Get Thee to a Dispensary: Managing Muscular Dystrophy with Medical Marijuana

Managing the physical and emotional strains of a chronic condition can be challenging, sometimes in the extreme. Anything that alleviates tension and pain while improving functionality is a welcomed godsend bordering on the miraculous. I speak from experience. As someone living with advanced facioscapulohumeral dystrophy (FSHD), I have tried everything to retard and improve my … Continue reading Get Thee to a Dispensary: Managing Muscular Dystrophy with Medical Marijuana

Let’s Talk About Caregiving (and Muscular Dystrophy)

The quality of mercy is not strain'd.It droppeth as the gentle rain from heavenUpon the place beneath. It is twice blest:It blesseth him that gives, and him that takes.Shakespeare Whether you are a caregiver or in need of one, navigating the art of caregiving can be tricky. This article offers insights and information to make … Continue reading Let’s Talk About Caregiving (and Muscular Dystrophy)

Our Favorite Spin of 2021

McDowell Mountain Road McDowell Mountain Road The longer the pandemic lingers globally, the more my husband Lou and I discover places to spin locally. In doing so in 2021, we came upon a favorite new route: McDowell Mountain Road, a super scenic, eight-mile stretch connecting Fountain Hills to Rio Verde, AZ. Mountainous southwestern landscapes teeming … Continue reading Our Favorite Spin of 2021

Confessions of a Caregiver, Vol. 3, When Opportunity Knocks

When service is selfless, it brings joy and peace. When it is rendered with attachment, it brings pain and suffering. If we experience suffering in service, we can examine the way we offered it. An exquisite path of awakening!—Ellen Grace O'Brian There was a knock on the door, the entry from the open garage into … Continue reading Confessions of a Caregiver, Vol. 3, When Opportunity Knocks

Confessions of a Caregiver, Vol. 2, The One Constant

Hard goodbyes Claire and I returned to New Zealand at the beginning of 2014 to wrap things up. During our two-month stay, we finished selling our holdings, a process that entailed donating bag after bag of accumulated stuff, gifting books and equipment, all the necessary steps in letting go of living a decade Down Under. … Continue reading Confessions of a Caregiver, Vol. 2, The One Constant

Almost Dying for a Cure

They ferried us away in an unmarked van to avoid controversy, the driver reassuring us that crossing over the Mexican border was easiest at this 6 AM hour. One couple, a stylish woman and her equally stylish husband, had done this journey before. The older woman in the backseat, obviously a first timer like us, … Continue reading Almost Dying for a Cure

Confessions of a Caregiver, Vol. 1, First Comes Love

So, let’s start with who I am, and about Claire and myself. I’m Lou, Claire’s husband and life partner, AKA Mr. Turner, Mr. Tucker and Mr. Flip-it (the colorful caregiver monikers to be clarified at a later time). I am 75-years young with Claire being 53-years young. (That’s right, we’re the exact same ages as … Continue reading Confessions of a Caregiver, Vol. 1, First Comes Love