News you can use

When I sit down to create a new post (admittedly, this doesn’t happen very often), I am always stopped short by the request right off the bat for a headline. There are people whose job it is to write compelling headlines. I am obviously not qualified for that profession.

With this post, the first in a long while, I’m just going to do a sort of clearing-house of some articles and information I’ve come across recently. I subscribe to a few MS newsletters, I’m on a few news mailing lists – as I’m sure most of you are as well. Stumbled on lately:

A little bit of news on the stem cell front. Excuse the drug propaganda at the end. A game changer? Hopefully sooner rather than later.

A quick but very insightful post from the Positive Living with MS newsletter. A highly recommended subscription, they cover a wide variety of topics from the multiple sclerosis landscape. The Ugly Side of MS discusses the issue of being needy – hard to bring up in conversation. Maybe this will help.

There has been a lot of published investigation into the power of mediation. With results that I greet with a “No shit, Sherlock.” The benefits of meditation for mind and body have been known and understood for centuries, and only now is modern medical science figuring it out. If you are an experienced mediator, or have never tried it, there is nifty smart phone app, the Insight Mediation Timer,  that can help motivate  and connect you, with easy access to instruction and guidance. You can join a variety of communities, both local and far-flung. Take a look, and let me know what you think.

It all happened so fast, and there was an ongoing distraction, some sort of sporting event, but I couldn’t help noticing how many of the Super Bowl ads featured disabled people. While I was initially quite impressed that there were so many people using prosthetic limbs, inserted into an event focused on hyper-able men doing quite extraordinary sports things, after the hubbub and screaming, I looked more closely. This post on Salon. com discussing “disability porn,” opened my eyes.

Finally, I don’t know about you, but we here in Maine have more than our share of snow. It makes getting out and about a bit of a challenge for those of us in wheelchairs. I have not tried Wheelbades, but they look like fun.

As ever, I’m keeping my eyes open, as I hope you are. Share what you find with me and with each other. Fresh air is always a good thing.

Now playing on Spotify: The Kaya Project

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