Faith in the face of MS

MS and our story are making it to the East Coast! We spent nearly 45 minutes on the telephone last Monday evening with Paul Kretchmer, producer of the WIHS Journal (104.9 FM) radio program for the Christian radio station based in Middletown, Conn. He had contacted us to follow up on the news release we recently distributed about our book, Despite MS, to Spite MS. While Jennifer and I spent most of the time with Paul discussing our experiences and perspectives with the disease we share, he asked questions that presented the opportunity to talk about one of the most...

Live Fully, Fight Back and Find Hope

Teaming up with the Jenkins Group in Traverse City, Mich., we launched our first nationwide campaign promoting our book, “Despite MS, to Spite MS.” The company worked with us to develop a targeted news release and this week distributed it to nearly 2,400 media outlets nationwide, including magazines, newspapers, websites and radio and television programs. We’ve had some positive responses and are hoping to continue developing interest in the book we wrote to help others. We feel the release that the Jenkins Group developed best captures the essence of our...

Traveling, with MS

Jennifer and I have been together for nearly a decade, but she has yet to set foot into my parents’ home. We’ve gone back to my hometown of Monticello, Iowa, to spend Easter with my family each year, but the three steep steps leading into their home make it impossible for Jennifer to get inside with her power wheelchair. And so, we adapt. Read this post in its entirety and learn how we make this possible: Does MS Impact Travel Plans? Question of the...

Looking forward to going back

We write all the time but it is difficult to find the right words to describe how excited we are about our upcoming speaking event. How great that we are going to share stories and excerpts from our recently published book – Despite MS, to Spite MS – in Dan’s hometown of Monticello, Iowa! Monticello also is the location of Camp Courageous which, along with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, is one of the two organizations benefiting from the sale of our book. Camp Courageous is a year-round respite care and recreational facility for individuals of all...

“Come and see”

This Lenten season our church – Immanuel Lutheran Church – developed a devotional booklet where different members of the congregation wrote their individual reflections on John 1:43-51. Here is the devotional we wrote that appears for today, March 12. How convenient that this appears during National MS Awareness Week, March 12-18. We share Nathaniel’s uncertainty when he questions, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” When we both were diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, it was hard to believe anything good could ever come out of having a chronic...