Fighting MS with ATO

I didn’t know what to say when the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity brother stretched out his arm to shake my hand and tell Dan and me that, “It’s an honor to meet you both and hear your story. Thank you.” Um, Wow! These words touched me so deeply. And the reality is Dan and I are the ones who were honored by the invitation to participate in the event to kickoff this unbelievable Spring Break journey the ATO brothers at Grand Valley State University are taking this week. If you’re wondering what is so unbelievable about their journey, I’ll let the bullet points from...

Meagan Freeman guest post

We are grateful to feature a guest post from Meagan Freeman, RN, FNP-BC. Meagan is a Nurse Practitioner and mother living with Multiple Sclerosis. We encourage you to read more of her writing at Motherhood, and Other Traumatic Experiences. Metamorphosis All is temporary, including darkness. Butterflies are a wonderful example of this. Look at these incredibly beautiful creatures, fluttering and dancing on flowers like living magical fairies from some other world. These are some of the most graceful, elegant creatures on Earth, but they did not start out this way, did...

We’ve been busy bloggers

OK, so we haven’t posted here since Dec. 28 of last year, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t been writing essays about our lives and moving forward with MS. We’ve had opportunities to share our stories on some incredible MS-related blogs these past few weeks, and we’re excited to share them with you here. We hope you have a few minutes to read these guest essays posted on “Modern Day MS” and “Multiple Sclerosis, Motherhood, and Other Traumatic Experiences.” It is an honor to have our writing featured on both these blogs...

Jim Harbaugh and my MS

All this hype surrounding the University of Michigan potentially naming Jim Harbaugh as its new football coach got me thinking about my Multiple Sclerosis. No really, it did. Follow this train of thought that logically connects one of my biggest regrets to the Wolverines and their 1997 college football national championship. My story goes a little something like this: I’ve always been a daddy’s girl, and as such, I went to Michigan football games with my dad. The Maize and Blue always has been in my dad’s family. His father/my grandfather played for the Wolverines...

Meme MS inspiration

You likely have seen a meme. Facebook, Twitter and other social media resources are chock full of these images or pieces of text intended to make people laugh, think or feel inspired and ultimately moved to share them with their friends and followers. We’ve tried our hands (and invoked the help of our talented friends who know a thing or two about graphic design) in developing such images based on our personal experiences in rising above Multiple Sclerosis. They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Given that we both are writers, we think a picture is worth even...

Mumma is 40

Yes, my Mumma is FORTY. And while Mumma may not have accomplished everything she planned at 39, like driving or seeing St. Louis, she and Dan sure have done some other great stuff this year. They have spoken about their life and Multiple Sclerosis, the successes and challenges of the disease, in more places than I care to remember. They were in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Iowa, and do I even get a lousy T-shirt? NO! Fine. I wouldn’t have wanted one anyway. But perhaps one of the best things that has been keeping Mumma busy this year is her PT at Level 11 Physical...

Yvonne deSousa guest post

We couldn’t be more excited to introduce you all to our incredibly talented (and hilarious!) blogging friend Yvonne DeSousa! It truly is our pleasure to feature a guest post from her on our blog. We connected with Yvonne through Twitter, where we soon learned more about her blog (yvonndesousa.com) and her recently released book (“MS Madness! A ‘Giggle More, Cry Less Story of Multiple Sclerosis’”). Such great writing and we encourage you all to check them out soon!  Thank you, Yvonne, and to our readers: Get ready to giggle and learn more about one of the many...

But in our defense

As our cat Cooper so clearly pointed out in his last blog post, Dan and I are a very busy couple. I’m still not sure if we stay so busy because we are trying to stay in front of our Multiple Sclerosis, or because we want to take advantage of every amazing opportunity this disease presents to us. What? I can hear you saying. But yes, it is true. MS has presented us both with our fair share of challenges, but at the same time, we’ve been given the chance to meet and connect with so many amazing people. For instance, last week, I “met” fellow blogger Yvonne deSousa....