Walks MS and what WE do to fight our dis...

Dan and I didn’t have a choice when we were diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, and combined we have battled it for nearly 25 years. But we soon realized that the choice was all ours when we decided how we were going to live with the disease. As we’ve often told the members of our MS support group, be your own best advocates in living and dealing with this disease. And members of the group came together on April 30 to do exactly that by participating in the Walk MS event in Midland. With Dan serving as the captain of the group’s team – GC Sea Turtles – our...

What would you do?

In a surreal sort of way, I felt like the bad guy in a situation stripped straight from ABC’s hidden camera ethical dilemma series, What Would You Do?, hosted by John Quinones. But I had every reason and right to have our van parked in a handicapped parking spot close to Anspach Hall. Even after I just finished running my four-mile route on Central Michigan University’s Mount Pleasant campus. Part of me felt guilty, the other part was just itching for somebody to call me out on it. Unfortunately, nobody ever did. But had someone ever asked how I—a runner—could...

The bathroom floor imprinted on my face

Yes, on my face. Couldn’t have happened at a worse time. Or so I thought. Right there on a break from my class, Dan was helping me to pivot in the Anspach Hall bathroom and SMACK! Profanity! Profanity! Profanity! And Tears … tears … tears. And that wasn’t just me. I heard profanity and tears coming from Dan too. It was frightening, fast and so sudden. I couldn’t even lift my head off the tile. I didn’t want to even move and I was face down on a public bathroom floor. That’s how bad it hurt. This was supposed to be a standard trip to the bathroom. Same as we...

“Look Who’s Talking”

The following article appeared in the Morning Sun on Thursday, Oct. 14. It didn’t appear in the online version of the paper, so we’re reprinting it here. We look forward to sharing our stories to benefit the Mt. Pleasant Community Foundation Women’s Initiative—which provides for the needs of women and girls in Isabella County—through its annual “Look Who’s Talking” Speaker Series. See the story for event details, and if you’re in the Mt. Pleasant area Nov. 3, we invite you to attend and play a role in the success of the...

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...