Giorno Di Mercato, 1976
Emilio Guiseppe Dossena.
The thing I love most about the internet is that it gives me the ability to communicate with people all over the planet.
That is really what the internet is all about, simple and straightforward communication and participation.
Nothing compares I think to the pleasure of "talking" to people every single day around the world and sharing our stories and information.
I get an opportunity to explain my opinions, viewpoints and share information which may be helpful to others.
My words are not changed by anyone, every post, with the occasional interesting article, has been written by me.
My blog welcomes comments which lets visitors tell me what they think of my posts and share their stories.
In the 4 years since I started blogging I have made many friendships and received and given alot of support.
I get a lot of positive feedback and comments which make my life so much better and stops me being isolated.
When I got my MS diagnosis on 19 July 2006, I started blogging the next month to receive and share information about MS and the difficulties of becoming handicapped.
This was also in order to make sense of what was happening to me, but also to communicate with other people with MS and without MS.
I believe that blogging has expanded my horizons and I have no doubt that the internet has saved my life.
It enables me to communicate with others around the world, even when I could not leave my bed for two years.
This was from August 2008, due to a pressure wound, this finally healed in August 2010 and I could sit in my wheelchair once again.
Since early 2009 I have been writing a blog post every single day, something that would have been unheard of 3 years ago.
I communicate regularly with people I have never, and sadly, will never meet, except online.
The internet has enabled me to communicate with others and be part of the world.
That is what the internet has done for me, it enables me to participate not just to consume, and despite my MS I can and do participate in the world.
It has helped me despite my severe disability caused by my MS to communicate, which has been and still is being a supportive and liberating experience for me.