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#58371 How to help TeamFUMS and My MS Story

Posted by MichiganGoat on 12 March 2014 - 10:38 AM

So all of this is also on www.teamfums.org but I wanted to share it here as well


There are a few things you can do right now to support TeamFUMS:

  1. Bookmark this page www.teamfums.org and check back regularly for updates, news, and ways you can contribute.
  2. Click HEREThis will take you to our MS Walk page where you can Join TeamFUMS and register to walk and/or fundraise.  You can also make a donation to our MS Walk team and 100% of your donation goes directly to the National MS Society. The page also shares my story of being diagnosed with MS and what I want to accomplish with TeamFUMS.
  3. Follow us on Twitter @TeamFUMS and check there regularly for updates, news, and fun.
  4. Like us on Facebook and check there for even more updates, news, and fun 
  5. SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT Team FUMS - share all these links with everybody in your network and share anything we post regularly.  The more people that are aware the more we can fight and scream FUMS.
  6. Leave a comment on the blog, even if its just a "hi" I like to know who is reading the page.

And here is my story:


To My Wonderfully Supportive and Amazing Family

(I'm the bearded guy and yes we are that funny)



So this is a big reveal for some of you since you might be on a goat hunt, others of you have known me for longer than I can remember, and some of you are just now discovering who I am and why I’m fighting to make a difference in the fight against MS. I created TeamFUMS to not only raise money for the MS Walk but to create an online and local voice for advocacy, information, and support in the battle that is with Multiple Sclerosis. It is for these reasons that I’m sharing my story with everybody.


So the story begins like this:


 It starts with a headache.


 I was 20 years old and had just restarted college. As is the case with many a 20 year old, I was not treating my body kindly. It was time of late nights filled debauchery and youthful vigor, a time when a man feels invincible, a time when one fills his mind with hubris, and a time one sees all the excitement and dreams head of them. It was the time a growing adult should relish, when the world was unrestricted and you are invincible, it is the closest to being a god anyone reaches. The world should be unending, the possibilities intoxicating, and the future is forever.


BUT then there was a headache. 


The headache was constant and gave me blurred vision and indescribable odd blank and fuzzy spots. So of course I figured it was just a bad hangover, lack of sleep, or possibly I fell down and couldn't remember it (see debauchery). So I treated it with plenty of Goody’s Headache Powder which would give me 20-30 minutes of relief, but after two days I was worried. So I went to one of the walk-in clinics you go if you come down with a mild cold and don’t really have a doctor. The doctor checked me out gave me a sample pack of migraine medication and gave me a very specific direction: “If you don’t feel better in 24 hours call me back immediately.” So 24 hours passed, nothing got better and I made that phone call. As one looks back over their life its funny how the smallest moments have the greatest impact. The doctor told me to stop the meds because he was getting me into a neurologist, and next couple days changed everything.


Before I get to that I need to step back and give you more information about my family. My maternal Aunt, Loine Marie Marofske (Riggs), was diagnosed with MS when I was just a few years old. My earliest memories of my Aunt is her struggling to walk with a cane at my grandparent’s house. From there most of my memories are of her in a wheelchair and eventually of her being bed ridden. In time, a couple of years after I was diagnosed, she passed away. So it’s an understatement to say my family was very aware of Multiple Sclerosis. I grew up watching what it can do to a daughter, sister, wife, mother, and aunt— MS was no stranger in the life of my family. In time I’ll be sharing more about my Aunt Loine and the connection we share that I wish we didn't.


As we return to my story, the appointment with the Neurologist was scheduled within 24 hours. I barely remember the appointment but I do remember how it ended. My mother took me to the appointment and after the exam we asked her what could be causing this and the next few seconds is one of those time-froze memories we wish we never had but can never forget.


She said “Multiple Sclerosis.” Time froze.


Words escape what two words, two little letters can do to your life, two horrible letters, two flippity farking WORDS, two letters to haunt me for the rest of my life, two words I can’t let defeat me, two letters that I will fight until I’m dead, two words that I refuse to defeat me, two tiny letters that cause me to scream FU MS!


