Vote for Wheelchair Kamikaze

The Wheelchair Kamikaze is my friend Marc, who was diagnosed with Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis a few years ago.

He now needs a wheelchair to get around, but that hasn’t stopped him from pursuing his passion- photography. He lives in New York, and likes to drive his wheelchair at top speed in the streets of the City, and take photographs of whatever catches his fancy.

He has posted many of these wonderful pictures and videos too, on his blog- ‘Wheelchair Kamikaze’ . After being diagnosed with PPMS, he researched extensively about this condition and has written informative posts about it on his blog.

MS has affected Marc’s ability to type on a keyboard, so he writes his posts with the help of a voice recognition software programme called Dragon NaturallySpeaking. In his inimitable style, Marc says-

‘Using Dragon NaturallySpeaking doesn’t make MS suck any less, but it does allow me to write about how much having MS sucks’.

One of my favourite posts on his blog is ‘Footprints and Shadows: The Tao of MS.’ Marc narrates an interesting parable and then concludes-

‘The way, then, is to find the contentment within that eclipses physical disability, and to make the infinite number of choices each and every day that allow for that contentment. I will never be happy about having multiple sclerosis, but I can be happy in spite of it’.

Marc’s blog has been nominated for the category of ‘Best Patient’s Blog’ in the Sixth Annual Medical Weblog Awards (2009).

Marc’s posts on medical research about MS are very informative, yet easy for the average reader to understand. His posts about life after MS reflect his dry wit and ability to introspect.

Do visit Marc’s blog- ‘Wheelchair Kamikaze’ .

And if you feel, as I do, that his blog deserves to win the ‘Best Patient’s Blog’ award, please vote for ‘Wheelchair Kamikaze’ here .



  1. Manju,I came across this blog from your blog, when your earlier template showed links in the sidebar. I have been following his blog for some time now , and have nothing but admiration for Marc. I just went and voted for him. Maybe you can post about this on Facebook too.I hope with wins….


  2. Voted first. I admire this person for his self-confidence in life. After reading his posts, I feel silly for cribbing for small small things. Thank you, Manju, for introducing him to us.


  3. Amazing, such perseverance…I have a friend here who also has MS but not the progressive kind…Although her legs ache all the time, she keeps herself extremely busy…She's doing her Master's while taking care of her 5 year old son…Nothing seems to deter her…She finds solace in meditation and chanting and reads a lot on positivity…She feels this positivity has prevented another attack…She just amazes me…


  4. Thanks for sharing it!..people like him show us what is courage..just the otherday I read about a girl who slipped and fell from the train and her both arms and legs were amputated… was in RD…


  5. One needs such amazing souls to stop us from cribbing about minor issues….I stole this line from his blog…."Endeavor to live your life like a Labrador, attack each day like it's a great big Rawhide bone sent from heaven."Thanks for sharing this blog and I hope he wins….


  6. So much grit and determination. And we waste so much time whining about silly things. Thanks for introducing to us such an amazing person.I have voted.


  7. Sorry, I was travelling but I did go and vote now. People like him can serve as an inspiration to so many. I will also check out the blog.


  8. Manju, this is a wonderful post aout Marc. He does put me to shame. All I do is whine. I will be so happy is he wins that category. I said at the beginning of his endeavor with the blog, I have no doubt we will see him have some sort of national prominence here in the US. His kind of research, film work and writing can't go unnoticed.


  9. Anrosh– Thank you!Marie– Thanks for commenting here!Your own posts are inspiring, too- they teach how to face troubles with a sense of humour!But, yes, Marc's posts are wonderful. And as you say, he is gifted in so many ways.


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