Doors wide open

At this time twenty years ago, I was a carefree teenager looking forward to getting my driver’s license. Disability was a word I hardly knew. Fast forward to the present, I am a graduate student able to access my college library through power-assist doors and an elevator that takes me all the way to the fourth floor. These are just some of the benefits I have through the Americans with Disabilities Act. It was twenty years ago this past Monday, July 26, that President George H.W. Bush signed the ADA. This legislation has allowed me, and millions of other Americans...

‘Every day, I embrace’

My days are numbered. Medical experts essentially tell me this all the time. I heard it most recently when I attended an MS conference last weekend hosted by the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor. In not so many words, they said that most people with Multiple Sclerosis live with the relapsing-remitting form of the disease for so long and eventually transition to the secondary-progressive form after they’ve had the disease for 10 years. I hate it when I go to these kinds of things because they often provide a subtle yet very in-my-face reminder that I truly...