It’s easy to create a story when you have already watched it play out before your eyes as I did that weekend. My favorite aspect of the book is the fact that, quite simply, every bit of this tale is real. The conversations E and I have. Her energy and excitement over all things she comes in contact with. Twirling. It was her twirling at the wedding which inspired my words. While watching Ellie dance, as I was trying to enjoy this a moment or two, I snapped this photo:

I watched in amazement as she twirled and she twirled and she twirled and she twirled, like there’s no other need for this girl! For the entire wedding, the trip home, and most of the month afterwards, it seemed like all she could talk about was “twirling”. Viola, the story that wrote itself!

I do have to give non sequitur credit to one more inspiration. Metallica, a long time source of motivation for me, is the final piece for My MS and E. Like this year, the inspiration for all my blogs in 2015 came on the music I chose for my ride. Unlike this year, my music selection was the music I use to exploit the raw energy and motivation feeling my emotions (http://neverstopneverquit.blogspot.com/2015/07/bikems-2015-hit-lights.html). When The Haggis Brothers broke out into a fine Irish version of “Whiskey in the Jar”, I had my theme. Watching Eleanor twirl just forced the rhyme.

The hard part as just begun: marketing the book, selling as many copies as possible in support of my fight, and fighting. Whenever my mind wanders to the fear of what will still come in this fight against MS, all have to do is reflect on the book that my daughter and I wrote together:


The fight is not over and it won’t be over until a cure is found.
It will never stop…nor will we
It will never quit…nor will we
This is why we fight!

Never Stop… Never Quit…®