Category Archives: Caregiving

Connecting MS to spring training

When I met Dan on September 28, 2002, I remember thinking that he was cute, charming and easy to talk to. He also had strong faith and understood the realities of life with Multiple Sclerosis.

As my mom and I drove home from the Finding Your Buried Treasure program where we met earlier that day, I kept hoping I’d see him again, soon! All of his great qualities were whizzing through my brain. But I didn’t want to get too excited. I was not getting my hopes up, which would save me from getting hurt.

And never mind the fact he was a Springsteen fan AND he liked baseball, both of which made me say, “Yuck!”

Who’s counting, but this was us before the last time we saw Springsteen in April 2016 at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

Fast forward 15 years, and I’ve seen Springsteen in concert nine times and absolutely love his music. Crazy-addictive it is. And I went to a baseball game on my honeymoon … and it was MY idea! I guess the love of a good man can change a girl, right?

Now check this out: I was able to work with Dan to write a guest post for the Mango Health blog that ties staying in the game with a chronic illness (like MS) to the lessons learned at MLB spring training. A blog essay. By me. About baseball. Who is this woman? 😉

I hope you enjoy this, and we look forward to the arrival of spring Monday and the opening day April 2!

It’s just a cold, right?

It’s 40 degrees and raining on Monday. Then you wake up to sunshine and a crisp 18 degrees on Tuesday … just in time for 32 degrees and six inches of snow by the weekend. No wonder sniffles, sneezes and tissues take over our lives throughout the winter months. We’ve all been there, right? But…Continue Reading

Odds and Ends

Merriam‑Webster defines “odds and ends” as, “miscellaneous articles or remnants.” This is a perfect title to capture all of the assorted bits I want to share on this chilly fall morning. First and foremost, Dan and I thank each and every one of you who shared kind thoughts and words consoling us after Cooper’s sudden…Continue Reading

Goodbye, Sprout

I don’t want to write this today. Heck, Dan and I really haven’t felt much like writing period. Maybe our not writing is due to the gloomy fall weather outside. Perhaps its Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).  Yes, maybe that is it. Seasons changing. Knowing that another cold, snowy Michigan winter is right around the corner.…Continue Reading

Weighing in on MS and obesity research

By now you may have read a news article or two focused on the relationship between obesity and Multiple Sclerosis. Articles with ominous headlines like: “New Study Provides More Evidence That Obesity Increases Risk for Developing MS” “Obesity Epidemic May Contribute To Multiple Sclerosis; Increases Risk By 40%.” Articles like these show the growing body…Continue Reading

An MS caregiving story in pictures

It’s always humbling when people want to know more about us and about our shared battle with Multiple Sclerosis. Jennifer and I comment that our life together and serving as each other’s caregiver is an open book, and we’re willing to answer pretty much any question. Leave it to a Central Michigan University student to make…Continue Reading

Mind if we play through?

I enjoy that even with the challenges Jennifer and I face in living with MS, every day life is everyday life. The effects of these challenges  – including everything from her inability to walk to my constantly numb hands and feet – merely are par for our courses of this disease. It’s as though we…Continue Reading