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News from December 2015

Audio Version of a One-Woman Musical Shines a Light On MS, Loss & Inspiration

December 10, 2015

by Race to Erase MS

In Singing My Way Back, Bobbi Vandervort weaves together narrative and 22 original songs to tell her compelling story of life before and after her diagnosis of MS. In the moving one-woman musical, professional singer-songwriter Bobbi Vandervort takes listeners on a journey from her youth to life as a studio singer and beyond. She describes how a diagnosis of MS forever changed the course of her life, creating detours and challenges that demanded determination and hope.

Paralleling what her life is like with MS, the show is a roller coaster ride of emotions, from the heart-rending ballad, “Where Is the Hope?” to “Hold On to Hope,” the uplifting, optimistic counterpoint that ends the show. Her songs range in style from ballads to samba, jazz, blues, R&B, and gospel.

Just as Bobbi had to find creative new ways to deal with her challenges, she had to rethink how she could perform what was initially envisioned as a live, one-woman musical. “This disease makes my life too unpredictable. I never know when fatigue is going to level me,” she says. This audio production is her solution.

But even the audio version had its challenges. When it was time for Bobbi to record, she was too weak and fatigued to travel across Los Angeles to the recording studio. So, her music producer and engineer, Edward Auslender, brought his equipment to her home and recorded all the songs and the narrative in her walk-in closet.

Singing My Way Back is available as either a two-CD set or a download. A percentage of the profits will go to MS research. >> CLICK HERE << to purchase or download the two-CD set!

Thankful for Boundaries - A Guest Blog

December 3, 2015

by Kristina Marie Dizard

The holiday season is upon us, friends! Crisp fall air and crackling fire join together in perfect harmony. Warm coffee and crimson falling leaves awaken our senses. This season of pass-the-stuffing and thanksgiving cheer brings with it more than a mouthwatering dinner. Those of us required to track our energy and well-being are familiar with the “Spoon Theory” and may refer to it often.

As our months begin to fill up with thanksgiving plans, ugly sweater Christmas parties and the often dreaded work Christmas party, we begin overbooking ourselves before we know it. We need to remember through this season to be thankful for the gift of boundaries. At times it feels obligatory to meet every need and attend every gathering, but we must remember to listen to our bodies. Listening to them requires a certain degree of solitude, meaning that throughout the next several weeks we must carve out time for ourselves.

We must not feel guilt when missing an event or two (easier said than done, I know) and we must remember as we pass the potatoes, to also give thanks for boundaries and the cherished time for self-care.

Kristina Marie Dizard has published 2 poetry books: Undefined and Embrace Every Facet, and was diagnosed with M.S. in 2005. Kristina lives in Edmonds, Washington where she advocates for the homeless, enjoys the beach and fabulous book stores.
You can find her online at

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