 So next came the MRI (later I’ll write something about having multiple MRIs), the spinal tap (the sound as the needle entered my back), and the confirmation. I had MS and I would have MS the rest of my life, or until a cure would be discovered.


So time moved on, I moved to different states, went on different MS treatments, had a couple of relapses, a couple rounds of crazy steroids, but sadly I just kept trying to ignore and forget about it. So today here I am in Michigan and my legs have started to fail me, I can’t run, walk a straight line, or do any serious labor for very long. It was time to stop hiding from the bully that is MS, it was time to start fighting. And fight I will. I hope you can help the fight with donations to the MS Society, donations to support TeamFUMS, and your love, support, and help spreading the word. I need your help if the world has a chance to beat MS. Help me however you can.


My name is Joel and I say FU to MS!


And I hope you will join me and say FU MS


#57886 A Mini-Manifesto on Baseball and your Life

Posted by MichiganGoat on 24 January 2014 - 10:20 PM

So things been a little crazy on the goat farm and I thank all of you for the wishes, support, and humor you provided me during my massive infusion of steriods to treat my latest MS flare-up. I'm feeling more normal and think I'm doing better but the next few weeks more test will clarify how the treatment worked.

So during all this the Tanaka drama unfolded and I realized... I don't really care it's just baseball. So today after a tantrum from a member if "I'M MAD AND WANT YOU TO BE MAD" club I responded with the following. I love baseball, the Cubs, and this site and this mini-manifesto sums up the rough sketch of how I look at baseball and sports.

"If something that is to give you joy and entertainment punishes you so much that fits of loud noises and hostility is how you respond- it’s time to find another entertaining distraction. That is what baseball is for fans entertaining distractions that take the weight of our lives and the world off for a few minutes. There are so many real reason to be upset with the world and so many things that our bodies and society burden us with everyday it’s saddens me that people actually watch something they hate so much. For some this hate is their distraction and ESPN, Jim Rome, and others have taught people that Baylessing is healthy way to enjoy sports. It’s sad and pathetic way to waste your time.

For me the day a Cubs game doesn’t give me the pastoral nature only baseball provides, the calms and explosions of every pitch, and the beautiful and poetic truth of a game that at its simplistic is two men, a ball, and a stick. When that becomes bile spewing hatred- I’ll leave. Life is full of joys and sorrows and when we have a choice- choose the joy.

Enjoy life, enjoy your distractions, at any time life may slam you with a reality that makes all this meaningless. I love the Cubs, I love talking about them, I love breaking down stats, I LOVE IT so why would I choose to hate it as so many have done over the past few years.

Take care everyone, hug your kids, love your life."

#57282 Evening Before Monday Morning Music

Posted by MichiganGoat on 16 December 2013 - 05:21 PM

Okay sit down and for the next 6 minutes be amazed. Yes your jaw will be on the floor and it's okay to cry. Be sure to see the whole performance because it's worth it. Enjoy.

#56982 Merry Stoutmas

Posted by MichiganGoat on 10 December 2013 - 05:52 PM

It looks like we're both right it's a combo of CO2 and Nitrogen.

#56411 Bunting For Hits is Smart, not Small, Ball...

Posted by MichiganGoat on 25 November 2013 - 09:08 PM

I'm aware of the arguments against sacrifice bunting, but are people seriously arguing somewhere that selectively bunting for a base hit is a bad idea?

In fairness, I don't read "bad" idea.  Just that some are saying it's over-rated (i.e. can't believe the numbers).
Yeah I think I not really making my point here clearly so let me try:
1-if bunting in the right situation results in a successful rate then yeah it's a good idea.
2-I understand this rate has been sustained for many years.
3-but each year these bunt for hits (not sacrificing) is a ver small percentage of AB or PA that I can't say that if the bunting was increased significantly each year that the success rate would sustain. Right now less than 1% of PA are bunt attempts for hits and that is a small sample regardless of how the success rate maintains year after year. I'd love to see a year where this is do e 4x as often.
4-so I can't get behind the belief that increasing this will be able to maintain that nearly .400 AVG

#56340 If we were to trade away one...

