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The mid-September sun is shining at Jennifer’s back as she comfortably sits in the recliner. Well, sits as comfortably as she can when, for the last six hours, a blood pressure monitor has consistently squeezed her left bicep and an IV port inserted in her top right wrist has pumped chemicals of hope into her body.   This is the first round of Jennifer’s Rituximab infusions, a more-aggressive measure that she and her neurologist collectively are pursuing to control this evil beast that is Multiple Sclerosis. Medical resources describe Rituximab as a monoclonal...

Monday Evening Events with Cooper

Good evening, dear readers, Forgive my twelve hour lateness, but while Mumma and Dan were away this cat sure did play. Writing just wasn’t a priority when I had the whole house to myself. Yes, I enjoy being alone at times and yes, I hate being alone. And yes, I am a cat of contradictions. Now you understand why it isn’t easy being a cat? But I do it so well! MEOW!! So, back to them. Mumma and Dan were being advocates, which is very important. They were getting their voices heard at a meeting at U.S. Representative Dave Camp’s office with his District...

In front of Pharma in Philadelphia

In a less-than-silent protest Cooper is not posting his Monday morning blog this week. He’s extremely upset with Jennifer and me and made this known the second we got home late Thursday night. I kid you not: Cooper ripped off a litany of what I could only interpret as foul-mouthed meows to scold us for leaving him alone for 40 hours. Never mind the fact that we had our friend Amy stop by to give him food and water and to clean his litter box. ME-OW! And so, I bowed down to our beloved feline leader, agreeing with him that I have been lax in posting essays to our blog....

A needle, an M.R.I., and a paper. Oh my!

Oh my indeed, and a Happy Monday morning to you, dear readers, Life around the Digmann house has been quite busy. Maybe not for me (as I am a cat), but surely for Mumma and Dan. As you may have read in Mumma’s post last week, she hopes to start a new therapy, Retuximab, to treat her Multiple Sclerosis. In order to do that, she needed to have an M.R.I. to establish a baseline of how that stupid disease has been treating her. Of course nothing ever is as simple as that. MS patients often need to have an M.R.I. with contrast which enhances the scan’s images. The...

Going under the knife

When Cooper alluded in his last post that neither Dan nor I have been writing for our blog, I felt the need to explain what I’ve been doing. It was three weeks ago Wednesday, July 30, that I had Gamma-Knife Radiosurgery. This was the aggressive measure I needed to take in hopes it could control my Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN) and potentially open the doors for an equally aggressive treatment of my secondary-progressive Multiple Sclerosis. For nearly four years I’ve battled TN, a wicked condition related to my MS. While only a small percentage of people with MS have...

It’s Monday, and I’m Back

Good morning to you all! I sincerely apologize for my absence last week. After all of those explosions on the Fourth of July, and a week full of rainstorms, complete with near constant thunder and lightning, I was not up to write my Monday Morning inspiration. And because there is no laptop or wifi access underneath the bed, my keyboard remained still and silent. I hope you can understand and forgive my lateness. Weather permitting, it will not happen again. Other than this aforementioned lapse, I am a pretty amazing cat. I won’t bore you with the details of my...

Monday Morning

With this recent rainy weather, I’ve been spending quite a lot of time under the protection of Mumma and Dan’s bed. Yes, there is a roof on our house, but I feel safest hidden there. Despite this burden, I managed to gather a full week of wonderful quotes: Ralph Waldo Emerson, a favorite of mine, provided Monday’s gem. Credit Henry Stanley Haskins for the next two. Thursday’s brilliance belongs to Alan Kay. And quotes from author George Eliot finish out the week. Enjoy! Monday: What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what...

More Monday Morning Moments

Good morning to you, my dear readers! By now, you probably know that Mumma and Dan live with me, as well as their Multiple Sclerosis. They both take medicine and see neurologists to treat the disease. And while I may hack up a hair ball or two and walk on their heads when they are trying to sleep, I’m NEVER as annoying or bad as that awful M.S! Mumma saw her doctor in Ann Arbor last Friday. After several weeks of researching, praying and talking about it, she has decided to start using a medicine called Retuximab.  This whole time, Dan has been working, playing...