Category Archives: Daily Life

Embrace your caregiving strength

I never feel inferior when I overhear friends talking about their shared challenges and triumphs lifting weights at the gym. Oh, I should be jealous of their work ethic and marvel in their hard-earned masculinity. But I’m not. I truly have nothing but respect for what they accomplish through their squats, curls, presses, deadlifts and…Continue Reading

MS shouldn’t stop your summer fun

Hooray! Summer officially arrives Wednesday, June 21. That means school’s out, warmer weather, beaches, and suntan lotion, as well as family fun, vacations and reunions. But when you’re living with Multiple Sclerosis (or any other chronic illness), summer fun isn’t as simple as it used to be. We had the opportunity to share our “7…Continue Reading

A tough way to almost get to The Big Easy

To say Dan and I were looking forward to our trip to New Orleans to serve as the NMSS Louisiana Chapter’s On the Move Luncheon keynote speakers would be putting it mildly. After all, we’ve had a daily countdown written on our refrigerator for the 45 days leading up to our travels. 45… 44… and…Continue Reading

Speaking of Dan’s workplace accommodation

It wasn’t supposed to come to this: Me, asking for a workplace accommodation because of my Multiple Sclerosis. I was invincible for more than 17 years as the assistant director of publications at Central Michigan University. I even had an office on the second floor and never once flinched at repeatedly climbing two flights of…Continue Reading

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,…Continue Reading

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

Realize your awesomeness in 2017

Happy New Year! Um, yes true, it was new a few weeks ago, but nevertheless, all the best to you in 2017! May this year bring you happiness, joy and good health. These good wishes remind me of a New Year conversation Dan and I recently had. We were discussing our resolutions and he asked,…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

But I want to play too

Throughout the summers, Dan makes the most of a gift I got him when he received his master’s degree from Central Michigan University: An officially licensed CMU cornhole game, complete with maroon and gold bean bags.  Friends and family come over to cook out, hang out and chill out, and inevitably they find themselves lining…Continue Reading