December MSer of the Month!

Each month I want to highlight someone in the MS community who is doing amazing things for themselves and their MS diagnosis!

If you’d like to be interviewed and share your story, please email me at info@liss-ms.com!

When were you diagnosed with MS? What was it like for you?  

It was a relief. I had been having random medical issues from Uveitis, to right sided numbness, cognitive issues, and vertigo for almost two years at that point. 

What did you think was going to be the hardest part of MS? What was actually the hardest?

Before I understood my MS, I thought the most difficult part would be life in a wheelchair. The hardest part actually was getting my MS under control of that makes sense. Once I got on the right therapy and trained myself how I need to deal with my MS.

Have you or are you currently taking any MS medications?

I started on Rebif, and was on that for ten years. After two flares we switched to Gilenya and I was diagnosed with Crohn’s a year later so I switched to Tysabri and have been on that for three years now.

What is the symptom you struggle the most with?  

Cognitive issues, and fatigue.

Have you made any diet changes that has helped?  

After Crohn’s I went gluten-free and anti-inflammatory. It definitely helps the Crohn’s from what I can tell. I feel better also, so that’s probably helping my overall health.

Have you made any lifestyle changes that has helped?  

I went back to my Navy PT days and got back into shape. I started cycling in Bike MS, and I lost 60 lbs. I also continued education and completed my bachelor’s in business in 2020. It has definitely helped.

Was your family/spouse/friends supportive of your decisions; if not did they change their minds afterwards?

My family is very supportive.

What is the most impactful thing you’ve done to help your MS symptoms?  

Getting back in shape has helped me physically and mentally.

If you could tell someone newly diagnosed one thing, what would you say?  

Become an advocate for yourself.