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Hope everyone had a very Happy Thanksgiving! As the shopping season, or should that say Christmas season, begins today I thought this link would give you some great gift buying suggestions for anyone in your life, whether or not the person you are shopping for has Multiple Sclerosis. Happy gift hunting  Speaking of gifts, I cannot believe I didn’t mention my turning 39 a little more than three weeks ago. Hard to believe it has been four years since I wrote one of my favorite blogs: 35. In it I was stressing about turning 35 and now, with my turning 40 in less than a...

MS, Disability and Mickey Mouse

It’s a world of laughter, a world of tears It’s a world of hopes and a world of fears There’s so much that we share that it’s time we’re aware It’s a small world after all Be honest, how long did it take before you joined in singing this Disney classic? It’s infectious and I have always cherished my memories of the trips I’ve taken my parents and brother to Walt Disney World. Yes, most of these trips were taken when I was a child; i.e. before my life with Multiple Sclerosis began. Following my diagnosis, I still was able to enjoy...

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...

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...

MS and a 6th grader’s vision

Ryan Backus hadn’t really heard of Multiple Sclerosis before March of this year. The Fancher Elementary School student was focused more on the activities and issues that typically concern 11-year-old boys. You know, things like making art, drawing pictures, playing baseball and hockey and rehearsing for the 6th grade Mock Rock event. But his not-so-typical business venture – it’s a story that’s in line with many of the entrepreneurial endeavors featured on ABC’s Shark Tank – quickly introduced Ryan to MS and is leading him to donate a share of his targeted...