On Friday February 19, 1965, General William Westmoreland was on the cover of Time Magazine. Closer to home, Ken and Joan Gillespie were in the process of welcoming their second son, Bradley Kent Gillespie into the world. That would be me. From what I am told, I was not the easiest baby. I seemed toContinue reading “Beginnings”

2013: Loose Ends

That was the end of the notes that I kept documenting my go around with AMN. I wrote the following, today, 2 August 2021, based on what I can remember. Looking at it all in retrospect, it seems like a continuous, drawn-out rollercoaster ride, with high highs, low lows, loop de loops and hairpin turns,Continue reading “2013: Loose Ends”

Scoring Your Disability

I do not know diddly about the Stages of MS Chart, but I have some familiarity with The Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS). It was developed to keep track of MS patients and is also used for AMN. Well. At least it was for me. I do not expect that there are enough AMNers toContinue reading “Scoring Your Disability”

Disability Assistance

With few exceptions, most AMN guys that I have met carry a solid work ethic, regardless of their disability. Which is a good thing, since such characteristics are viewed favorably by our society. While some adaptions may be in order, it seems that most of us get in our 40 hours. We are the luckyContinue reading “Disability Assistance”

An AMN Role Model that I Can Aspire to Emulate: Tim Maguire

While I have met Tim a few times, and have always liked what I heard, he is a humble man: previous to me stumbling onto this video, I had not idea how far he has taken his acceptance of, and adaptation to, the disease that we share. I encourage everyone to take a look. IContinue reading “An AMN Role Model that I Can Aspire to Emulate: Tim Maguire”

Community Call: AMN Men

Every month, ALD Connect facilitates a Zoom Meeting where guys with AMN and their caregivers get together to talk about whatever they like. The next get together is set for the evening of August 3. This meeting is limited to guys with AMN and their caregivers. This restriction keeps the interactions safe and intimate. WhileContinue reading “Community Call: AMN Men”

So, What it is really like to have AMN?

So, I know who I am, and what I feel. Of course, I do. So do you, maybe. Nonetheless, many of the things that happen to a body if you decide to test drive a new disease can be uncomfortable, scary and often, embarrassing. Not good, I tell you what. Over time, I gained acceptanceContinue reading “So, What it is really like to have AMN?”