Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Living with a disability – What a blessing.

I have MS – Multiple Sclerosis. Since being diagnosed, the disease and my disability have both greatly progressed. I used to be a jogger. Today I use a walker or wheelchair to go anywhere. I used to drive and work 50 plus hours a week. I no longer drive or work. I used to make a very good living. Today I live on disability income. I have always been a pretty happy guy. Today, I can honestly say that I am happier than I have ever been.

“Being happy no matter what” is what this blog is all about. This experience of living with a disability, has taught me more than I ever could have learned in school, or from books, or from a life without incident. I want to use this blog to share what I have learned, discuss perspective and gratitude, debate my concepts and beliefs and hopefully create, cause or impact you, the reader, to see your life and circumstances differently.

Over time I hope to demonstrate these few things:

If we pay attention, life is a great teacher.
Circumstances have nothing to do with happiness.
This “glass half empty – glass half full” concept is baloney.
The greatest asset that we all possess and our greatest challenge in life are one in the same.

There will be much to discuss and more topics to talk about. I hope that you will join me, participate with me, share with me and teach me as we embark upon this journey.

Participate. Make a difference. Live a life that matters.


  1. Dear Michael;
    What a wonderful attitudo of graditude you have. I think you should speak to children of all ages, rich or poor, and tell them
    what it means to be disabled but still happy.

  2. You amaze me everyday! I look forward to sharing with you your weekly blog and even more so I look forward to the sharing of life that we do together. Michael may this be the start of something BIG! I love you

  3. Thank you, Michael.
    Carol (Tucson)

  4. Hi Michael,

    You are an amazing guy and I look forward to reading your blog (and learning from it) in the future.


  5. Ok. But since you know so much about real estate too...
    How about Real Estate is a disability right now, and there is no cure in site, other than to sell short.
    How do we learn from that?

  6. Do you have a calendar of your motivational public speaking engagements for the public to attend? Will it be posted on your blog?

  7. Michael, you are so inspirational, and we love that you are using this to share your insights and experiences. We admire, respect and love you (and Gail) forever.
    Ellen & Steve

  8. Michael,
    I look forward to reading of your journey and your insite into a life with MS.
    Good luck and Cheers

  9. Hi Michael: I absolutely LOVE the idea of the blog. The minute I met you and Gail, i knew i was blessed to meet people with such a great attitude, warm, loving,with a great sense of humor,and generous. I am looking forward to your weekly blog. We are so grateful to be your friends. Elena Guatemalan-Utahn Bruce says hi too.

  10. Dear Michael:
    Your positive outlook in life has inspired us tremendously, and we thank G-D daily for the gift which he has bestowed upon us when he brought you and our daughter Gail together in matrimony, thereby giving us the son we never had. Jean and I feel honored and priveliged to have you in our lives. Love allways. Ben & Jean

  11. Dear Michael and Gail:
    I only met you briefly at my art booth in Davis, Ca and I certainly appreciate you including me in the people you send this magnificent and inspirational lessons of love. Keep it up both of you and continue that mission of making a better world, touching our hearts and making a difference!!!.

  12. Michael,
    Your style and great penmanship will help to lift the spirit of others.

    I look forward to posting some of your work onto my site, that will benefit others with MS.

    Your focus will help to inspire others.

    Best Regards,

    Stuart Schlossman

  13. Love it! Love it! Love it! Very good message my MS brother!

  14. I too, feel that I have been "blessed" by my dx. of MS in Aug. of 2005. Onward through the fog my MS brother!

  15. Hello Michael,
    Just found your blog and totally agree that the only ay to go is to make the best of it and to enjoy all there is to enjoy around you.
    I am in bed at the moment have primary progressive MS and have a big pressure sore thats healing slowly.
    Since I have been in bed from 21 August really appreciate evrything more, my darling Ricccchie looks after me wonderfully well and keeps me happy.

    So agree th only way to go is to be happy.
    Take care.
    Love to you and Gail.

    Richie's blog is

  16. Hello Michael

    Just came by to say hello to you.
    Hope you are doing well.
    Look forward to your next post.
    Take care.