Columns

My First Mistake of 2018

Coming to you, live from my couch and in yesterday’s clothes, this column is all about how I made a mistake. Truth be told, I’m not happy about admitting it. But with these words and with these columns, I made a promise to myself to always show up…

How I Turned Terror into Triumph

Although we naturally avoid trials, those are what build character. Good times are wonderful, but they do comparatively little to prepare us for inevitable hardships. For me, the most terrifying experience of my life turned out to be the most beneficial experience of my life, both mentally and physically. Let…

Balancing Act

“Whoa, Daddy, Daddy!” Ella exclaims as I sit her on her bath chair. “Whoa, whoa, Daddy!” Ella says as I sit her on the toilet. “I’m gonna fall!” Ella offers as she sits on the couch. Now that…

I’m Adaptable

I’m often told by friends that I’m a pretty chill, go-with-the-flow kind of guy. In my podcast group, I’m the peacekeeper, if and when a dispute ensues among my co-hosts. When I was on the editorial staff of North Carolina State’s student newspaper, I was the guy who…

The Good, the Bad, the Ugly, and the Beautiful

Everyone is shaped by their circumstances, but SMA shapes you (literally) in a more extreme way. For most of my life, I did not understand the difference between my personal preferences and the person I was becoming out of necessity due to the implications of this disease. It has only…

Shining Siblings

Ava and Henry slept over at a friend’s house across the street. They had Grandma and Grandpa pick them up from school. They thought about Ella and asked how she is doing. They knew Ella would come home from the hospital with a boatload…

My Latest Project for Bionews

Since starting my full-time position here at SMA News Today, I’ve had the opportunity to take part in several multimedia projects. The podcast I do for this site is one of my favorite parts of my job, as I’m always fascinated to talk with other SMA individuals…

Another Year, Another Adventure

You may have noticed I was essentially AWOL throughout the month of December. I certainly wasn’t planning on disappearing, but you never can truly prepare for a two-day hospital stay right in the middle of finals. I still don’t know what I…

Post-surgery Recovery: Ella Is Truly a Champ

The healing process is long and arduous. Positioning is critical, medications are imperative, and positive energy is vital. Spine surgery requires bravery, determination, and stamina. Ella returned home from spine surgery six days after she was admitted to Lurie Children’s…

New Year, New Goals

For the longest time, I thought New Year’s resolutions were one of the corniest, hokiest, most pointless traditions in our culture. Every year, people set unrealistic goals that they never follow through with, which only leaves everyone feeling disappointed and apathetic by the time March or April rolls…