Episode 138 | Retrospective: Some of Our Favorite “Intimate” Moments”

One of the things we’re most proud of is our commitment to addressing the topic of intimacy and its relationship to MS. Throughout the podcast, we’ve produced three intimacy series — “That Part”, “This Part” and “These Parts” (Intimacy & MS).

Join us today for a retrospective of some of our favorite moments from our intimacy series. You’ll hear clips feat. Mistress Magenta, (Episode 101) Keyonna Renea (Episode 95), Bethy Bright and Dark, Ardra Shephard, Carlos Kareem Windham & Damian Washington (Episode 72), and Carlos Kareem Windham (Episode 100).

We hope you enjoy!

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Peace!

Myelin & Melanin™ Podcast

Podcast hosted by Dawn (DX 2000) and Daana (DX 2004) — two Black women sharing their musings on life, multiple sclerosis, and everything in between! Dawn and Daana met in 2016 in a Facebook group dedicated to the disease-modifying drug LEMTRADA.

Damn Those “Memories”

I was having a glorious Sunday. Feeling good. Lipstick was fire. All the things. I was doing my usual Sunday routine — drinking my Starbucks, listening to Spotify, and browsing social media.

It was a good day.

Daana and her nephew, TJ, in 2013

And then I opened up Facebook, and up popped a photo memory from 7 years ago. It was an adorable picture of my now 13-year old nephew and I at his kindergarten graduation. 

The picture melted my heart and broke it at the same time. I remembered the day vividly. 

Sigh.

I was still walking back then. Barely. I remember being late to the graduation ceremony because there was no parking (let alone a handicapped parking space), and I had to park a block away. It took me more than 30 minutes to hobble my way into the school. I was using a cane at the time (my pride still prevented me from using a walker — y’all know how that is).

Looking at that photo made me so sad. I felt sad thinking about how utterly exhausted I was in the picture.

Beyond that, I was grieving the Daana in the picture. The Daana who was still walking and driving. The Daana who lived a life that was not yet as ravaged and upended by MS.

Seven years have passed and I barely remember the life I lived back then. I was in control; I was the boss. MS shows me who’s boss now.

Fuck MS, y’all.

Episode 137 | MS, Visibility & Representation (Part 2) — feat. Azure Antoinette

She’s been called “the Maya Angelou of the Millennial generation”. Join us for Part 2 of our conversation with the poet, actress, and fellow MSer, Azure Antoinette. We talk about MS, representation, and visibility.

Find Azure on Instagram @hello_azureantoinette, Twitter @AzureAntoinette, and her website: azureantoinette.com. Go check out the article to which we refer in the episode: Why Representation Matters When Living with MS

You can find us on the web at http://myelinandmelanin.com, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @myelinmelanin. You can also subscribe to us on YouTube.

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As we do not get paid to produce the podcast, these are costs that come out of our pockets. This can often be a struggle.

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Peace!

Episode 137 | MS, Visibility & Representation (Part 2) — feat. Azure Antoinette

She’s been called “the Maya Angelou of the Millennial generation”. Join us for Part 2 of our conversation with the poet, actress, and fellow MSer, Azure Antoinette. We talk about MS, representation, and visibility. Find Azure on Instagram @hello_azureantoinette, Twitter @AzureAntoinette, and her website: azureantoinette.com.

Episode 136 | MS, Visibility & Representation (Part 1) — feat. Azure Antoinette

She’s been called “the Maya Angelou of the Millennial generation”. Join us for Part 1 of our conversation with the poet, actress, and fellow MSer, Azure Antoinette. We talk about MS, representation, and visibility.

Find Azure on Instagram @hello_azureantoinette, Twitter @AzureAntoinette, and her website: azureantoinette.com. Go check out the article to which we refer in the episode: Why Representation Matters When Living with MS

You can find us on the web at http://myelinandmelanin.com, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @myelinmelanin. You can also subscribe to us on YouTube.

Consider supporting us through our Patreon — http://patreon.com/myelinmelanin. Patrons can gain access to exclusive content, Myelin & Melanin swag & more.

Your support helps us offset the cost of maintaining our website, paying for our remote recording technology, music, podcast & merchandise production, and more.

As we do not get paid to produce the podcast, these are costs that come out of our pockets. This can often be a struggle.

If you enjoy the podcast, please take a minute to leave us a 5-Star rating on Apple Podcasts.

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Peace!

