Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The Digmanns Talk About Life with MS

by Christa Clare

In October, I attended the Network for Women luncheon held on the campus of Central Michigan University. This is a group of women that meet periodically with a featured speaker while we eat lunch and network with each other.

At this particular luncheon, I had the privilege of listening to Dan and Jennifer Digmann, a married couple who are living and thriving with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), a chronic disease that attacks the central nervous system.

According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, more than 400,000 Americans have MS. Knowing these numbers makes it much more amazing that these two people found each other in Michigan and continue to defy the odds they face together. Jennifer was diagnosed in 1997 and Dan was diagnosed in 2000.

Dan and Jennifer recently published a book together, Despite MS, to Spite MS: One couple facing the challenges of life and Multiple Sclerosis. Through their writing, public speaking and advocacy work, the Digmann’s have inspired countless people with their amazing love story and passion for life. The Clarke is pleased to offer this book to our patrons and wishes the Digmann’s the best of luck in the future.