Signal Boost: Guide Dog Partner with MCS

It’s the last day of May, which makes this the final day of MCS awareness month. Appropriately, my friend, Karyn, who usually blogs about her assistance dog, Thane, has written a terrific post about life with multiple disabilities, including MCS.

She writes about how every day begins with uncertainty as to which disability will do what, and how that has affected her decisions in training her guide/hearing/service dog. This is a topic I really relate to.

She also explains why she tries to keep a certain level of privacy about her disabilities, yet was compelled to speak out now.

The blog is Through a Guide’s Eyes, and the post is Different Ways for Different Times.

I don’t talk much about my disabilities in my blog because frankly I just want a place where I am seen for the inside pages as opposed to the book cover of the physical shell. That all said, I am beginning to feel the need to let down my guard as others have done. Perhaps its because by letting down my guard, I can share with you the kinds of training that can truly prepare one for the unknown- so here goes.

Please read it and share it. While her experience is unique, there are aspects of it that will resonate with people with many disabilities, and hopefully raise a little awareness for everyone about the disabilities they don’t share with Karyn.

Thank you, Karyn, for this excellent post.

-Sharon, the muse of Gadget (who also had chemical sensitivities), and Barnum, SDiT

P.S. Don’t think that just because May’s over I’m going to stop blogging about Lyme and MCS awareness. As far as I’m concerned, having Lyme, CFIDS, and MCS means hardly ever meeting deadlines. So, June is just an extension of May in my world. (Also because I have no sense of time.)

P.P.S. I forgot to mention in my last post that it was Courtenay who gave me the idea for the week in review. Thank you, Courtenay!

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5 Responses to “Signal Boost: Guide Dog Partner with MCS”


  1. 1 Courtenay May 31, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    Aww thanks sharon. No need though, really! Wasn’t even a unique idea! 🙂

  2. 2 Karyn May 31, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    Thanks for your support Sharon. Its actually been my friends and especially you who have given me the courage to drop the veil and share just what it can be like to walk in my shoes- or at least a small grain of what its like.
    Noone but Thane can really know what it truly is like but maybe if bloggers read many perspectives on these diseases and disabilities that are not so much in the foreground in the disability and medical communities- maybe then change will come. Knowledge can only help our cause.

  3. 3 Susie Collins June 1, 2011 at 10:48 am

    Thanks to you both, Sharon and Karyn, for sharing this post at The Canary Report. A blogger sharing a blogger sharing a blogger puts some oomph into the “social” part of social media and connects us all. Together we are stronger. Aloha, Susie

  4. 4 Susie Collins June 1, 2011 at 10:57 am

    Whoops, WordPress linked my name to Linda Sepp’s blog in my above comment. I’m admin on her blog and if I forget to logout, it catches that link. Linda is a contributor at The Canary Report, too, so we’re all one big family anyway 🙂

  5. 5 Sharon Wachsler June 11, 2011 at 12:19 am

    Finally getting back to comments!
    Thank you, Susie, for your support. I didn’t even notice it had Linda’s link because your name and photo showed up! 🙂


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