Posted by MichiganGoat on 22 November 2013 - 07:44 PM

Luke I really have no problem with him but I think his stock has gone down and looking at it as another team's fan I don't see him as valuable as the other three and combined with his big contract I'd be less excited to get him vs. the other three. I hope wrong and that he will recover and do what Baez did last year.

Honestly Baez is the one that worries me the most I fear he's either a superstar or bust whereas the others seem to be more likely to contribute even if they don't become MVP like.

What all this prospect thinking and research has taught me is that I have so much to learn, I blown away how you keep up on all of it Luke it's overwhelming to keep track of the MLB roster and also keep aware and current with the MiLB.

#56100 What happened to my Cubs Home?

Posted by MichiganGoat on 19 November 2013 - 02:24 PM

So I think we are seeing this:
1-yesterday the haters believed that Brett was on their side and had a shit on the Cubs day and believed this is their time while many of us just sat back and avoided the buckets of shit... and Kyle was crowned King of the Hate
2-Brett has to explain to everybody WHAT HE ALREADY WROTE but the haters didn't want to finish the party just yet
3-Whereas yesterday "we" avoided commenting today we are not allowing the bullshit to continue
4-people are all sad because the Party has ended
5-they go back to their annoying ways

#55106 1 Crazy 4 way trade, 2 other trades and 2 signings

Posted by MichiganGoat on 08 October 2013 - 07:57 PM

Oh the insanity of make believe fantasy trades during the offseason.

#54764 iOS 7

Posted by MichiganGoat on 24 September 2013 - 02:33 PM

They really need to release DVDs of "You can't do that on television"

#54423 Possible Marlin FO shake-up...

Posted by MichiganGoat on 16 September 2013 - 03:57 PM

"Samardzija, Schierholtz and PTBNL to the Rockies for LF Carlos Gonzalez."

Seriously if the Rockies would except that he'd already be a Cub. Add a big 4 prospect and a few other then maybe we're close. Plus we wouldn't make that trade unless we are certain he can be extended and that won't be cheap.

We've got to stop think teams are as dumb as we wish they were. Because that is a horrible trade for a team that is looking to rebuild. Plus why would they get rid of CarGo if they'd have to extend Shark right after they trade for him.

Ask yourself - would you accept that trade if it was reversed? HELL NO!

#53508 So, positives?

Posted by MichiganGoat on 22 August 2013 - 04:17 PM

Oh my



There is just nothing left to say to you.

#53223 So, positives?

Posted by MichiganGoat on 19 August 2013 - 08:42 PM

Yeah Timmy quit demanding facts... smh

#53215 So, positives?

Posted by MichiganGoat on 19 August 2013 - 08:25 PM

Horrific team.

So, you can't think of anything positive about the Cubs?
No. I can't actually.
A large market team like the Cubs should be using their resources to their advantage by doing BOTH. Feilding a competiitive major league team and building the farm at the same time. Not tanking seasons, trading players for prospects, higher draft positioning, and getting some extra pennies to spend internationally.
Unfortunately. This thread is more about sprinkling powdered sugar on a turd.
The only thing positive about this season is that it's just about finished.
So, you have a problem with finding positives in a rebuilding year? Also, you are being a bit disingenuous by saying there is *nothing* to be positive this year.
The problem isn't mine. I didn't put the players on the field.
Cubs will probably finish last in the division and gain a top five draft pick as a result.
Nothing challenging about that. It's good to know that this great scouting department can take a vacation knowing that they don't have to find "that" player picking in the latter part of the first round. That's a positive for them I guess.
Gloom and doom is kinda going to be your thing- isnt it? Nothing good can come from anything the Cubs are building. Spend large sign all the players would make you happy... Until that didn't work then you complain about that- right?

#53138 Dear Ryan Braun

Posted by MichiganGoat on 19 August 2013 - 08:42 AM


#53115 The "I am done with Starlin Castro" bandwagon thread...

Posted by MichiganGoat on 18 August 2013 - 01:52 PM

I love how this starts after he makes a bonehead play... why did last nights play make you have to declare this now?

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