WBEZ | Steve Waranauskas http://www.wbez.org/tags/steve-waranauskas Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Tab Bamford tests fans' Blackhawks IQ http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-24/tab-bamford-tests-fans-blackhawks-iq-95775 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2012-January/2012-01-24/AP Photo Charles Rex Arbogast.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago is full of fanatics--that is, Chicago sports' fanatics. And <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> thought it was about time to test some of the <a href="http://blackhawks.nhl.com/" target="_blank">Chicago Blackhawks</a> most loyal fans. Tab Bamford occasionally writes a blog for <em><a href="http://www.chicagonow.com/" target="_blank">ChicagoNow</a></em>, along with his other sports writing endeavors. He is also the author of <em><a href="http://www.triumphbooks.com/products/100_things_blackhawks_fans_should_know_and_do_before_they_die/1572436342.php?page_id=290" target="_blank">100 Things Blackhawks Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die</a></em>.</p><p><em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> asked Bamford to moderate a showdown between Steve Waranauskas, WBEZ IT wizard, Jimmy Greenfield, community manager at <a href="http://www.chicagonow.com/" target="_blank"><em>ChicagoNow</em></a> and Kat Velez, senior Chicago Blackhawks reporter for <em><a href="http://aeryssports.com/runs-on-duncan/" target="_blank">Runs On Duncan</a></em>--all super fans in their own right.</p></p> Tue, 24 Jan 2012 15:44:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-24/tab-bamford-tests-fans-blackhawks-iq-95775 A personal outlook on the struggles of multiple sclerosis http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-21/personal-outlook-struggles-multiple-sclerosis-84011 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-March/2011-03-21/warno-redjersey WBEZ.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Multiple Sclerosis is a challenging disease. It causes a person&rsquo;s immune system to attack the protective insulation around nerve fibers in the brain and spinal cord. But those living with the disease were given another challenge during March.<br /><br />As part of the 2011 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.nationalmssociety.org/about-multiple-sclerosis/ms-equals/index.aspx">MS Awareness Week</a> MS patients were invited to answer this question: what does MS mean to you? WBEZ&rsquo;s Steve Waraunaskas provided his answer.<br /><br />What does multiple sclerosis mean to me?<br /><br />Many things&hellip;It&rsquo;s a challenge, it&rsquo;s a discipline, and it provides motivation.<br /><br />Multiple sclerosis symptoms can range from slight numbness in the limbs to paralysis or blindness.&nbsp;When I was initially diagnosed 9 years ago, MS became the challenge of the unknown.&nbsp;Hours of research into an intimidating amount of information regarding MS treatments, therapies, and lifestyles was a daunting task.&nbsp;As the days went by, I was slowly able to wrap my brain around all the implications of what MS is and where it could lead me.&nbsp;The path through a life with MS slowly became clearer. Instead of looking at M-S as one large challenge, I decided the best course for me was to break it down into a series of smaller obstacles, faced day by day, taking small steps instead of trying to leap over everything in a single bound.<br /><br />There is no cure for MS and the best treatments currently available can only slow its progression.&nbsp;I treat my MS in many ways using a combination of medication, diet, and exercise.&nbsp;It takes a lot of discipline to keep working on all those fronts, especially on days when I&rsquo;m feeling strongest or during a period when my symptoms are in remission.&nbsp;My current MS medication regime requires me to receive a 90 minute intravenous infusion of a drug administered at the hospital every 4 weeks like clockwork.&nbsp;There are times when knowing that I&rsquo;ll have a needle stuck in my arm and will be spending an hour and a half hooked up to an IV when a far more pleasant activity&nbsp;in my life presents a conflict can be a little depressing.&nbsp;But I know if I skip just one treatment, my symptoms might just get a little bit worse.<span> Then it&rsquo;s MS that starts posing the conflicts with the activities I want to enjoy instead of the other way around.</span><br /><br />Having MS is also incredibly motivating for me.&nbsp;Every summer the Illinois chapter of the National MS Society stages a bicycle event fundraiser called the Tour de Farms.&nbsp;Cyclists from all over the state pedal the farm roads of northern Illinois raising money and awareness to fight&nbsp;MS.&nbsp;The Tour covers over 150 miles in a weekend and the rest stops along the way are staffed by volunteers, many of whom have MS.&nbsp;Every year I assemble a team of family and friends to ride the Tour.<br /><br />I HAVE to ride every year&hellip;to help my fellow MS patients who struggle with the disease and to use the exercise to keep my body strong and my MS symptoms at bay.&nbsp;My teammates CHOOSE to give up a weekend to do this.&nbsp;Seeing the effort they put in year after year for the benefit of all of us diagnosed with M-S humbles me.&nbsp;More importantly, it motivates me to keep working hard to show &nbsp;that the treatments and therapies developed through their efforts in the Tour <u>do</u> work and someday all of us with MS will lead symptom free, normal lives.<br /><br />What does having multiple sclerosis mean to me??&nbsp;Well everything really&hellip;a reason not to quit, a reason to stay the course, a reason to not get complacent when things are good and not get down when things are bad.<br /><br />It&rsquo;s a curse, a blessing, and a cause.</p><p><em>Music Button: Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, &quot;The Reason&quot;, from the CD I Learned the Hard Way, (Daptone)</em></p></p> Mon, 21 Mar 2011 12:48:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-21/personal-outlook-struggles-multiple-sclerosis-84011