I have a new Hero, and he wears the seal of the Blue Lanterns.

But I’m being rude… let me introduce myself. My name is Jonathan, and I’m a Stay at Home Dad.

(I feel like I’m at an A.A. meeting waiting for “Hi Jonathan” from the group.)

For my first entry here on this board, I wanted to share a bit of who I am and tell a bit of my story…but my story has an interesting twist. In addition to being a stay at home dad I’m also a Multiple Sclerosis (MS) survivor.

My story starts about 3 years ago. I was living in the upstate of South Carolina and running an HR firm. We had just weaned our first child and my wife and I were about to take a well-deserved holiday. We had left our daughter with her grandparents and were on the way out of town when something odd happened. My chest started itching, and nothing we did could make it stop. I had thought about seeing a doctor about it, but my hand was forced a couple of days later when I went to step out of bed and almost fell to the floor because my legs refused to support my weight. I didn’t know what was happening. I was terrified that I had some kind of brain tumor and that I was going to die.

From there things continued downhill. Within a month I had been diagnosed not only with MS, but with another additional chronic, incurable disease. My whole world fell apart. I quit my job and launched into a spiraling depression. It was a deep, dark rabbit hole that I wouldn’t wish on anybody.

Several months ago I got a job offer. It was from a company that helps people with MS, and it was essentially a speaking gig. I accepted the offer and they flew me to Boston for training. There I met with 10 other “ambassadors” that also had MS. It was a LIFE-CHANGING experience to be among these powerful, positive, charismatic people. Everyone there had MS, but there wasn’t a victim in the room.

So what’s with the Blue Lantern thing? The Blue Lanterns are part of the DC mythology, a sister ring corp to the Green Lantern Corp. However, where the Green Lantern gets it’s power from Will, the Blue Lanterns get their power from the emotion of HOPE. They gain power by restoring people’s Hope, and that is exactly what I Hope to do, to show people that, just because they have MS that does not mean that their lives are over. There is help, and there is Hope.

So how does this all tie in with me being a Stay at Home Dad? I mean, this is a SaHD forum, right? Well, you can believe me when I say that being a SaHD with MS presents some pretty unique challenges, and I hope (there’s that word again) that by bringing to light the challenges that I face I can inspire some of you other dads to persevere!!

All Will Be Well!!