MS and the wrong thing to say

Sometimes I wonder if people living with MS are truly empathetic toward the people who share their same diagnosis. Seriously. So often I read rants from fellow MSers who condemn critical people who don’t have the disease because they,  “ . . . don’t understand what I have to live with because I have an invisible illness.” They hate it when friends, family members and strangers throw out comments such as, “But you look so good,” “Maybe if you went on a gluten free diet,” or “I think it’s all in your head, and you’re just making up excuses.”  As...

Monday Evening Events with Cooper

Good evening, dear readers, Forgive my twelve hour lateness, but while Mumma and Dan were away this cat sure did play. Writing just wasn’t a priority when I had the whole house to myself. Yes, I enjoy being alone at times and yes, I hate being alone. And yes, I am a cat of contradictions. Now you understand why it isn’t easy being a cat? But I do it so well! MEOW!! So, back to them. Mumma and Dan were being advocates, which is very important. They were getting their voices heard at a meeting at U.S. Representative Dave Camp’s office with his District...

Accessible road trip tips

I recently was watching our friends’ 7-year-old daughter, Abby, and while we were drawing at Dan and my dining room table, our conversation went something like this: “So are you excited about Easter?” I asked. Distracted by the work of art she was creating, Abby muttered, “Uh-huh.” Trying to continue our lively discussion I inquired, “What are you doing this year?” She stopped her pencil and thought for a second. “I think pretty much the usual stuff.” When Abby resumed her refrigerator-worthy creation, she asked, “What about you, Jennifer?” “Dan and...

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...