Sunday Morning Coffee: Oh yeah…Happy Father’s Day…

So a bunch is happening. I’m getting my name changed for the final time. It will be Adrienne TygerLily Sunshine Lee Jones-Wonch. The hyphen is important. It ties together the two most important men in my life.

Also in an effort to get myself back I dyed my hair Vampire Red [by Manic Panic]. I like the look. I’ll post a photo soon.
June 12th was Loving Day. The day the Lovings were legally allowed to be together. He being a white man and she being african-american and this happening in 1967. Every time my hubby and I see an older interracial couple we always debate on whether we should thank them. We’re so grateful.

Also Juneteenth is on the 19th. Juneteenth is the day to celebrate the end of slavery. There are events happening all over the nation. If you can please participate.

Finally, it’s Father’s day. I have issues with this day. One because, as a Daddy’s Girl when you lose daddy at nine years old this day becomes just another Sunday.

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BUT now I have my little brother in the mix and he shows me what an awesome father is.

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Okay, Have a great day. I’ll see you again on Friday for Feminist Thoughts from a Comic Book Girl: Tank Girl.

 

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MS: The New Normal – The Diagnosis II

First the symptoms show. This could be anything from dizziness, fatigue, muscle spasms or bladder issues. These symptoms can change at anytime.

Which one will you get? There are four (really five) different kinds. You could be Benign which means that you only have one exacerbation and that’s it. Really. You could, and most likely, be Relapsing-Remitting MS [RRMS]. This means that you will have exacerbations but when you do you will recover. It’s the most common form of MS. Next, Secondary-Progressive MS [SPMS] is when you gradually get worse. Your symptoms don’t get better. Most who are diagnosed RRMS will transition to this at some point. Now we have Primary-Progressive MS [PPMS]. This one doesn’t’ happen very often. It’s not common. It’s symptoms slowly get worse from the beginning without relapses. And a rare form, Progressive-Relapsing MS [PRMS]. About 5% of people with MS have this version. There are sharp relapses and NO remissions. Recovery may or may not happen.

How do they find out?

Okay so this is one of your first hurdles. Your doctor will either set up an MRI or a Spinal Tap. (Yeah I loved that movie too.)

The MRI

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Here they put a cage over the part of your body that they need to see. Most likely it will be over your head. The process is very loud and includes an injection for contrast. The outcome will be the ability to see any lesions and/or activity on your brain.

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Spinal Tap

Here they use the fluid from the spine to find diagnosis.

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Then you get confirmation and medication. Now medication will be discussed next time because so much is happening in that area. But you are now a part of the MS community. Consider yourself lucky. ;)

See you Sunday for Sunday Morning Coffee.

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Sunday Morning Coffee: Overwhelmed?!?

TECH-DIFFICULTIES So this week has been a rough one. In my effort to keep myself busy I overwhelmed myself so this entry will be a short one but full of info! :) To take some weight off my shoulders I have decided to post the comic entry and MS entries every other week to offset each other. So ‘MS: The New Normal’ will be up this Wednesday and the next ‘Feminist Thoughts from a Comic Book Girl’ will be up on the 20th. Hopefully this helps.

A couple more things. I watched a mind blowing documentary called Dark Girls that I would highly recommend. It really sparked conversation with my husband.

AND! Reading Rainbow showed just how to do Kickstarter! I’m so happy that it’s coming back!!!

Okay, Have a great day. I’ll see you again on Wednesday for MS: The New Normal – The Diagnosis II.

 

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Sunday Morning Coffee: Another Sunday in a Mountain Town.

This week has been an eventful one. As much as I still feel the depression I’m also feeling hope.

I had an appointment with my neurologist’s assistant on Wednesday and she put me on medicine. It’s called Tecfidera and I’m hoping that It will get my body right. I had originally asked for three days of steroids to get my body back to zero from the IVF drugs. I know that they’ve been affecting me because I haven’t felt normal since I was on them.

As for my hubby’s health, I have hope about that as well. We have a solid plan going and I hope that it keeps him around. :)

One last note. When I lived in Lincoln, NE I had the opportunity to see Ms. Maya Angelo in person. It was an amazing night. The news of her death broke my heart though I believe that she’s among the greats waiting for her loved ones to join her.

