Sunday, January 11, 2015

Welcome - About Me

Hi, I’m Dagmar Munn.

If you, or someone you know has been diagnosed with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as MND or Lou Gehrig's Disease), I invite you to join me as I explore and share the many ways we can live a balanced and resilient life - - all while LIVING with ALS.

I consider you my new friend! No matter where you live - - we share the ALS experience.

Sometimes my posts (I post about every other week) will be humorous, sometimes serious, but always helpful and usually full of links and resources so you can continue to explore ideas on your own. Remember, as I share my thoughts and experiences with you, I hope you'll share your comments with me.

About me
Years ago, my professional life involved teaching wellness and mind-body health as well as leading many, many fitness classes. In 1996, I was part of a team that created the St. Luke’s Center for Health & Well-Being; a department of St. Luke’s Hospital, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

We were the first hospital-based complementary and alternative therapy center in the state of Iowa and offered classes in yoga, tai chi, Pilates and meditation. Over time, we grew to add Holistic Nursing, therapeutic massage, acupuncture, Reiki and even Holistic Physician services. As the center's Director, my time was spent teaching classes and educating patients, hospital staff and the community on the topic of wellness and our unique services. I spent over twenty-nine years helping others reach and achieve their health goals.

I grew up bouncing on trampolines*, competing in gymnastics and have a Masters degree in dance. My life has been filled with movement!

In December of 2010, I was diagnosed with ALS; the challenge for me became one of how to apply all those wellness and movement experiences to my new situation - - you could say I became my own special class of "one!"


This blog is dedicated to encouraging you to do the same!
Dagmar Munn - ALS and Wellness Blogger
* Are you interested in trampoline history? If so, be sure to check out my other blogs at:


Contact Dagmar at: dagmunn1@gmail.com



"Wellness is more than being free from illness. It is a dynamic process of change and growth. A conscious self-directed and evolving process of achieving full potential."
The National Wellness Institute 

15 comments:

  1. This is wonderful...just amazing how you can verbalize these marvelous techniques for all of us in our daily living. Thank you

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    1. I appreciate your kind words and support and hope you enjoy my future posts! Thank YOU.

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  2. Yay! I love your blog, and you are such an inspiration!

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    1. Thank you Christine! I look forward to this year of sharing my thoughts and motivation with you and all my blog readers.

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  3. Hi Dagmar,
    You are the queen of ALS fun stuff ! We call it A LOVE STORY - ALS.
    Wonder if you have an email we could contact you. We are in Redondo Beach Ca. and a few years into the abundant laughable situations. walkindadog@aol.com

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    1. Thanks for the "high five!" I will contact you shortly. Looking forward to it!

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  4. Hello Dagmar,
    I feel blessed to have found you! I live in Wisconsin and also have ALS. Is there any way possible to purchase one one your Father's inventions for bouncing? This is truly amazing! Please email me: carole.fusaro@yahoo.com

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    1. Thank you - good to "meet" you too! I will contact you.

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    2. is it possible to buy one of you Fathers bouncing invention i have als and i am interested in any kind of exersises that you do Thanks my e-mail is brendachunt1@yahoo.com any info will be appreciated have you ever heard of BioXCell?

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  5. Wow, great site--thank you for all your work! Where can I get one of those trampolines? I was also a bouncing fanatic and gymnast and think I could still manage a little supported bouncing.

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    1. Kat - Unfortunately the HealthBounce unit is no longer available from the original vendor. However if you email me on Google+ I can share links to a few distributors who may still be selling them. In general, look for any high quality rebounder that has a bar or hand-hold attachment to use while you bounce.

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  6. This post was very inspiring. My husband has ALS and i often read a lot of posts about it in hopes that i can learn even more than i already know. I think it is amazing that you were able to overcome your obstacles by coming up with a daily life routine. What a great website.

    Aubrey Holloway @ Primary Care AK

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    1. Thank you Aubrey. I hope you have had the opportunity to read my e-book (available as a free download from this blog site) that shares more of my experiences and motivation for others to have a balanced life while living with ALS. Best wishes and regards to both you and your husband.

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  7. Dagmar , happy to have found your blog ,as a fellow pALS it is always great to connect with those that have taken a positive and inspiring path to share. We have also chosen to follow a path to help our fellow pALS and are working on the funding and development of the 1st ALS Patient research app @ www.alsneversurrender.org .. we believe every person matters and hope to involve as many pALS as possible ! Look forward to reading your past posts and enjoying many more new posts to come !

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  8. Hello,
    I'm a long ago friend that wants to send you his thoughts and prayers. Those days of beating your father at Spaceball I will always cherish. Best wishes. Ron

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