Episode 136 | MS, Visibility & Representation (Part 1) — feat. Azure Antoinette

She’s been called “the Maya Angelou of the Millennial generation”. Join us for Part 1 of our conversation with the poet, actress, and fellow MSer, Azure Antoinette. We talk about MS, representation, and visibility. Find Azure on Instagram @hello_azureantoinette, Twitter @AzureAntoinette, and her website: azureantoinette.com.

Stay Tuned — Azure Antoinette!

We’re excited for our upcoming two-part conversation with “the Maya Angelou of the Millennial generation” — Azure Antoinette. Did you know that she was on a recent episode of Grey’s Anatomy?

Why ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Is Putting Disabled Actors Front and Center

In last night’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy, “Breathe,” we were graced with some very exciting and very welcome blasts from the past: McSteamy (Eric Dane) and Lexie (Chyler Leigh) joined Meredith, still trapped in a coma, on the beach-in-her-brain for some real heart-to-hearts.

Check out her super dope duet with Kevin McKidd!

Chasing Cars // Azure Antoinette & Kevin McKidd

DOWNLOAD – https://music.apple.com/album/chasing-cars/1533238238?i=1533238240.Azure Antoinette + Grey’s Anatomy star Kevin McKidd have teamed up to create th…

Find Azure on Instagram @hello_azureantoinette, Twitter @AzureAntoinette, and her website: azureantoinette.com. Go check out the article to which we refer in the episode: Why Representation Matters When Living with MS!

https://themighty.com/2021/03/why-representation-matters-when-living-with-ms/

Stay tuned!

Episode 135 | These Parts: Intimacy & MS (Chapter 5) — feat. Dr. Aaron Boster, MD

Intimacy extends beyond romantic relationships. Today we’re joined by Dr. Aaron Boster, MD, and we chat about one of the most intimate relationships an MSer will ever have — with their MS specialist. 

Dr. Aaron Boster, MD is President of The Boster Center for Multiple Sclerosis (bosterms.com). He is a board-certified Neurologist specializing in Multiple Sclerosis and related CNS inflammatory disorders.

Find Dr. Boster on Twitter @aaronbostermd and YouTube.

You can find us on the web at http://myelinandmelanin.com, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @myelinmelanin. You can also subscribe to us on YouTube.

Consider supporting us through our Patreon — http://patreon.com/myelinmelanin. Patrons can gain access to exclusive content, Myelin & Melanin swag & more.

Your support helps us offset the cost of maintaining our website, paying for our remote recording technology, music, podcast & merchandise production, and more.

As we do not get paid to produce the podcast, these are costs that come out of our pockets. This can often be a struggle.

If you enjoy the podcast, please take a minute to leave us a 5-Star rating on Apple Podcasts.

Stream the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, and everywhere you listen to podcasts.

Peace!

Myelin & Melanin™ Podcast

Podcast hosted by Dawn (DX 2000) and Daana (DX 2004) — two Black women sharing their musings on life, multiple sclerosis, and everything in between! Dawn and Daana met in 2016 in a Facebook group dedicated to the disease-modifying drug LEMTRADA.

Episode 134 | These Parts: Intimacy & MS (Chapter 4, Part 2) — feat. Damian Washington

Join us for Part 2 of Chapter 4 of our latest intimacy series. Intimacy is about closeness and connection — not just human connection. The closeness we have with our pets is special– especially when you have a chronic illness. Today we chat with Damian Washington about his dog Cooper.

Find Damian on his website: damianwashington.com and on his vlog: http://youtube.com/nostressms. Check him out on Instagram @damianwashington and Twitter @deedubs57. Find him on Facebook.

As always, you can find us on the web at myelinandmelanin.com, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @myelinmelanin. You can also subscribe to us on YouTube.

Consider supporting us through our Patreon — http://patreon.com/myelinmelanin. Patrons can gain access to exclusive content, discounts, Myelin & Melanin swag & more.

Your support helps us offset the cost of maintaining our website, paying for our remote recording technology, music, podcast & merchandise production, and more.

Also, if you enjoy the podcast, please take a minute to leave us a 5-Star rating on Apple Podcasts.

Stream the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, and everywhere you listen to podcasts.

Peace!

Episode 134 | These Parts: Intimacy & MS (Chapter 4, Part 2) — feat. Damian Washington

Join us for Part 2 of Chapter 4 of our latest intimacy series. Intimacy is about closeness and connection — not just human connection. The closeness we have with our pets is special– especially when you have a chronic illness. Today we chat with Damian Washington about his dog Cooper.

