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...

A top story at 6

We encountered some surreal sorts of moments as the nation celebrated MS Awareness Week March 11-17. As part of this celebration Jennifer and I spent all day Thursday at Central Montcalm High School in Stanton, Mich., sharing our stories with six different classes of students. High school English teacher and our friend, Theresa, had invited us to speak as guest authors after most of her students were assigned to read “Let me tell you about … Becoming the Bat Man” – an essay from our book, “Despite MS, to Spite MS,” – as part of their nonfiction writing...

Mind if we play through?

I enjoy that even with the challenges Jennifer and I face in living with MS, every day life is everyday life. The effects of these challenges  – including everything from her inability to walk to my constantly numb hands and feet – merely are par for our courses of this disease. It’s as though we are looking right at MS and asking, “Mind if we play through?” But we never stop to see if it’s granting us permission. We just tee it up and drive ourselves down the next fairway of our life together. Sure, there are plenty of sand traps, trees, doglegs,...