It’s not every day that you can say that you interviewed a professional athlete – let alone a 3x Stanley Cup winner – but, I did just that. Bryan Bickell, formerly of the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks and the Carolina Hurricanes, was generous enough to share his story and experiences living with multiple sclerosis.
This interview was important to me on several levels – but most importantly, because Bryan Bickell, while a tremendously successful athlete, is still just a normal guy. He’s a 30-something year old dad, husband, and friend, who was just as scared as any of us when he learned the news of his diagnosis. But, instead of hiding behind closed doors, Bryan and his wife Amanda, are opening up and sharing their story, and how they’re helping others in a similar position. It’s no surprise why he’s been coined #BickellBrave Read more
In case you missed it, last week I posted an entry about how I am seeking to find better balance with everything going on in my life. Between my workload and personal life, I’ve been feeling a little run down lately and subsequently my MS has been acting up (you can read full entry here). I was looking for ways to improve my physical and mental health and requested any tips or tricks from readers and you all delivered! Read more
Whether you’re a working mom, a stay at home mom or dabbling in the world of both, one thing is for certain – finding a balance between the two is hard. Perhaps you’re feeling guilty for overworking and not being home enough or you’re constantly chasing after a toddler and longing for parts of your pre-baby identity back; regardless, I think it’s common for moms to struggle with “doing it all”. Read more
Close to a year ago I did something that was so uncharacteristically like me. I quit my stable, well-respected corporate job with no promising plans in sight.
At the time, I felt like I needed to focus on myself, my health and my baby, who was only 4 months old; I needed to make my personal life a priority. The logical and rational side of me had a tough time remedying that decision, particularly because I had worked hard to get where I was professionally. I worked my way up the corporate ladder over the past 10 years trading in agency life for client side, pushing for promotion after promotion while going to grad school at night. Needless to say, quitting my job without a plan was not in my plan. Read more
📢 Callin’ all MSers in the Chicagoland area! Do you want to make an easy $150 just for sharing your story and experience with MS? I’ve partnered up with a market research group who is willing to compensate you generously for a 90-minute in-person interview this Weds, 8/2 in downtown Chicago.
Click here to participate and make sure you mention my blog “Well and a Strong with MS. OR, you can contact Sally directly at 267-705-6803 and reference Study S15873 and Well and Strong with MS.
Let me know if you participate and hopefully I’ll see ya there
I am excited to introduce you all to Beth Prystowsky, an inspirational MSer, mom and yogi who has created one of the top MS websites for research, information, and inspiration – Modern Day MS.
Modern Day MS is a valuable asset for anyone with MS. Although we’ve never met in person, I’ve followed Beth and Modern Day MS on Facebook religiously (you should too!) and am so appreciative to have found a positive source of inspiration about MS online. Her website includes key research, treatment options and even recommended neurologists so it’s a great place to search for more info (especially for those of you who are recently diagnosed!). Read more
Exciting news! “Well and Strong with MS” was just rated one of the “Top 10 Blogs for MS” by Medical News Today! MNT is a market leader for medical news that receives 12M monthly visits and compiled the best blogs for “information, support and inspiration to help those who are living with the disease.” I’m so honored to have made the cut! Read more
The Women on the Move Luncheon, which supports raising funds for the National MS Society, was the first event I went to just 2 months after my diagnosis with MS. I remember attending the luncheon vividly, as it had such an emotional impact on me. I walked into the ballroom at the Ritz Carlton hotel and was instantly brought to tears. Just a few months before that event, I had walked into that same ballroom but for a very different reason. My entry was to announce our marriage as husband and wife, the happiest of occasions, but this time, I was overwhelmed with fear, sadness and disbelief. How quickly life had changed. Read more
I received this note over the weekend and the message was so inspiring that I felt compelled to share with you all this Monday morning…
“Good for you Angie! I wish you all of the best. You are young and strong. You and your doctor should be able to control of your disease very effectively. You would be short changing yourself and your family to feel anything less than alive, vibrant, and positive.
I have had primary progressive MS for 16 years and I have become severely disabled. I get in and out of bed, on and off the toilet, in and out of the shower with a ceiling track system and someone to help me. I don’t have to worry about making it to the bathroom on time because I have a “upra-pubic” catheter that drains into a bag belted around my calf. All of that and even more!
Yet through all of it, I wake up with a purpose every morning, a smile on my face, and a kiss from my wife. It is what it is. It becomes what I make of it.”
Thank you, Joe, for putting life in perspective today.
Let’s all make the most of Joe’s message and remind ourselves to take a step back to realize how good we really have it. Joe is an example to us all that a positive attitude truly is everything.
Have a good week, everyone!
Walk MS Chicago was last Sunday, April 30, and I can proudly report that we raised close to $25K! This was a huge accomplishment that was only made possible because of the kindness and generosity of you guys, so thank you. Read more