+ Stay Cool Tips while Biking. It can be tricky to manage the heat while exercising outdoors. Active MSer AMFAdventures of Colorado has put together an indispensible guide for cyclists and casual bike riders that will help you ride harder and longer on the trail or road. Look for more great advice (and share your own experiences) on our friendly forum.
+ The Art of Cooking with MS. I’ve long preached the importance of pursuing your active passions with multiple sclerosis, but “active” can mean different things to different people. To some it might mean swimming up the Nile dodging crocodiles and hippos; to others it means just doing what you love to do. I love to cook, so I threw down a dinner party for the ages.
+ BLOG: Les Toilettes, the French Folly. Traveling and multiple sclerosis go together like chocolate syrup and sardines. So those of us with this disease appreciate the little things that make globetrotting a little easier, like easy-to-access public toilets. Which, I discovered on a recent escape to France, virtually do not exist in a country that mandates diuretics—coffee, wine, champagne—at most meals. So I’ve come up with a handy set of rules to make it easier to navigate the bladder wars and dampen (no pun intended) your panic quotient when you’ve gotta go.
+ BLOG: Be Alert to Other Monsters. It's not always your multiple sclerosis. The other day, at 4:21 a.m. (give or take), I rolled over to my wife, who was sound asleep like an angel resting on a bed of clouds, and cooed into her ear something to the effect of “Honey, there is a chance I am having a heart attack.” Thankfully the ER docs found it wasn’t a coronary but you won’t believe what I actually did to myself in an epic attempt to get nominated for dork-of-the-year honors.
+ Video Games for Balance. Tricia Pell, who has secondary progressive multiple sclerosis, took part in a study examining the effectiveness of Nintendo's Wii Fit video game on balance. And surprise, it's made a difference in her quality of life. She's getting fit a Wii bit at a time.
+ Video of Hope, Part 4. Why did even The New York Times fight for me? A renewed hope for a future free of MS begins now. Watch it. Spread it. Believe it.
+ HOPE, Part 3. The newest video of Dave's stem cell transplant recovery, at 2.5 years, includes him riding one of the most fabled climbs in Tour de France history and a romantic experience in Provence that had been impossible for years. Watch.
+ Novel Stem Cell Transplant for MS. I'm currently enrolled in arguably the most aggressive clinical trial for multiple sclerosis to date: an autologous stem cell transplant combined with high-dose chemotherapy sponsored by the NIH. I've just returned my three-year follow-up and the results are still all aces: no disease progression, no MS drugs, and improvements in virtually every measureable area. I invite you to watch the original moving video of my experience, highlighted by images of fellow active MSers (Parts 2 and 3 are worth a view as well). Follow my SCT progress in detail on the forums.
+ New Study: Being Highly Fit Protects the MS Brain. Ohio State researchers just completed a study that found, to their surprise, that highly fit MSers (aerobically) had significantly better cognitive function than the typical multiple sclerosis patient. If you have the ability to raise that heart rate—swim, jog, row, bike, UBE, hike, climb, square dancing, anything—you could be doing your gray matter a huge favor. Click here for the full story.
+ BLOG: Always Being, Gulp, Prepared. What, wear diapers because of my multiple sclerosis? Well, if I was going to commit, it was going to be whole hog—I’m talkin’ the huge 72-pack of Depends from COSTCO. Hell, I alone could soak up a quarter of that oil in the Gulf. And you know what? It wasn't the nightmare I feared—it was liberating.
+ 5-Ingredient, 15-Minute Chicken Recipes. I love to cook. I mean really cook, all Iron-Chef like. But now that multiple sclerosis has gotten in the way of buzz sawing through preparation of a multi-course dinner, I’ve needed to rely more on chef short cuts, especially because a hot kitchen is my kryptonite. Fortunately, with over 20 years of practice at the stove, I’ve gotten decent at repurposing meals, and my all-time favorite dish redone is rotisserie chicken. Here are my tricks and over a dozen quick recipes.
