopping by even if they don’t always comment. Ya did good.

  18. Dale April 11, 2015 at 12:30 am #

    Sox Yankees 3-3 top of the 15th inning. Man I’ve got to stock up on more nachos and fake cheese. There won’t be enough left for tomorrow nights Final Four hockey finale at Boston Garden.

    • April 11, 2015 at 8:52 pm #


      You should seek professional help.


      • Dale April 11, 2015 at 9:27 pm #

        You ARE my professional help. Thank Meredith for me.

  19. Dale April 11, 2015 at 12:54 am #

    Top of the 16th Ortiz homers to right. 4-3. How’s Yankee stadium for wheelchairs? May be time for a road trip.

    • Dale April 11, 2015 at 8:37 am #

      I didn’t want to wake any of you up at 0230. Sox won in the 19th. BTW some of the best seats at ballparks and ice arenas are for gimps. Unless of course Coach finally puts you in Centerfield.

      • michael April 11, 2015 at 12:16 pm #

        Ha! My wife Cheryl dragged me to see Brett Michaels and Poison last summer. I must admit things are nice in the front row!

  20. Dale April 11, 2015 at 11:44 pm #

    Wow, take that MS. I could still jump when Providence College scored a huge last minute upset over Boston University in the Division 1 National Hockey Championship.
    But seriously, this beast definitely seems to react to emotional ups and downs.
    And Michael you should do something like that more often. Cheryl knows what’s good.

  21. David April 12, 2015 at 3:49 pm #

    I believe you are touching people in need for certain.
    I believe its a wonderful support group that also offers privacy.I DON’T WANT PEOPLE TO FEEL SORRY FOR ME, I KNOW THINGS COULD BE WORSE.I just want to go somewhere that I can vent and listen and never feel so alone.Multiple Sclerosis is a nasty disease, aren’t they all? Journey Man always gives me comfort.

  22. Joan Z April 12, 2015 at 6:59 pm #

    The best books are those whose characters I keep thinking about long after I’ve read the last line. This particular topic and the comments posted, are like that for me. Kudos to Richard for starting this conversation, and thank you so much to this family who so bravely engages.

    • April 12, 2015 at 8:30 pm #

      You guys are the best.


    • Betty April 12, 2015 at 8:51 pm #

      Joan Z. I love this. You nailed it. Sleep tight all.

      • Dale April 13, 2015 at 3:34 pm #

        Yeah she really did. Joan Z. you should be a writer. Hannah and I are still thinking about Richard’s crazy dog.
        And that half stick of gum Jack owes Richard.
        What a neat group of characters you all are.

  23. Joan Z April 13, 2015 at 4:59 pm #

    Betty, Dale, Hannah…aw shucks, thank you! I was fortunate enough to retire in 2012 (after 30 years as IT geek for Big Telecom.). Still wondering what I want to be when I grow up.

    This really is one groovy group of folks!

  24. Mary May 24, 2015 at 1:51 am #

    I can see why this blog is getting so much traffic. It feels like a cool place to hang out and converse with like minds and bodies.

    Question: of all the folks reading this blog, does anyone have experience with MS and Multiple Myeloma? Is it even possible for one person to get two of the most cruel illnesses at the same time?
    Bone marrow biopsy results in soon. I had to bone up on cancer terms, which took my mind of MS for about a month. That is the only good thing to come out of this experience so far.