Blog

Giggle More, Cry Less!

Have you ever read a great book and dreamed of talking to the author? Well I did just that! First through e-mail, then on the phone and now we’re even Facebook friends! Yes, I stalked her. Can you tell I’m a little smitten?   The Author: Yvonne deSousa. The Book: MS Madness! A “Giggle More Cry Less” Story of Multiple…

Continue Reading

What Are YOU Putting Off?

What’s something important that you keep putting off until later? What’s hanging over your head? Exercise? Building your business? Changing your diet? Are you waiting for the perfect time? Does this sound familiar? When I get everything else done, then I’ll be able to do it. I’ll be ready after my next birthday or after this year or after my son/daughter…

Continue Reading

A Day In The Life…With an Invisible Disease

If I had a dollar for every time someone told me that I don’t look like someone with MS, I’d be able to afford my health insurance! But seriously, do you know someone who has MS or another invisible disease?  Or maybe you have one yourself and you wonder if anybody understands.   Meet Chadd Bartlett He’s a really kind,…

Continue Reading

Find The Funny

People around me often wonder how I’m able to keep moving forward with a smile in spite of my challenging situation. Let me ask you this, have you ever been at a funeral and found yourself feeling guilty when you laughed at something humorous? It happens. Even in our darkest times, our funny bones can get tickled. Bottom line, our…

Continue Reading

It Takes a Village

“It takes a village.” That statement takes on a new meaning when looking back at pivotal people in our lives. Today is a chance to spotlight a few of them who are mentioned in my Stumble to Rise book. No, I didn’t change their names. That would make sense if I needed to “protect the innocent” but instead they deserve…

Continue Reading

My Greatest Influence

Stumble to Rise is about my life but like all of us, I’m a compilation of those who’ve influenced me. I feature one of them today: My Dad — Max D. Whitlock. Both of my parents greatly inspired me. But it’s my dad, in particular, whom I’m most like. Due to the cruelty of Alzheimer’s, Dad won’t be able to…

Continue Reading

The Stumble is Real This Week!

When I was diagnosed with MS in ‘95, I promptly joined a gym and chose to ignore the disease I’d strangely acquired. I mistakenly rejected a preventive drug therapy and instead planned to eliminate my MS with exercise. I lived in denial and hid my disease from others. I was afraid of being labeled by a diagnosis. Thanks to wisdom…

Continue Reading

He Runs, He Stumbles, He Rises

Jonathan Davidson is a father, husband, fellow MS Warrior and advocate and oh yes — a Marathon Man! Less than a year after being married, his first MS attack manifested itself in 2001 over a period of a couple months affecting his feet, legs, torso, hands, and arms. In the prime of his life he was diagnosed with the Relapsing…

Continue Reading

The Risk of NOT Taking a RISK!

I find Winston Churchill’s quote particularly fitting on this day; a day that I continue to write and wonder what will become of my project. Have you ever noticed that when you take a risk, the voices in your head start questioning your decision? I’ve been fighting mine lately. “Are you sure about this author thing? You might fall flat…

Continue Reading