How we roll

I don’t think we want to have MS today. We’re too busy. Oh sure, my hands burn with numbness, and I’m sure Jennifer has her own issues. Going to bed at 11 p.m. and getting up at 3:30 in the morning will have a negative impact on even the healthiest of people. But don’t tell us that we both have Multiple Sclerosis and should take it easy; that our bodies need a lot of rest. I’m incredibly busy at work coordinating communication plans for some big projects, such as Retired Army General Colin Powell speaking on Central Michigan University’s campus Jan. 24, and...

Musical birthday memories

“In Xanadu, did Kubla Khan a stately pleasure dome decree…” So sayeth Olivia Newton-John in one of my all-time favorite movies: Xanadu. I love this 1980 film that was billed as, “A Fantasy, A Musical, A Place Where Dreams Come True.” I love its music, storyline, the roller-skating, and its abundant cheesiness. And I love how it takes me back to my childhood. I’ll admit it: The summer my parents first got cable television at our house, I watched Xanadu 21 times. Every time I laced up my skates that summer I pretended to be ONJ’s character, Kyra. The...

Help ‘Challenge MS’

Less than two weeks ago, we learned about a group of local people preparing to undertake the unthinkable to fight Multiple Sclerosis. They are going to ride their bikes from Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, to Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, in an ambitious endeavor to raise awareness and $20,000 to help fight MS. We, along with our friend and local MS self-help group leader Cathy, were invited to attend a recent Challenge MS fundraising event, and we couldn’t be more touched and excited by their efforts. It is our pleasure to feature this guest post by Melissa Kane – one of the...

Be a champion everyday

I need you to do something for me: Stop reading this for three seconds and think about what you consider the best victory in sports history. …………………. …………………. …………………. OK. Welcome back. What’d you come up with? Perhaps it’s the Miracle on Ice when the amateur American hockey team upset the highly favored Russian team for the gold medal in the 1980 Winter Olympics. Or is it the “Shot Heard ’Round the World” when Bobby Thompson crushed a walk-off home run in 1951 to lift the New York Giants over the Brooklyn Dodgers for the...

My MS lesson

On May 12, Dan and I will join our friends and family in Frankenmuth, Mich., for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s largest fundraiser, Walk MS. The walk is always a great event; good people, good times, an exciting atmosphere, weather that is often awful but despite that, the day is always wonderful. This is the 10thyear for our walk team, Team MonsterS. And I am the lucky captain of the team, which was among the state’s top 100 fundraisers in 2011. Yes, I’m so proud of our team. Which makes it ironic when earlier this week my mom asked, “Don’t you...

Trapped

Exactly one week ago today, I was enjoying the best concert I have ever been to. Funny—it was a show by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. Yes, the 80s rock singer of Born in the U.S.A. The guy that led me to tell my mom nearly 10 years ago, after meeting my now-husband Dan, “Sure he’s cute and all but Mom, Dan likes Bruce Springsteen. Yuck!!” But in these last 10 years, I’ve gotten familiar with and fond of Springsteen’s vast catalogue of music. It is so much more than Jersey bar band music and Born in the U.S.A. I’ve even seen Bruce and company live...