●I am a Patient
Advocate for the drug company Biogen, which makes Tysabri. As a
Patient Advocate I travel throughout the country speaking at various MS
●I am an award-winning broadcast journalist who was forced
to step away
from that profession one year after being diagnosed with
multiple sclerosis in 1998. Details of my
radio news career can be found here.
●I used a wheelchair for four years
and was severely disabled prior to taking the MS drug Tysabri in
November of 2006.
remarried. The wonderful Julie Schweers and I got married on August 20th, 2010.
married to Melinda in Memphis, Tennessee, on July 27th, 2003,
but I lost her to suicide on June 2nd, 2006.
I am the author of
A Tear-Stained Letter; Surviving
multiple sclerosis and my wife's suicide. My
publisher, Tate Publishing, went out of business in January 2017
and my book is no longer in print.
You can find out more on the Book page on
A page on this site dedicated
to Melinda can be found
The Resurrection of Christ
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This is where I met Julie (during a singles
I have a very active YouTube channel, focusing on my struggles with
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