Our very Osmond anniversary

Call it convenient timing, but the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Michigan Chapter hosted its annual Women on the Move Luncheon Tuesday, Sept. 10, in downtown Detroit. It was the same day that Jennifer and I celebrated our eighth wedding anniversary. Hmmmmm …. The foundation of Jennifer and my story is that we met at a NMSS event, so it seemed quite appropriate to celebrate our special day at an MS function, right? In addition to the opportunity to get dressed up and spend the day with some of our Michigan Chapter friends in a high-class hotel, we were excited to...

Inspiration is all around

Not so long ago, it really would puzzle me when someone would tell me what an inspiration I was. Generally, I would smile, say thanks and think to myself, “You really should strive to find inspiration in something a little higher than me and my Multiple Sclerosis.” I mean, has anyone ever told you what an inspiration you are? An inspiration not because of your latest accomplishment but because you’re living with MS or some other illness. Really, like you had a choice in that matter? It wasn’t as though some great mystic force said, “How about living with a...

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...