Matt Allen G was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in August of 2010 at the age of 20. He immediately started blogging about his experiences navigating a strange new world of life with a chronic autoimmune disease in hopes of helping others in similar situations feel like and know that they are not alone. Matt also aims to inspire other people living with this chronic illness to keep moving forward and to strive to educate themselves about their MS to the best of their ability so that they can be their own advocates. He is a firm believer in the idea that knowledge is power and believes that we tend to fear what we do not understand; that knowledge can help mitigate that fear.
Having been diagnosed in a time where social media was booming, he quickly came to understand how valuable it was to people living with MS and similar illnesses. Thanks to the internet, he has connected with many other people who are also fighting this fight all over the world and while traveling around the States and abroad has even met with some of them. Blogging about MS and utilizing social media has allowed him to connect with others in ways that greatly helped him understand how everyone’s battle with MS is different but that we are all in this together. For Matt, blogging has played an essential role in maintaining the willpower and motivation to keep fighting to overcome this disease.
Matt currently lives in Southern California but considers Colorado Springs, CO his second home and hopes to relocate there one day. You can visit his personal blog (which has always been a work in progress) here.
Click here to read all of Matt’s articles on MultipleSclerosis.net.