+ Order Your "MS is BS" T-shirt today! Yes, MS is BS--Multiple Sclerosis is Beatable Someday. And that's why we stay active. Our first ActiveMSers T-shirt was designed by the acclaimed graphic design studio Ripe Inc. (www.ripeinc.com) out of Albuquerque, NM. We have women- and men-specific T-shirts with a full range of sizing. Produced by MS T-shirts. Click here to get your T-shirt now.
+ First ActiveMSer Tweet. Believe. Believe in yourself. Believe in a future free of multiple sclerosis. Just believe. I sure as hell do. #MSAwareness (Wait, but believe that Dave, that smart-alecky ActiveMSer, is finally on Twitter? I know, unbelievable.) Follow Dave: https://twitter.com/ActiveMSer.
+ Like Us on Facebook. I know, it's as if the world has turned upside down: ActiveMSers is officially on Facebook (and also Twitter). What's next? Dogs walking people? Parachute pants all the rage once more? Fifty one shades of gray? Who knows, maybe even Pinterest. But don't get too excited just yet, I'm still not on Skype.
+ Thank You! Your Vote Counted. I entered a writing/photography contest with the state of New Mexico and judges selected my goofy entry (would you expect anything less?) as the grand prize winner. There were many great entries and I am humbled and honored to have gotten so many votes and such wonderful support. We did this together, and it couldn't have happened without you. I promised to make your vote matter in our MS fight. Now I plan to make good on that promise.
+ BLOG: Paying Serendipity Forward. Last winter, when serendipity curled around me and my wife like the warm midday sun after a cloudy morning, it would have been easy to simply enjoy the glare of good fortune. After all, we had been through a lot recently with my multiple sclerosis; we deserved a little providence. But we couldn't have imagined what would happen next.
+ New Contributor. Pro triathlete Kelly H. Williamson is fast. Hella fast. Gobs of sponsors fast. One of the fastest extreme athletes in the world fast. No, Kelly doesn’t have multiple sclerosis, but she is channeling some of her fierce competitive spirit into raising awareness for MS and is the newest ActiveMSers’ contributor.
+ How do you seize the day?After reading Carpe Diem!, Isabelle made plans for Singapore, Virginia was inspired to keep riding horses, Holley committed to taking her husband with MS on a dream trip, Marsha promised to keep moving, and Steve booked his vacation to Italy. Here's how Irene of India seizes the moment. How do you?
+ Video of Hope, Part 2. I went cycling for the first time in two years and captured some of it on video, which was shown at New Mexico's BikeMS 2011. Watch.
+ New Blog Has Launched! Stage one of the improvements to ActiveMSers has just launched, Dave's ActiveMSers Blog: An uncommonly clever, insightful, and funny voice of reason* in all this multiple sclerosis silliness. (To see why there is an asterisk, you’ll need to visit the blog.) Now you’ll finally be able to subscribe, get notifications via e-mail, easily search, and comment on the blog. As for the old blog, I’ll gradually be reposting all of my previous entries.
+ ActiveMSers Plugged in Motor Trend. I rarely let an opportunity to promote ActiveMSers slip by. I was pictured in the May 2010 issue of Motor Trend getting, of all things, a Tysabri infusion. Check it out.
+ REVIEW: Portable Freezer Impresses. With the summer bearing down on us, staying cool while traveling can be a pain in the rear. Which is why the Engel MT35F freezer, which works in your car, could be considered a Godsend. Click here to read why.
+ ActiveMSers FORUM is all new. With the help of volunteers, ActiveMSers has launched an all-new, robust forum. We invite you to participate, chat about fitness, gear, or anything MS-related. There is also a section where you can connect with fellow MSers in your area and announce local events. Plus, you can stay up-to-speed with the latest on my treatment updates. Click here to visit the new forum.
+ Dressing up your cane with Kickin' Cane Covers. Darlene was diagnosed with MS in 1995. Since then she has come up with an innovative idea to blend fashion with function: Kickin' Cane Covers. Click here to read her story.
+ Front Page Coverage. The Los Alamos Monitor newspaper put ActiveMSers on the cover of their February 27 edition with a great story about teen MSers learning how to snowboard. Click here to read.