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....

A needle, an M.R.I., and a paper. Oh my!

Oh my indeed, and a Happy Monday morning to you, dear readers, Life around the Digmann house has been quite busy. Maybe not for me (as I am a cat), but surely for Mumma and Dan. As you may have read in Mumma’s post last week, she hopes to start a new therapy, Retuximab, to treat her Multiple Sclerosis. In order to do that, she needed to have an M.R.I. to establish a baseline of how that stupid disease has been treating her. Of course nothing ever is as simple as that. MS patients often need to have an M.R.I. with contrast which enhances the scan’s images. The...

Mr. and Mrs. Digmann go to Washington

Either our Multiple Sclerosis finally is starting to get to us or we really are getting old. Dan and I are leaning toward the latter (OUCH!). What else would explain how we have been back from Washington, D.C., for over three weeks and have not written about this incredible experience? The Michigan Chapter of the National MS Society asked us to serve as the state’s delegates to the NMSS Public Policy Conference in Arlington, Va., and Washington, D.C., March 10-12. What an amazing time we had connecting with other MS activists from across the nation and making our voices...

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...

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...