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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, “Can you imagine how awesome we could be if we tried just a little harder?”
Honestly, he wasn’t saying that we are lazy or anything. After all, we have stayed pretty busy. We continue writing, in December, we shared some of our thoughts about Love, Marriage, and MS for Healthline and recently wrote an essay about the power of music for Mango Health. We also continue to stay active with our church and MS community. Plus, I can’t forget Dan’s full-time job at Central Michigan University.
But somehow that question keeps coming back to me: “Can you imagine how awesome we could be if we tried just a little harder?”
I really have been giving that a lot of thought, maybe there is a shred of truth in the idea that if we tried harder, we could be even more awesome.
I wonder if we cut ourselves slack because we are living with Multiple Sclerosis. Is that our excuse for taking it easy on a tough day? And if it is, should it be? Because isn’t most everyone going through something? Or dealing with some condition? That’s life, and I’m not trying to be cold.
In reality, we are doing well; imagine what we could accomplish if we put in a concerted effort?
From the little things like enjoying more quality family time and getting more rest, to the biggies like actually following that healthy diet and moving more, you may have more control than you realize. There’s that old adage, the world is your oyster. In other words, you are in a position to take advantage of the opportunities that life has to offer.
So I in 2017, I am going to control and realize my awesomeness. Who’s with me?

MS lessons learned on unwanted anniversary

When a child turns 18, that child is an adult, right? On his or her own. That’s the deal. Independence at eighteen. November 14, 2015, marked my 18 years. Time for my freedom. That’s how it’s supposed to be. Only one small thing: Freedom is not on my horizon. Even though I’m fully willing to…Continue Reading

Manage MS fatigue on your own terms

According to, “Unexplained fatigue and weakness affect about 80 percent of people in the early stages of MS.” We’re tired of hearing about it. Sure, at the core we are among the aforementioned 80 percent dealing with high levels of low energy, exhaustion and weakness. It is easy to say that MS is the…Continue Reading

In front of Pharma in Philadelphia

In a less-than-silent protest Cooper is not posting his Monday morning blog this week. He’s extremely upset with Jennifer and me and made this known the second we got home late Thursday night. I kid you not: Cooper ripped off a litany of what I could only interpret as foul-mouthed meows to scold us for…Continue Reading