 

Phenomenal Woman
by Maya Angelou

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them
They say they still can’t see.
I say,
It’s in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman

Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It’s in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
‘Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

 

Okay, Have a great day. I’ll see you again on Wednesday for MS: The New Normal – The Diagnosis II.

 

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Feminist Thoughts from a Comic Book Girl

Back in the day I used to write about comic books for Suite 101. Because I have missed it so much, and the face that Suite 101 is now defunct I’ve decided to take it into my own hands with my Friday blog.

I’ve decided for the first entry I would revisit an interview I did for Suite 101 with comic artist Liz Greenfield. I hope you enjoy!

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Online Comics: Stuff Sucks The Story of a Man, his Fish and…Satanic Dolphin Porn?

With the growth in technology increasing our abilities to communicate with other expanding our ideas on television, music and art, the comic form has taken on a new twist. The online forum offers opportunities to new and underground artists allowing them to get their work out there seen by a worldwide audience. Appealing to most, the comic book industry is still somewhat of a guy’s game, which begs the question: where are the women at? Well, no worries, it didn’t take long to locate a great find – Liz Greenfield’s Stuff Sucks. Originally from Amsterdam, Liz Greenfield grew up in a musical family, traveling with bands and cultivating her own sense of imagination. In an interview with this author and she says: “I generally kept a travel journal while touring around with bands. This quickly resulted in myriad imaginary worlds peopled by countless characters, based on my youthful, naive perceptions of grown-up behavior (between ages 6-12). And believe me, musicians are exceptional characters.” Raised by parents who were musicians, Liz did take on various instruments but, in the end (and with no pressure to pursue a musical career from her family), Liz found comics. She worked on a couple of other online comics that are no longer in publication and is now out on her own, Stuff Sucks is a solo effort.

The Comic:

The story of Stuff Sucks revolves around the main character Daniel. Daniel is the everyman, that guy that everyone knows from high school but no one really keeps in touch with. He mainly spends his time working at a local record store when he isn’t fielding guilt trips from his mother via her weekly telephone call. Finally ready to commit to his long-time girlfriend things don’t turn out like he had planned. Daniel’s boss, Tony, is the official music know-it-all record store owner. Eccentric in his ways, Tony falls for the wrong woman and keeps the store in such disarray that he is the only one to be able to find anything in it and that’s the way he likes it. Then there’s Zemi, the woman of Tony’s dreams, bad luck follows Daniel the moment she enters the store. You can’t say that she has a heart of gold so much as she is a thief with con-artist goals but no follow-through or ambition to back it up and her sites are locked on Daniel. After their first encounter, Zemi walks out of the record shop toting a couple of stolen items and Daniel’s day begins to take a downward spiral. Other characters are, Daniel’s friends Aaron and Mike, Aaron is the trendy cool metrosexual friend who loyally tolerates Mike the lovable Neanderthal with a one-track mind and a baseball cap that tells you exactly what’s on his mind. The girlfriend Nicole who lives off of daddy’s cash and exudes the frustration of being with a man who won’t commit and a second man who is lacking any real emotion. Zemi’s partner Leo the hot tempered bad boy who serves as her mentor in the fine art of the con. Imogen the young and naïve girl living under a rock but is earnest in her efforts to learn about music, recruiting Tony to teach her music and the world outside. And finally we have Blinky, Daniel’s pet fish, the silent on-looker of the comic. Emotionless and expressionless Blink says nothing yet his lack of expression that allows the reader to infer any possible opinions.

The Style:

Veering away from the content, the look of this comic is very soft and simplistic. The lines are thick but the overall coloring is muted. Heavy on the grays, Stuff Sucks is accented with pinks, oranges or greens which add a unique and unassuming feel for the story. The art doesn’t compete with the storyline but weaves itself in silently. The storyline has the tone of the television show “Friends” or the book “High Fidelity”, full of interesting characters that may or may not know what they want and may or may not want to go after whatever that is. Her musical history’s influence shows up nicely as well. With all of that in mind, the reader ends up with fun read, characters that are so realistic it’s easy to get invested in what happens to them and a desire to know what will happen next.

Next week I will talk about Tank Girl. Should be fun!

