Cathy Chester was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1987, but has lived with MS symptoms since 1981. Now in her fifties, her philosophy is life is precious and should be lived to the fullest each and every day. She views her MS as merely a small part of who she is. Some days are better than others, but each day is a gift and one she cherishes dearly.
Cathy is author of the award-winning blog An Empowered Spirit that won third prize in 2014 in Healthline’s Best Health Blog Contest. Her blog, for people age 50+ who want to live a vibrant and healthy life, is about using our abilities despite disability. She also focuses on issues concerning midlife, animal rights, social good causes, books and movies and living a joyful life. She writes for several websites that focus on healthy ways to live with Multiple Sclerosis and in 2014 was featured in a story in NARCOMS Now.
Cathy is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post where she’s written about living with MS and disability for their Impact section. Her work has also appeared in several online magazines including Midlife Boulevard, BetterAfter50, Erma Bombeck Writers’ Circle and Women at Woodstock.
Cathy lives in suburban New Jersey with her loving husband, son and their 3 adorable cats. Since the weather affects her MS, she hopes her family will move south someday to avoid the cold winter weather. For now, she enjoys the cultural life New York City has to offer, and the natural wonders of New Jersey’s (easy) hiking trails and the beauty of its coastal shoreline.
Cathy enjoys yoga, hiking, knitting, music, theatre, books, travel and art and is obsessed with classic movies. She loves spending time with old friends, and in a Utopian universe would have them as next-door neighbors.
Click here to read all of Cathy’s articles on MultipleSclerosis.net