Faces of MS: Bryan Bickell, Former NHL Player

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

Support My Walk To Fight MS

As you all know, finding a cure for multiple sclerosis is something that’s near and dear to my heart. Whether through donating or walking along side me, I’d like to ask for your support in this year’s Walk MS, a fundraiser supporting the National MS Society and furthering research for medical advancements and promise for a cure.

  • When: Sunday, April 30 at 11am (suggest getting there at 10:45am)
  • Where: Soldier Field – Southeast field

Can’t make it but want to support the cause? You can donate here. Please see inside for all the details on how you can get involved.

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Finding Your New Normal

It’s 9am on a Friday morning as I sit patiently awaiting an IV so I can begin my monthly infusion. I make small talk with the nurses after taking my routine pregnancy test to ensure my heavy-duty medicine doesn’t harm my apparent unborn child. Unfazed, I ask Jenny how her daughter is and then look around the room to see if any of the other usual suspects are here. Within a few minutes, I have 115 mL of Tysabri being pumped into my veins that will slow down my overactive immune system for next 30 days. As I sit back to begin two hours of frivolous busy work to pass the time, I can’t help but think to myself: This is my new normalRead more

Breastfeeding and MS

Breastfeeding is a pretty loaded topic in the world of moms. There’s a certain pressure to breastfeed since research suggests it’s better for your baby and what mom doesn’t want to give their baby the best? Plus, it seems like the natural thing to do since your body is physically producing exactly what your baby needs for potentially the first year of life. Read more

Road to Tysabri

While there is no cure for MS, there are several medicinal options that aim to reduce the frequency and severity of attacks and prevent new lesions from developing. I remember researching MS treatments online after my diagnosis and there must have been 12 of them to choose from…

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