1/22/15 – A Day I’ll Never Forget

2 years have gone by since my MS diagnosis. I remember the day as if it were yesterday. My heart sank when I learned the news and I felt as if I couldn’t breathe. Even writing about it now makes me feel anxious, scared and numb all over again.

I only wish I knew then what I do now, but I am proud to look back at the pledge I made to myself and to know that I’ve kept my promise. This was the hardest thing I’ve ever written but I needed to do it. It helped me accept my position, determine next steps and commit publically that I wouldn’t let my newfound diagnosis overcome me. It’s held me accountable every day since and I hope it will continue to indefinitely. Read more

An Interview with Dr. Haley E. Titus on MS Research & Progress

I’m excited to introduce you all to Dr. Haley Titus, a Neuroimmunologist and Post-Doctoral Fellow at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. She’s also a member of the National MS Society’s Multiple Solutions board (which is how we initially met), a dedicated philanthropist, and has made it her goal in life to help cure MS in her lifetime.

A few months ago, Dr. Haley Titus provided an update to National MS Society board members on the progress that’s been done relating to MS research and lofty goals for a cure. In our interview below, she addresses not only what’s being done to stop MS but also what’s being done to repair the damage that’s already done to those with MS. Currently, there are many medications to stop the progression of the disease but nothing out yet to help repair, so this felt huge to me.  I felt so hopeful after that update that I wanted to share her promising updates with the larger community here. Read more

Finding Your New Normal

It’s 9am on a Friday morning as I sit patiently awaiting an IV so I can begin my monthly infusion. I make small talk with the nurses after taking my routine pregnancy test to ensure my heavy-duty medicine doesn’t harm my apparent unborn child. Unfazed, I ask Jenny how her daughter is and then look around the room to see if any of the other usual suspects are here. Within a few minutes, I have 115 mL of Tysabri being pumped into my veins that will slow down my overactive immune system for next 30 days. As I sit back to begin two hours of frivolous busy work to pass the time, I can’t help but think to myself: This is my new normalRead more

Reminder to Shop at Athleta to Support MS – It’s THIS week!

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Hi everyone! I wanted to remind you all that this Wednesday, December 7 from 4-7pm I’ll be hosting an event at Athleta on Fremont (901 W Weed St, Chicago) with proceeds going to the MS Society. I’m listing the Top 5 Reasons you must attend, plus my favorite Athleta pieces – all inside.

Can’t make it to the event? Don’t worry – you can participate from afar (details below!). Read more