Cathy Chester community advocate Cathy ChesterDiagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1986 Cathy has been advocating for the MS community since then, prior to the internet or any approved MS medications. She is a certified health advocate and patient leader and created an award-winning blog, An Empowered Spirit to empower, inspire, and educate the MS community. Over the years Cathy has been a regular contributor to several MS and health websites and has served as a consultant for many pharmaceutical and health-related companies. Her unique story has been featured in industry newsletters and magazines, including Katie Couric’s Wakeup Call, Reader’s Digest,, and Woman’s Day. Her writing has appeared in various media outlets, including The Huffington Post, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Multiple Sclerosis Association of America, Everyday Health, PatientsLikeMe, BetterAfter50, Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop, The Mighty, and Women at Woodstock.

Cathy has been featured on television and radio for outlets such as PBS, Harvard Radio,, The Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers, Touch Medical Media, Healthline, and WHOA! Network. Among other awards she’s received, she’s proudest to be awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from WEGO Health.

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