Episode 133 | These Parts: Intimacy & MS (Chapter 4, Part 1) — feat. Jenna Green

Join us for Part 1 of Chapter 4 of our latest intimacy series. Intimacy is about closeness and connection — not just human connection. The closeness we have with our pets is special– especially when you have a chronic illness. Today we chat with Jenna Green about her dog, Dixie.

Check out Jenna’s blog at http://fullofgritandgrace.com. Find her on Instagram and Twitter @thejennagreen. 

You can find us on the web at myelinandmelanin.com, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @myelinmelanin. You can also subscribe to us on YouTube.

Consider supporting us through our Patreon — patreon.com/myelinmelanin. Patrons can gain access to exclusive content, Myelin & Melanin swag & more.

Your support helps us offset the cost of maintaining our website, paying for our remote recording technology, music, podcast & merchandise production, and more.

As we do not get paid to produce the podcast, these are costs that come out of our pockets. This can often be a struggle.

Also, if you enjoy the podcast, please take a minute to leave us a 5-Star rating on Apple Podcasts.

Stream the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play and everywhere you listen to podcasts.

Episode 133 | These Parts: Intimacy & MS (Chapter 4, Part 1) — feat. Jenna Green

Join us for Part 1 of Chapter 4 of our latest intimacy series. Intimacy is about closeness and connection — not just human connection. The closeness we have with our pets is special– especially when you have a chronic illness. Today we chat with Jenna Green about her dog, Dixie.

Episode 132 | These Parts: Intimacy & MS (Chapter 3) — feat. Keesha (Kiki) Charles

Spirituality and intimacy? We are joined, this week by fellow MSer, Keesha (Kiki) Charles for a discussion of spiritual intimacy. How does spirituality impact life with chronic illness, MS in particular?

Find Keesha (Kiki) on Instagram @kikicharles.

You can find us on the web at http://myelinandmelanin.com, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @myelinmelanin. You can also subscribe to us on YouTube.

Consider supporting us through our Patreon — http://patreon.com/myelinmelanin. Patrons can gain access to exclusive content, Myelin & Melanin swag & more.

Your support helps us offset the cost of maintaining our website, paying for our remote recording technology, music, podcast & merchandise production, and more.

As we do not get paid to produce the podcast, these are costs that come out of our pockets. This can often be a struggle.

If you enjoy the podcast, please take a minute to leave us a 5-Star rating on Apple Podcasts.

Peace.

Episode 132 | These Parts: Intimacy & MS (Chapter 3) — feat. Keesha (Kiki) Charles

Spirituality and intimacy? We are joined, this week by fellow MSer, Keesha (Kiki) Charles for a discussion of spiritual intimacy. How does spirituality impact life with chronic illness, MS in particular? Find Keesha (Kiki) on Instagram @kikicharles. You can find us on the web at http://myelinandmelanin.com, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @myelinmelanin.

Episode 131 | These Parts: Intimacy & MS (Chapter 2) — feat. Becca Agauas & Courtney Townsend

When a person is diagnosed with MS, the entire family is diagnosed with MS. In Chapter 2 of our latest intimacy series, we focus on connection and families. We are joined by two amazing MS care partners — Becca Agauas & Courtney Townsend.

Becca’s mother, Faith has MS, and she shares her reflections on the importance of communication. Find Becca on Instagram @youkeepmesmyelin.

Courtney is Daana’s sister. She shares her reflections on the importance of patience. ** Courtney’s story begins at approximately 20 minutes. You can find Courtney on Instagram @i_am_courtneyclare.

You can find us on the web at http://myelinandmelanin.com, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @myelinmelanin. You can also subscribe to us on YouTube.

Consider supporting us through our Patreon — http://patreon.com/myelinmelanin. Patrons can gain access to exclusive content, Myelin & Melanin swag & more.

Your support helps us offset the cost of maintaining our website, paying for our remote recording technology, music, podcast & merchandise production, and more.

As we do not get paid to produce the podcast, these are costs that come out of our pockets. This can often be a struggle.

If you enjoy the podcast, please take a minute to leave us a 5-Star rating on Apple Podcasts.

Peace.

Episode 131 | These Parts: Intimacy & MS (Chapter 2) — feat. Becca Agauas & Courtney Townsend

When a person is diagnosed with MS, the entire family is diagnosed with MS. In Chapter 2 of our latest intimacy series, we focus on connection and families. We are joined by two amazing MS care partners — Becca Agauas & Courtney Townsend.