Archive for August, 2012

Jaedyn’s Law

Written by on August 28th, 2012 – 3 Comments

Today I am going to write about something other than my experiences with MS. Today I am going to share with you a story of a devastating tragedy that stuck members of my hometown. I am sharing it with you because I want it to put us all into action. I want to inspire you to put pen to paper. I first wish to extend my deepest condolences to the Amann and Hicks families. The loss of their angel Jaedyn is heartbreaking and I know words are of little solace at this time. However, it is my hope that each of you that read these words takes action. Help us prevent number 95 from ever occurring.

On July 4th, 2012, on the Watson Lake Secondary School soccer field in the Yukon Territory, 5-year-old, Jaedyn Amann Hicks was struck in the back of the head by the crossbar of a poorly maintained, unanchored, collapsible soccer net at approximately 5:00 PM. A fellow playmate, aged 3 years and weighing roughly 30 lbs., merely leaned against one of the upright posts, causing the buckling action that led to the net’s collapse. Despite the best efforts of the medical team, Jaedyn succumbed to her injuries and passed away at approximately 8:00 PM. (more…)


Written by on August 21st, 2012 – 4 Comments

Recently there has been a flurry of information being conveyed to the general public about the disease Multiple Sclerosis. Part of the reason this information has been given to the general public is because a relatively high profile celebrity has been diagnosed with MS. A lot of people will know that I am of course referring to Jack Osborne. He is the same age as I am, a mere 26 years old and we both have MS. People are shocked, that this disease has hit such a young individual as Jack is. They don’t understand how it happened, they want to know specifics. Unfortunately as we all know in the MS world the specifics are complicated.

I applaud Jack for his courage and bravery in disclosing his illness to the public. Most of us are keenly aware of how difficult sharing our diagnosis can be. Personally it took me years to be able to speak open and freely about my diagnosis. I commend Jack for being able to speak freely in a relatively short amount of time. (more…)

My last time blogging as an un-married woman

Written by on August 14th, 2012 – 3 Comments

Spicy & FiancéOf all my accomplishments in life, I feel like finding my fiancé has been the greatest one.  Losing your last name (which is my choice) comes with a lot of feelings I didn’t expect – am I still “me”? Will people know me on the street? Will people forget who my siblings are? Will they know who my parents are? Will I love my sisters-in-law that married into MY family? Will people just assume my maiden name is my married name? How many cards do I have to change? Do I have to change my email address? The list goes on and on…

The next time I blog, I will be married to the most amazing man, and I will know all these questions won’t matter… and I’m still the same old person I always was… except now I’m bound to my other half… a time to say goodbye… and a new beginning.

Fighting for my achievements

Written by on August 7th, 2012 – 1 Comment

I am Amanda and this is my blog. 😀

So if you have never read my blog before (or spoken to me for like 5 seconds) then you won’t know this but I actually have two loves: the arts (as I struggle along to try to be an actor lol) and sports (but mostly baseball). In June I discovered the perfect marrying of the two: stage combat.

In order to not confuse a lot of people stage combat (learning how to safely and effectively fight for the stage) is an art and in order to make it look the most effective takes a TON of time and effort…and if you don’t believe me then pass by Rapier Wit sometime and see for yourself.

But back to my story, I decided this year, after completing my theatre program in university (YAY!) that I would begin certification to be an actor-combatant (which is a really cool title 😀 ). I decided, probably because I am crazy, that I wanted to do my basic certification in two weeks as part of the intensive rather then spread out over months…and thus began one of the hardest things I have accomplished yet. (more…)