Okay, see you on Sunday for Sunday Morning News. Enjoy your weekend.

 

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MS: The New Normal – The Diagnosis

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I feel that having my first MS: The New Normal post up today is appropriate because today is World MS Day.

World MS Day began May 2009 as a way to raise awareness of MS as a global issue. Across the world there will be events to promote this. I hope you can participate.

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Diagnosis

My first symptoms happened at work. I was a temp working a receptionist job in Vermont and my leg, my right side from the waste down, became both numb and tingly at the same time. I was entertained by it but the doctors and nurses encouraged me to get it checked out.

I went to the clinic attached to the hospital where I was working and that doctor sent me to a neurologist because he was uncertain. It was that doctor who would be the first to bring up Multiple Sclerosis to me after throwing the document written by the MRI specialist at me. It stated that I have Multiple Sclerosis and really all he could say was “There you go.”

I was lucky enough to have a second opinion with Dr. Hillel Panich who is known across the world for his knowledge of MS. He put a halt to my impending suicide and gave me hope. Which is so important.

Next time I’ll discuss what happened after my second opinion as well as what happens on average. Hope to see you next week for MS: The New Normal – Diagnosis II?

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Sunday Morning Coffee: GETTING MY SHIT TOGETHER!!!!!

Ever since we found out that my husband’s health needs to be top priority. I have since found another article that gave me a little hope but those eight years still hangs over my head. I’ve decided to push my way out of the block and get back to writing as a distraction. So here is the schedule. The Sunday blog title will stay the same and will be about what has happened in the past week. Instead of the Wellness Wednesday blog posts it will be titled MS: The New Normal. Wednesday will be used as the day to discuss all things Multiple Sclerosis beginning with the diagnosis. On Fridays the title is still up for debate but the discussion will be comic books and women. Female writers and artists as well as female characters.
My creative writing will focus on poetry and the comic that I put down due to the block, Myles the Real Boy.
My trip to Denver with my husband really gave me a want/need to pick up my camera again. So I’m hoping to find a little inspiration here in Fort Collins and get back into stock photography.

Okay, well it seems that I have a bit of work to do.

 

Okay, Have a great day. I’ll see you again on Wednesday for MS: The New Normal – The Diagnosis.

 

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Thank God it’s Friday: Copyediting, Comics and Poetry?

In an effort to get my head on straight with the info what we found out about my husband’s health I decided to put my head into my work. So I’m back with ads on the freelancing sites (I think that I dropped out as a way to ‘check out’ in my depression) and I have plans for my writing time.

Because I want to write about women in comics, beginning next week I will be ending the Friday post with a blurb about a female comic book writer, artist or even a character.

As for my copyediting page work I’m still working on that and should have an update for Sunday Morning News.

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Sigh…wish me luck!

Okay, see you on Sunday for Sunday Morning News. Enjoy your weekend.

 

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Wellness Wednesday: 8 years.

I had planned on restarting my discussion on MS beginning with diagnosis but after the news I just received I feel that warrants a change in plans.

When my husband and I got married I anticipated a good 20-30 (or more) year run. And as you know we just finished with the IVF and no baby in sight. Today my love read this article “Sperm problems tied to death in near future, study finds” by Erin Allday. As you can see, the title itself is alarming. Men with low sperm count (like my hubby) and bad motility (like my hubby) die young.  The idea that I will lose my husband within the next eight years…I won’t allow that. I can’t. I won’t let my best friend become a statistic. I can’t lose him. The article stated that eight years is the average. The ages of the men ranged from 25-50 and in eight years my husband will be 46. That’s too soon and for what?

At this point I could give a shit about babies. I don’t want them if I can’t have my husband too.

So we sit here now with a deadline and plans to pass the eight year mark with a very healthy husband and lots and lots of hope. That’s all I can do. :(

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Sunday Morning Coffee: Happy Mother’s Day.

Today is my/our first mother’s day after the IVF outcome. I hoped for today to be a day of hope and thought about the babies coming. So excited for the chance to be a mommy.

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I’m trying to be happy for those who were/are able to have children and I know that adoption is an option but right now…and the plans we had…it’s just hard.

 

 

Okay, Have a great day. I’ll see you again for Wellness Wednesday: MS and Diagnosis.

 

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