Aug 242015


In case anyone was wondering, this blog hasn’t simply turned into a conduit for the YEG MS podcast. I still intend to write as before, but the summer has been busy and learning how to produce a podcast was a bit of a learning curve. I was asked the question twice over the summer about why I write the blog, run the Really Long Run, and now do the podcast. The answer would appear to be simple; I do these things because I am a person living with multiple sclerosis. I have come to realize that this answer is wrong and the blog, podcast, and run are a result of an underlying motivator. It may surprise you, but the motivator isn’t multiple sclerosis.

The motivator is that I really don’t like being told I can’t do something. Continue reading »

Aug 192015



This is YEG MS Episode 3. YEG MS is an Edmonton, Alberta, Canada based podcast focussing on multiple sclerosis.

In this episode I talk about MS Support groups, how heat  and temperature affect MSers, and feature my conversation with Dave Gordon. Dave is a local Edmonton Oilers blogger at the OilersRig.comDave was diagnosed with MS almost two years ago and we talk about his journey and of course the Edmonton Oilers.  Continue reading »

Jul 232015

YEG MS Podcast

YEG MS Podcast, Episode 1- GMD Disturbances and Meghan Cooper- This is the first official episode of the YEG MS podcast. In this episode: Continue reading »

Jul 222015

geomagnetic disturbances and multiple sclerosis

A follow up on Geomagnetic Disturbances and Multiple Sclerosis- In December of 2013, I wrote a post titled, “Geomagnetic Disturbances and Multiple Sclerosis,” which was a result of my coming across a paper on the subject. The paper (which is available via a link in the post) was very interesting to me as I have always had an interest in the Vitamin D hypothesis, which the geomagnetic hypothesis is similar to while also challenging it. I was snooping around today and found a companion paper to the original titled, “Correlation of multiple sclerosis incidence in the UK 1990-2010 with geomagnetic disturbances” by Dr. Seyed Aidin Sajedi and Fahimeh Abdollahi (you can read the paper by clicking the link). I thought I should post about it here in case anyone who read the original post has any interest. Continue reading »

Jul 062015


Fort Edmonton Footbridge Halfpipe- After running almost 2,000 kilometres over the past year, I need to switch up my training. With almost a year until the next Really Long Run to End MS, I have the opportunity to explore some different types of training; training which will hopefully elevate my conditioning and make next year’s run easier. One of my running routes takes me over the Fort Edmonton Foot Bridge and the other day I had an idea near the end of a run. Instead of just heading up the steep path immediately to the west of the Foot Bridge and out of the River Valley, I decided to head up the to the stairs you can see to the north west of the bridge. 200 stairs later, I realized that it was a dumb idea at the end of a run. However, I though it may be a great idea to utilize the stairs and the path to the west of the bridge as a circuit.

On Sunday, I gave it a go. Continue reading »

Jun 162015

MS Bike Tour

**This was originally posted on the Oilers Rig website earlier today (by me). I felt that I should post it here too, since not everyone who reads this site would have seen it at the Oilers Rig**

While most of us weren’t fortunate enough to be blessed with the life of a professional athlete, there are moments in time for us regular folk that are just as powerful as lifting the Stanley Cup. I had a front row seat for one of those moments this past weekend. Continue reading »

Jun 122015

2015 Johnson MS Bike TourThe 2015 Johnson MS Bike Tour begins tomorrow at the Ritchie Brothers auction in Leduc/Nisku. The route tomorrow is the same route I ran three weeks ago for the Really Long Run to End MS. I am looking forward to biking it; you can coast on a bike. However, after three hours on a bike seat, I may be wishing that I ran instead. The weather (screen capture above from the weather network) isn’t supposed to be very nice. This will be my fourth bike tour and I really only remember nice weather on both days for one of them, so I’m not the least bit phased (or surprised). After running for 12 hours in temperatures which reached 27 degrees celsius, I don’t think I am going to mind. Continue reading »


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