Quest Is 20 (Spring 2013)

To celebrate our 20th anniversary, MDA’s Quest magazine is highlighting 'oldies but goodies' that cover a number of topics

Article Highlights:
  • In honor of Quest's 20th anniversary, the magazine will highlight 20 archived articles in each of the year's four issues.
  • The Quest archives are full of informative articles about living with neuromuscular disease, and this is a chance to revisit some oldies but goodies.
  • In this issue, we've selected stories ranging from service dogs to genetic testing, as well as articles about summer camp, home remodeling and other stuff we like.
by Quest Staff on April 1, 2013 - 9:09am

Quest Vol. 20, No. 2

The Quest archives are jam-packed with informative articles about living with neuromuscular disease. In order to share (or re-share) some with you, Quest will be highlighting 20 back-issue articles in each 2013 issue.

Select from the list of 20 stories below, or if you're looking for something else, be sure to enter your keyword(s) into the search box above. If you know of anyone who's not online and who would find these articles helpful, contact Quest or your local MDA office for a paper copy. And, if you have a favorite Quest article that you’d like others to read, please let us know by calling (800) 572-1717 or emailing Happy reading!

Service dogs

Can a Pet Dog Learn Service Dog Tasks?
Jan Blaustone, January 2012
Training a pet to be more helpful might be possible, with patience.

Trainer with SMA Turns ‘Underdogs’ into Winners
Miriam Davidson, October 2011
Dogs that have “washed out” of other programs might still make great service animals.

Service Dogs and Kids
Kathy Wechsler, May 2007
Children gain increased independence with a service dog — but can they handle the dog?

Service Dog or Psycho Dog?
Jan Blaustone, December 2000
Rescuing and self-training an abandoned dog sounds perfect — in theory.

Summer camp

MDA Summer Camp: Breathe Deeply and Let Your Baby Go
Amy Madsen, January 2009
Fear and guilt sometimes stop parents from sending their child to MDA summer camp.

MDA Summer Camp: Something for Everyone
Phil Bennett, March 2008
Campers and counselors describe exactly what they love about camp.

Bad Eggs and 'Ahshwa Time’: MDA Camp Has It All
Christina Medvescek, March 2006
Camp means being surrounded by a caring, goofy team of grown-up kids — aka MDA camp counselors.

MDA Summer Camp: Golden Memories
Alyssa Quintero, March 2005
A history of MDA summer camp through the eyes of campers and counselors.

Home remodeling

Home Mods: 'Everything Was Falling Apart'
Alyssa Quintero, September 2008
“Rebuilding Together” does free accessibility remodeling for homeowners in need.

Home Mods: Finding the Perfect, Used Accessible Home
Bethany Broadwell, September 2008
Includes a resource for finding REALTORS who specialize in accessibility.

Home Mods: Taking it to the Next Level
Jan Blaustone, September 2008
Everything you need to know about remodeling the most important room in the house.

Design Your Kitchen to Fit You
Barbara and Jim Twardowski, September 2003
The kitchen is the heart of the home and the busiest room in the house.


Love Letters and Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis
April 2011
One couple’s attempt to ensure their child wouldn’t have facioscapulohumeral MD.

Great Expectations: Pregnancy and Childbirth with Neuromuscular Disease
Margaret Wahl, Amy Madsen and Miriam Davidson, July 2010
An in-depth look at the scientific, medical and emotional aspects of having a baby when you have a muscle disease.

The Pain and Promise of Prenatal and Newborn Genetic Diagnosis
Margaret Wahl, July 2007
Clear and down-to-earth information about these two strategies.

The Pros & Cons of Genetic Testing
Christina Medvescek May 2003
Tough questions, straight answers.

Other stuff we like

How Dancing on Wheels Renewed My Spirit
Beverly Weurding, January 2012
“My mind, body and spirit become connected while dancing in my wheelchair.”

Why We Need Books About People Like Me
Jacob Gapko, April 2010
Characters with MD are important; the author compiled an extensive bibliography.

Gaining Their Sea Legs
Tom Williams, January 2009
A family crew of 11, including four with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, spent three years living on and sailing their wooden schooner.

Are You Looking at Me?
Abby Albrecht, September 2006
Let stares be dares to conversation, advised this author with spinal muscular atrophy.

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