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....

There they go again

It is hard to believe it has been more than a month since I’ve shared my wisdom with you, dear readers. How have you survived without me? Well, never fear, I’m back! And as usual, I bring inspiration and wise words about life. Mumma and Dan are fine, busy as usual. Tomorrow morning, Mumma will have her second Rituximab infusion. In case you forgot, she is using this more aggressive medication to treat her Multiple Sclerosis. Dan will be with her and, hopefully, he will be able to get some studying done. After all, he is on track to finish his graduate degree from...

Place your bet

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...