2.27.2014

A Trip Down Memory Lane (And a Request For Your Dollars)

 Remember back in the day when Alessandro used to walk with a cane?  


He worked at the bank.  He drove and ran errands.  He made stew.  That man could get around.

And then the not-so-long-ago days when he switched over to a walker.




He used to use that bad boy to harass squirrels.

And then remember when he used to use a wheelchair for long distances and special events...    


...like playing the pan flute on the streets of Chicago.  (I should have set him up with a bucket to see if he could earn some donations).


There was even a point when he was utterly confused about his means of transportation! 

(You are welcome for photo-shopping shorts to this picture.  He was originally in his skivvies). 
  
Now, the days of canes and walkers are long gone and he is entirely dependent on one mobility device...his scooter.     



Dang, he makes the scooter look so cool!
  
Although we may have liked his cane days a bit better, having the scooter means he has a lot more independence, which allows him to go to Tiger games and Eastern Market whenever he dang-well pleases

When Alessandro first saw this story as I wrote it, he said, "You're forgetting a step.  What about the time when I could walk normally?"  "Oh yeah," I said.  "I don't really have many memories of that time."  He thought that was kind of sad, but I reminded him that I have a bad memory in general (my bff Dani can attest to that), so he shouldn't take it too personally. 

Alessandro and I met in the Summer of 2005 when we sold shoes together at the Sears and Roebuck.  He was dropping out of law school that summer, and I was about to start law school.  We were a match made in heaven.  I had a boyfriend at the time (I think) (see, there's my bad memory again), but I liked Alessandro right away.  I told my friend that Alessandro and I were going to get married one day.  (This was before he and I ever even went out on a date).  I'm way off topic now, let's get back on track...

My point is that I knew Al for only 2 years without MS and for nearly 7 years with MS.  So it's no surprise that our MS adventures take up more space in my brain than our non-MS adventures.

So here, in his soon-to-be 7th year with Multiple Sclerosis, he has just started treatment #5, the one we hope will stop the progression of his MS in its tracks.  And boy, what a progression it has been.

In order to stop the progression, we need your help in our fundraising efforts for Team Alessandro's Sixth Annual Walk MS event, which will take place on Sunday April 27, 2014 at Comerica Park.

Here is how you can help us make a difference:
  1. Make a donation in any amount to my personal fundraising page: http://main.nationalmssociety.org/goto/2014 (Donations stay open until September 30, 2014)
  2. Join Team Alessandro and make a self-pledge or begin fundraising on your own:  http://main.nationalmssociety.org/goto/6 
  3. Spread the word by forwarding this post on to those you know who may be willing to help.
Walk MS is one of the biggest annual fundraising events for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS).  Money raised during this event is used to fund the research of new disease modifying drugs.  We had the opportunity to see this first hand at a recent event where we learned about ground-breaking research that was being conducted because of the funds raised by the NMSS.  And we have also directly benefited from the funds raised by the NMSS; the Michigan Chapter recently sponsored a hand-control driving evaluation for Alessandro in an amount upward of a few hundred dollars.  (He did really well, the instructor even let him go on the freeway!)  So please know that your donations are helping Alessandro and others with MS in significant ways. 

Please let me know if you would like any other information.  I am happy to share.

Alessandro and I and our sweet nieces and nephews thank you for your generosity and support!


2.25.2014

Belle Isle

A few friends and I try to schedule a photo shoot in a different area of the City each year.  With Belle Isle recently becoming Michigan's 102nd state park, I thought I would post some photos I took on the Island during the Summer of 2012. 

Hope you enjoy!



















I love Belle Isle, even with all of its faults.  It's serene, beautiful and unique.   I am excited to think of what the new changes mean for the Island, but at the same time a bit scared in a selfish kind of way.  I like the Island just the way it is.

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To read more about my love for the island, click here.

2.01.2014

Remembering the Good Times

Maybe it's because it looks like this outside these days...






...but I am really looking forward to the biking season.  I can hardly wait to bike everywhere and anywhere possible. 

In the meantime, here are two of my best biking memories from this past summer if you're interested. 

One Saturday in July, CJ and I biked through Lafayette Park and took the Dequindre Cut down to the river and back to Eastern Market for ice cream.  Ah, the good times.










 

In September, my Auntie and I rode in Tour De Troit.  It's a 30 mile bike ride around the city and probably one of my favorite and most-anticipated events of the year.  It's that much fun.
 

 

My Aunt's pants are awesome and so is she.




This event ended with good beer and even better chili from Slows.

And although not quite a bike, I'm also looking forward to letting this bad boy loose on the streets.  



Only what, 1, 2 more months at the most?  We can do this Detroit!  Just remember the good times.