Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Sunny days are ahead, especially this time of year! This pineapple upside down cake recipe is perfect to celebrate spring and summer. There’s just something about pineapple that makes you feel like you’re somewhere tropical. If you can’t travel to a tropical island, bring the tropics to you.

This recipe comes out perfect every time and is easy to make. Continue reading

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Is it April 15th Already?!?

Happy Tax Day! I know, I know that level of enthusiasm is not one most people would associate with April 15th… but still. Consider this your Public Service Announcement…Cross your T’s, dot your I’s. Be sure to double check your paperwork as the new tax laws and changes could directly impact you. That being said, this post… it actually has nothing to do with taxes (well almost nothing). Just consider these last few lines your friendly reminder that if you have not already finished… today’s the day.

Now back to our regularly scheduled programming.

Spring has officially made itself known in most of the country. Keeping in mind that Continue reading

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National Volunteer Week 2019

National Volunteer Week 2019

Happy National Volunteer Week 2019, which this year is being recognized April 7-13!  Established more than 40 years ago, Continue reading

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Getting Organized

Spring is in the air! And do you know what that means? Spring cleaning, UGH! For many of us it’s hard to get into organization mode and try to clean up the clutter that’s accumulated over the year thus far or that’s trickling over from last. But it’s an important task to take on because it really does benefit you in the end. Staying organized helps to maintain order and can result in decreased stress and anxiety.

Life can be so busy and chaotic at times that Continue reading

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Loved One in Denial?

By Jarely Meza

Some of us have been in the situation where a loved one has experienced a health problem, a sickness, addiction, or recent medical diagnosis and they are too stubborn or proud to admit this, let alone ask for help. As care partners we feel that it is our responsibility to push them to get help – to remind them about setting up an appointment, or to even try and convince them to go see someone about their situation.

Often someone who may be in denial will Continue reading

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Crock Pot Cream Cheese Chicken Chili Recipe

For this month’s featured recipe, we are delighted to highlight a delicious concoction from an MS care partner during MS Awareness Month.

Arlene’s husband David was diagnosed with MS in 1997, seven years after receiving a diagnosis of transverse myelitis that appeared with an attack of acute symptoms. Living on their family’s ranch in Montana with their children and grandchildren nearby, cooking has become Arlene’s art form over the years. She’s grown a greater skill set in this art and has continued sharing several recipes and her family’s story with the MS community.

Our featured recipe is one of Arlene’s favorites to share! This crock pot cream cheese chicken chili recipe Continue reading

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Care Partner Needs

As we embark on the second half of MS Awareness Month, we are focusing in on care partners. Care partners can be family, friends and in some cases individuals from agencies or organizations. Being a care partner can not only be a difficult, but also lonely position to be in. Others who have not walked in your shoes will not understand the concerns, questions or struggles that you encounter. They also may not understand Continue reading

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Redefining Caregiver to Care Partner

Redefining Caregiver to Care PartnerIn recent years, MSAA and other organizations have adopted the term care partner vs. caregiver to help reflect the grown team approach people use to understand and navigate life with MS. Join us, as we present:

“The Partnership of Care: Redefining Caregiver to Care Partner”
Monday, March 18, 2019
8:00 pm (Eastern)

From helping someone newly diagnosed learn about treatment decisions, to making Continue reading

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Relationships and MS

Relationships can be hard work. They require unwavering amounts of attention, maintenance and commitment. And though they can come in all different shapes and sizes, all bonds have their share of ups and downs and all-arounds that can drive people crazy. It’s the process of weeding out the beneficial, encouraging relationships from the negative, toxic kinds that is so important. Yes, relationships can be hard work. But making sure you’re putting the effort into the ones that are rewarding and worth your time is the difference.

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“We Brighten The Future By Honoring The Past”

As a kid growing up, February was a pendulum that swung from far left to right. We’re still in winter and that means snow, but you still have to go to school in the cold. It’s a shorter month so one step closer to spring but it’s still dark earlier in the evening. It’s Black History Month which is big and important, but feels the same every year.

Now that last one I’m sure can go either way with the masses (I’m well aware and that’s ok). Growing up as the only black face in most of my classes and many of my activities, could make February an extremely exhausting month. I found myself Continue reading

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