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...

Mannequins and Disability

Mannequins and disability. Who would think of such a strange combination? And who would want to see images like those? After all disability is different and strange, maybe even a little scary. That differentness may explain why I would never expect to see images of the disabled as mannequins used in storefront windows. But that all changed when Dan sent me a link he saw on Facebook. It was to an article about how some physically disabled figures quickly became the center of attention late last year. The Internet and social media were abuzz telling the story and showing a...

Jennifer of all trades. Master of Arts.

On Dec. 16, 2010, Jennifer posted “Halfway through.” In this blog she talked about how much work she had completed toward her Master of Arts in Humanities degree, as well as the equal amount she had left to finish in order to graduate from Central Michigan University. On May 4, 2013, her dream of a master’s degree became an educated reality. So was the amount of work, sleepless nights and MS-related pain and challenges all worth it? What does her smile tell...

How we roll

I don’t think we want to have MS today. We’re too busy. Oh sure, my hands burn with numbness, and I’m sure Jennifer has her own issues. Going to bed at 11 p.m. and getting up at 3:30 in the morning will have a negative impact on even the healthiest of people. But don’t tell us that we both have Multiple Sclerosis and should take it easy; that our bodies need a lot of rest. I’m incredibly busy at work coordinating communication plans for some big projects, such as Retired Army General Colin Powell speaking on Central Michigan University’s campus Jan. 24, and...

I’ve been thinking…

I spent a large part of my summer thinking and learning about disability. Sounds silly right? After all, I shouldn’t need to learn about disability since I live it—having relied on a wheelchair for the last ten years, but now I see disability differently. I better understand the societal, financial, and political realities of having a disability. Plus, I know that there is more to disability than not being able to walk. Disability includes many other deficits, be that hearing, vision, or cognition. And I realize this not only because of my graduate classes at CMU...