Author’s Corner

Diagnosed with Astroids

One year from today, an astroid known as The End III will collide with earth and destroy everything on it. FAKE NEWS of course, but let’s pretend for just a moment that it was true.             How would you react? What would you do if you found out your future was not going to ... Read more

The Squeaky Wheel (HR)

It’s Human Resources Here to Inform You that Your Accommodations Request Was Approved. And You Got a Raise? Also, Your Childhood Crush Just Moved Back to Town and Wants to Grab a Bite? Dear employee, We are delighted to inform you that your request for reasonable accommodations has been approved. Effective immediately, you can ... Read more

Ashley Fiolek

Hello ABILITY readers, unfortunately, it has been a rough month for me and my family. My grandma passed away on January 24th. Something like this is never easy but I know that my grandma is not suffering any more and Heaven just added another beautiful angel. Her memorial will be coming up at the ... Read more

Long Haul Paul — Yamaha Revs My Heart and Helps MS

My last column was about looking forward to getting some MotoMedicine as I headed out in December for my final road trip of 2023. I was invited to attend Yamaha’s media event for the newest version of the bike I am currently riding; the Tenere 700. Yamaha was hosting two small groups of journalists ... Read more

The Woke Left has Taken Away People in Wheelchairs Hiding Their Legs Under a Raggedy Blanket

America used to be a place of freedom. A place where you could call an adult man “stumpy Stewie” because he lost his hand in a factory accident. And a place where you could send neurodivergent women to the hysteria ward just for funsies. Wheelchair users back then had the decency to cover up ... Read more

Ashley Fiolek — Grand Rapids

My mom has been coming to Michigan to visit my grandma who is sick. So, it has been nice to see her more often since I live in Grand Rapids, Michigan now. I made her drive down to Florida with me for Thanksgiving and Christmas so I would not have to drive alone! We ... Read more

A Few More Miles of MOTOMEDICINE

After a busy summer of traveling weeks at a time, I was enjoying spending time at home with my wife, Elin, and our dog, Kona. My event schedule for most of October through March was empty. With the exception of managing the 10th annual MS5000 motorcycle mileage contest, I was left with raking leaves, ... Read more

Fengzhao (Lucas) Xu – Lens of Resilience

Exhibiting seamless talent in his latest project, Rye Above the Sea, Fengzhao (Lucas) Xu shares his journey as a Chinese immigrant in the United States, evocative of his psychological disorientation and emotional transitions, and as a form of representation for his community during the process. For Lucas, photography isn’t just his passion, but a ... Read more

Inappropriate Medical Advances

I consider myself a fairly simple man with some common sense. Having a life long auto immune disease like Multiple Sclerosis certainly provides me plenty of opportunities to witness dumb and dangerous decisions from our healthcare system. The United States probably has the greatest doctors, medications and treatments in the world. However, rules and ... Read more

Let’s Race

Fall is rapidly approaching and I must say I am looking forward to it! It has been a long hot summer for me riding outside as I got ready for the Loretta Lynn?s Amateur Nationals. My family and friends were all there with me for the week when I raced. We had a lot ... Read more

Breaking Down Barriers – iBOT Stories Across the World

Independence with iBOT® Ronda Jones wears many important hats: she is a mother, a grandmother, an Army veteran, a para-athlete, and an advocate and mentor for people with limb loss. She is also a motivational speaker, an author, and now, an inspiring iBOT user. Ronda, who lives in Virginia, discovered the iBOT at the ... Read more

Thanks, Inflation! Man with 3 Disabilities Now Has 4

Due to the inevitable flow of supply and demand, and also increasing corporate shareholder profits, inflation is everywhere. When local man Thomas Cole visited his primary care physician Dr. Richmen, he found it there too. “I regret to have to tell you that in addition to your muscular dystrophy, arthritis and ADHD, we also ... Read more

Rut Roh! Long Haul Paul’s MS (dirt) Path

Riding  a motorcycle across the country certainly offers many opportunities to experience the potholes riddled across our roads and interstates. I often use these asphalt craters as a metaphor of dealing with the often sudden changes living with a disease such as Multiple Sclerosis can bring. Just as hitting a foot deep black hole ... Read more

Ashley Fiolek — Is 32 old?

It has been crazy for me the last few months. I qualified for the Loretta Lynn National championship so I’m very excited about that! My last time racing there was in 2006 so it should be pretty fun to come back and do it all again. I will be racing on my stock 125 ... Read more

Visalia, California — Autism Certified Destination

In downtown Visalia, California, next to the local post office, stands a lone sequoia tree, named The Legacy Tree. It is a very tall baby tree, if you will, planted nearly 100 years ago. Surrounding the tree, is a wide, extended, circular mulch and rock area, which indicates the projected growth of the circumference ... Read more

Ashley Fiolek — Traveling Again

I’m out traveling again! I left snowy, cold Utah to get in some riding and race practicing so I can be ready to enter some qualifiers to try out for the Loretta Lynn Nationals. Bambi, Lindsey and I packed up and started heading South for warmer weather and no snow! So one of the ... Read more

5 Ways to Clarify You’re (Badass) Disabled and Not (Inspirational) Disabled

Everyone knows about the two types of disabled people. The traditional type is sad and inspirational, like the tiny boy with crutches who begs Ebenezer Scrooge for tidbits of hard bread with cold porridge. The new type of disabled is totally different and very cool, like the hot people with mobility aids from the ... Read more

Long Haul Paul Fighting MS —HELP is Not a Four Letter Word

Helping friends and family is part of everyday life. Helping neighbors in our local communities or people on the other side of the world is what makes most humans, well, humane. Whenever I help out a friend or neighbor it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. I believe sharing my story of ... Read more

Long Haul Paul – Do Turkeys Fly South for Winter?

By the middle of January in New England, all the smart birds and retirees have migrated south, escaping the frozen world of winter. As I typically spend the winter months riding to indoor motorcycle shows in places like Illinois, Wisconsin and Minneapolis, it has been nice not having to watch the weather channel for ... Read more

Holiday Letter, 2022 by Lil and Steve Brown

 From Steve: How to write about 2022? The years have merged since early 2020—with responses to Covid; too many people leaving the planet, including some of our best friends. At the end of 2021 our friend Linda, who’d Lil met when she was in 3rd grade and who, with her husband, enticed us to move ... Read more