Episode 72 – Taking on Sarah & Carl’s MS love story
A Couple Takes on MS
by Digmann/Evon
4d ago
We’ve never met Sarah Kirwan and Carl Deriso as a married couple, let alone had a shared conversation with the two of them. But less than two minutes into our chat with the Arizona couple, it was like we were catching up and laughing with longtime friends. They had us at hello. And we, as A Couple Takes On MS, think they’ll have you there too. Consider these facts about this Sarah and Carl: • Sarah was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2011 • Carl was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1996 • They met at an MS support group in May 2016 and started dating shortly after • They got married i ..read more
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Episode 71 – Taking on dating and loving with MS
A Couple Takes on MS
by Digmann/Evon
2w ago
This episode released on Valentine’s Day so of course it embraces a theme related to maintaining loving relationships when you or your significant other are living with Multiple Sclerosis. Just think about it: all committed relationships present their share of challenges. Throw a chronic progressive disease into the mix, and this love connection suddenly presents a different sort of sclerotic dynamic. This disease literally has a lot of nerve tangling up these loving relationships! Join us as we – A Couple Takes on MS – offer our perspectives and tips into what it takes to build and strengthen ..read more
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Episode 69 – Taking on MS with Jenn Powell
A Couple Takes on MS
by Digmann/Evon
1M ago
When people ask who in the MS community inspires us, Jenn Powell is always among the top names on our list. For real. Seriously. Jenn is for real. She is living with Secondary Progressive MS and truly speaks our language: always honest about the harsh realities of this disease, yet gracious and eternally optimistic in looking for hope and brighter tomorrow. We are honored that Jenn took the time to chat with us and share her insights into everything from how she keeps such a sense of optimism in the face of MS to what is the best advice she received following her MS diagnosis and who she turns ..read more
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Episode 68 – Taking on inclusion despite disabilities
A Couple Takes on MS
by Digmann/Evon
2M ago
It’s one thing to not be included in social activities, but the perceived intention shifts for people who are living with visible or invisible disabilities. Questions like, “How much did my disability play into me being excluded?” or “Do my friends really not like having me around?” quickly create a sense of doubt and self-worth. We know. We’ve both been there. Join us for this episode of “A Couple Takes on MS,” as we delve into the crucial topic of inclusion and shine a spotlight on the significance of embracing individuals with both visible and invisible disabilities. Throughout the episode ..read more
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Episode 67 – An MS in Their Voices collection
A Couple Takes on MS
by Digmann/Evon
2M ago
Take a moment this holiday season to stop and breathe. Listen to the laughter. The songs. This silence. The stories. A regular segment for our A Couple Takes on MS podcast is “MS in Their Voices.” This segment features the writing of MS authors who will read to you the powerful words of their personal essays, poetry and prose. In this episode, we have compiled a collection of these featured authors who shared their writings in their voices with our listeners and us in past episodes: • Tamara Sellman • Tyler Campbell • Julie Stamm • Dan Digmann As Jennifer said, “Grab a cup of hot cocoa (of you ..read more
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Episode 66 – Transforming caregiving stress into strength
A Couple Takes on MS
by Digmann/Evon
3M ago
More than 50 million people across the United States live with the primary responsibility of caring for a loved one, such as a spouse. A parent. A child. A sibling. A close relative. A friend. They are the family caregivers who offer their selfless support for everything from managing and administering medications to assisting with the most basic tasks of daily living.  November is National Family Caregivers Month in the U.S., which calls attention to family caregivers and the important role they play in the lives of those they care for.  In this episode of A Couple Takes on MS podca ..read more
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Episode 65 – MS & why you should never stop learning
A Couple Takes on MS
by Digmann/Evon
4M ago
Imagine if you stopped learning after you graduated from high school. Or, how about after college? Think of everything you would have missed. See what we did there? We just made you think. Learning is so important, and it never stops. It becomes even more vital after you are diagnosed with having a chronic illness like Multiple Sclerosis. Join us for this episode of A Couple Takes on MS Podcast as we explore the all-around benefits that continued learning has on you and your life. After all, education can lead to instilling positive health beliefs, knowledge and lifestyle choices. Developing b ..read more
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Episode 64 – Motivation in the face of MS
A Couple Takes on MS
by Digmann/Evon
4M ago
One of our regular listeners sent us what seemingly was a simple question: “What keeps you motivated in living with Multiple Sclerosis?” Simple, right? Not necessarily. While it wasn’t necessarily a complex question to answer, it was, shall we say, “Multifaceted.” Join us for this episode of A Couple Takes on MS Podcast as we unearth some of the elements we turn to daily that give us the encouragement we need to: • Get out of bed in the morning • Move forward throughout the day • Go to bed each night feeling like we’ve either made a difference or like we need to give ourselves grace and know w ..read more
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Episode 63 – The high co$t of living with M$
A Couple Takes on MS
by Digmann/Evon
5M ago
The annual economic burden for the nearly 1 million people living with Multiple Sclerosis in the U.S. is, wait for it … $85.4 billion. That’s billion. With a “b.” The $85.4 billion, according to a report from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, is the total cost to all of society, which includes people living with MS; employers; health insurers; and federal, state and local government. Join us for this episode of A Couple Takes on MS Podcast as we bring awareness to the high-cost realities of what it takes to live with MS and a disability. The reality is that there is nothing ch ..read more
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Episode 62 – Taking on changes in season & MS
A Couple Takes on MS
by Digmann/Evon
5M ago
The first day of Fall is Saturday, September 23, 2023. Oh, Fall.  Dan and I both love this season. The cooler temperatures, the plethora of football games, the vibrant colors of changing leaves, and the comfort of a cozy sweater on a crisp day. Sounds so lovely, doesn’t it? It is. But Fall also has a few less-than-ideal aspects. Join us for this episode as we discuss the impact seasonal changes have on MS symptoms and what can be done to prepare for or thwart any adverse effects.   One of the biggest challenges Dan has to overcome is ragweed. That allergen and its pollen is everywher ..read more
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