The Fighting Shamrocks: Rebecca’s story...

When Jennifer and I arrived at the Bike MS event in East Lansing, Mich., we were humbled after a woman approached us to say how much our book and our presentation at the NMSS Michigan Chapter annual meeting a few years ago meant to her. Little did we know she soon would blow us away with a presentation of her own. Rebecca Kuchar was a featured speaker at the Bike MS reception that night, leaving most of us in tears with her story and inspiring us to do more to support the more than 400,000 Americans living with this disease. We are so excited and appreciative that Rebecca...

Advocacy starts here

Sometimes, it’s easy to feel powerless when you’re living with a chronic illness. Maybe because of your disease you can’t stand or work or control the course of your condition. We live with a lot of this everyday. But in our determination we offset these “Can’ts” with activities that make us feel powerful. Advocating for ourselves and more than 18,000 people in Michigan and 400,000 nationwide living with MS always empowers us. And we’re feeling pretty proud of our efforts today to make our voices heard with this Letter to the Editor we sent to the local...

I did it! Now what?

I had not been so excited for a date to come since my wedding day almost eight years ago, but May 4, 2013 was the day I’d been imagining and dreaming about for the past five years. As Dan mentioned in his last post, May 4th was my graduation day from Central Michigan University. On that sunny Saturday, I donned my mortarboard cap, black gown and white-trimmed hood and graduated with my M.A. in Humanities. Since then it has been quite a month-long celebration with family and friends, which I have relished. First, I celebrated on graduation day with Dan, my parents and...

Jennifer of all trades. Master of Arts.

On Dec. 16, 2010, Jennifer posted “Halfway through.” In this blog she talked about how much work she had completed toward her Master of Arts in Humanities degree, as well as the equal amount she had left to finish in order to graduate from Central Michigan University. On May 4, 2013, her dream of a master’s degree became an educated reality. So was the amount of work, sleepless nights and MS-related pain and challenges all worth it? What does her smile tell...

Our true love story

I always tell my interns to write tight. Make each word count. I hope I make them proud with this post as I let the humbling work of others speak volumes. See for yourself why Jennifer and I gratefully offer huge thanks to: • Adam Miedema – our friend and my Central Michigan University colleague – for his vision to produce this video as a way to share our love story with others • Cynthia Drake – another one of our friends and another one of my CMU colleagues – for her vision to include it with her story about Multiple Sclerosis in the latest issue of...

Being orange

Step into my office. Or, better yet, step into our Springsteen room. Either way, you’ll immerse yourself in a sea of orange. It’s a strong citrus sort of color that screams, “LOOK AT ME!” but it’s lack of neon flare whispers, “i promise i won’t bite.” My consistent color palate at work and at home is obnoxious to some; applauded by others. Many are perplexed by this vibrant autumn hue that I – a relatively reserved and mild-mannered man – purposely selected for the two rooms in which I spend a great deal of my waking hours. Orange is the color for...