The poet Elling M. Solheim (1905 - 1971) suffered from multiple sclerosis most of his adult life. The disease forced him to leave his previous occupation as a logger. He became almost completely tetra-paralytic and was chained to his bed through the last decades of his life. Solheim continued to create poetry, although he had to dictate the last books to his beloved nurse. In some of his best poems, the writer shares the impact of the disease on body and mind. The poems of Elling Solheim illustrate the interface between art and medicine: although disease ruins lives, it may also be a catalyst of great art.