Jim Harbaugh and my MS

All this hype surrounding the University of Michigan potentially naming Jim Harbaugh as its new football coach got me thinking about my Multiple Sclerosis. No really, it did. Follow this train of thought that logically connects one of my biggest regrets to the Wolverines and their 1997 college football national championship. My story goes a little something like this: I’ve always been a daddy’s girl, and as such, I went to Michigan football games with my dad. The Maize and Blue always has been in my dad’s family. His father/my grandfather played for the Wolverines...

Meme MS inspiration

You likely have seen a meme. Facebook, Twitter and other social media resources are chock full of these images or pieces of text intended to make people laugh, think or feel inspired and ultimately moved to share them with their friends and followers. We’ve tried our hands (and invoked the help of our talented friends who know a thing or two about graphic design) in developing such images based on our personal experiences in rising above Multiple Sclerosis. They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Given that we both are writers, we think a picture is worth even...

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...

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....

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....