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Blog Title: What I Learn About Living From My Chronic Illness by Shelley Peterman Schwarz
Chronic illness changes every aspect of your life. In my blog, I reflect on my 30+ year journey living with primary progressive multiple sclerosis (MS). I share thoughts, insights, and lessons learned that hopefully will help you or someone you know. - Shelley
By Shelley Peterman Schwarz on Friday, February 01, 2013

Water shut-off valve

 

Show all family members where the main water shut-off valve is located in your home and teach them how and when to use it. To keep the valve in good working order by turning the valve on and off every six months.

 

By Shelley Peterman Schwarz on Friday, December 21, 2012
When you use plastic clothes baskets as toy boxes, even young children can fill and push them around.
By Shelley Peterman Schwarz on Monday, December 03, 2012

Wisconsin State Journal logoRecently a friend had a fire in her kitchen that caused damage to her entire home.  The cause of the fire surprised me and is the reason I share the story with you, especially at a time of year when cooking and entertaining increases.

 

The cause of the fire was ...

By Shelley Peterman Schwarz on Friday, November 30, 2012
LightbulbPut new light bulbs in all your outdoor light fixtures before winter arrives. It cuts down on the chances that you'll have to replace a bulb in bad weather. Then, ...
By Shelley Peterman Schwarz on Wednesday, November 21, 2012

MS Focus magazine cover 

In a recent the Summer 2012, issue of MSFocus,  the national magazine of the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation. I was excited to see my name listed as a "Contributing Writer." My 4-page articleThe Accessible Home: 10 Tips for Coming and Going, is filled with beautiful color pictures of ramps, lights, doors and locks, door openers, indoor and outdoor lifts to make your home easier and safer and improve your mobility and safety.      

                                                                 

Many of these tips, products, and strategies are incorporated into my own home... Shelley outside her accessible house

By Shelley Peterman Schwarz on Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Shelley with TV Anchor

 

  • Today, I will make my monthly appearance on News 3 at Noon.  In south-central Wisconsin, you can watch the program on Channel 3, WISC-TV.  My "Tips for Making Life Easier" segment is on between 12:15 and 12:30.   If you miss the telecast or are unable to get the show in your area, don't worry.  I'll post a video of the program on this blog later today.  (Click on Read More below)

     

In today's segment, I'll share tips and strategies to make home entertaining safer and easier.

 

By Shelley Peterman Schwarz on Tuesday, October 23, 2012
A few years ago, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society contacted me about doing a series of short videos for people living with Primary Progressive MS (PPMS), (my diagnosis.)

 

The videos are currently posted on YouTube.  In this video, I invite you into my bedroom and share how I manage despite severe physical limitations.  Click on the video below to see the "Your Bedroom and Dressing" video from the Everyday Tips When Living with Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis Series.  


I hope these tips help you with some of the challenges you deal face.


 

 

By Shelley Peterman Schwarz on Wednesday, October 10, 2012
A few years ago, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society contacted me about doing a series of short videos for people living with Primary Progressive MS (PPMS), (my diagnosis.)

 

The videos are currently posted on YouTube.  In this video, I invite you into my bathroom and share how I manage despite severe physical limitations. Click on the video below to see the "Your Bathroom and Grooming" video from the Everyday Tips When Living with Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis Series.  


I hope these tips help you with some of the challenges you deal face.

 

 

 

By Shelley Peterman Schwarz on Wednesday, September 26, 2012
A few years ago, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society contacted me about doing a series of short videos for people living with Primary Progressive MS (PPMS), (my diagnosis.)

 

The videos are currently posted on YouTube.  In this video, I invite you into my bedroom and share how I manage despite severe physical limitations.  To see the "Your Bedroom and Dressing" video from the Everyday Tips When Living with Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis Series...

By Shelley Peterman Schwarz on Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Shelley at kitchen tableA few years ago, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society contacted me about doing a series of short videos for people living with Primary Progressive MS (PPMS), (my diagnosis.)

 

The videos are currently posted on YouTube.  In this video, I invite you into my kitchen and share how I manage despite severe physical limitations.  To see the "Your Kitchen and Cooking" video from the Everyday Tips When Living with Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis Series...

By Shelley Peterman Schwarz on Monday, June 11, 2012

Rosemarie Rossetti and her husband, Mark Leder, have just moved into the most incredible accessible home, which they designed and built as the Universal Design Living Laboratory

 

 

 

More than 150 sponsors and vendors have their products on display and in use in the house.  It's amazing!!!!!!

By Shelley Peterman Schwarz on Wednesday, May 09, 2012

 

 

CRAIG SCHREINER — Photographer State Journal

 

As Baby Boomers age, some home buyers and builders are starting to pay more attention to the principles of universal design — housing accessible to all including those with disabilities...is the opening paragraph of an article written by Chris Martell of the Wisconsin State Journal.  I am quoted in the article and that's me at my desk.  Click here to read the rest of the article.

By Shelley Peterman Schwarz on Tuesday, June 07, 2011

My new Home Accessibility: 300 Tips for Making Life Easier, affordable solutions for making your home safer and more accessible is almost finished! I can already envision books flying off the shelves.  

 

By Shelley Peterman Schwarz on Thursday, February 24, 2011

I received an email today from TJ who was trying to help her friend who uses a power wheelchair and has limited use of her hands. TJ was looking for a wireless, remote locking/unlocking door device for her friend’s outside door.  After calling several locksmiths, she was told...

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