Only 26 Days Left!

Well hello and Happy Tuesday! There’s been a spike in email subscribers since my most recent article for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s blog, so WELCOME, everyone, and thank you! 🙂

It just dawned on me this morning that there are only 26 days left until my local Walk MS event and I need to get back on the fundraising train.

This cause is, of course, very close to my heart (and neurons!) and it would mean so much to me if you might consider donating and helping me reach (and surpass!) my goal. Every dollar truly makes an impact toward research and treatment options for those living with multiple sclerosis.

Here is my personal Walk MS page and here is the link to take you directly to my donations page. Be sure to find out if your employer matches charitable donations–I believe there’s a prompt and a very easy and quick tool to do so built right into the donation process.

If you are unable to help monetarily and still would like to contribute to my fundraising goal, please share my page (http://main.nationalmssociety.org/goto/stappas) with your friends and family.

I’m so excited to participate in this amazing event for my third year in a row and am so thankful that I’m physically able to walk for those who cannot. Every single dollar, every single step makes a difference.

Thank you so much!

 

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The Power of “How Are You?”

My dear friends, you motivated this little blog. I started it, after being told by quite a few of you how badly you wanted to ask about my MS, but didn’t know how. I’m hoping that my first few entries have been helpful for you—they certainly have been for me. Disease makes me uncomfortable, too. Writing here has given me some long overdue catharsis and for that, I thank you.

I hope my entries don’t come off as too morose or teeter on the dangerous edge of “why me?”—Because, really, why not me? I’m no one special. I many times wish I had started this sooner, perhaps during the diagnosis process, the trial and error in treatments, the truly scary moments…Everything was new then and maybe I’d have more to say.

Sometimes I feel a little silly or even guilty writing these, because the truth is: I am very fortunate in the very slow rate that my disease seems to be progressing. My doctor has called me “lucky.”  The good days easily outnumber the few bad days. It could be so much worse. There is so much suffering out there and I am so thankful my little hurdles are enough for me to manage.

The feedback I’ve received here has all been positive and I’m delighted that the things I have shared so far seem to be educational and beneficial.

So! Let’s jump right in. A phone call I received yesterday is my inspiration for this particular post and I hope you are able to take something from it. Continue reading “The Power of “How Are You?””

A Little Bit About The Husband Whose Wife Has MS

So apparently National Family Caregivers Month is a thing and it’s happening now!

I need to salute my personal caregiver in this entry. I try to show my gratitude frequently, but I feel like it’s never sufficient enough.

We were engaged to be married for about a year before we got the phone call telling me that the western blot came back negative for Lyme disease. Once Lyme was ruled out, I just knew. We were sitting in the car before a fireworks display, just over a year before we were set to be wed, and I offered him an out. Continue reading “A Little Bit About The Husband Whose Wife Has MS”

A Thank You

I’ve tossed around the idea of starting a blog for a couple of years now, ever since those scary few weeks before (and after) receiving a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis.

I kept a handwritten journal for a short time and, after stumbling across it recently, I’m relieved that it was for my eyes only and not published all over the internarf. As time went by and I adjusted to my new life, I assumed that no one would read anything I wrote. Of course that doesn’t really matter, but my hope was that others might benefit (to whatever extent, great or small) from this in some way if I put it all out there in such a public and permanent form. Continue reading “A Thank You”