We at MultipleSclerosis.net are thankful!

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we at MultipleSclerosis.net wanted to express our gratitude by sharing some of the many things that we are thankful for. And of course, we encourage you to do the same!

First, we’d first like to recognize all of our incredible contributors. We have such an amazing group of patient advocates who share their wealth of knowledge about multiple sclerosis.

Our patient advocates are willing to bare their heart and soul to us and to all of you; without them, MultipleSclerosis.net could not exist. They are willing to open up to us about their feelings on their darkest days, yet they also lift our spirits with other stories of success and triumph. They share their tips and tricks for dealing with the everyday symptoms associated with MS, coping with life while living with an invisible disease, and much, much more. Most of all, they provide much needed support to our community members during their times of need.

All of our contributors are responsible for taking what could just be another website, and turning it into a community.

MultipleSclerosis.net team

Ashley Ringstaff

Ashley was diagnosed with MS August 2010. She is a mother of two little boys and an MS advocate for MSWorld.org & embracing life for what it is and making the most of every day.

Cathy Chester

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 as a person. Some days are better than others, but each day is a gift and one she cherishes dearly.

Christie Germans

Christie is a number crunching photographer who loves riding her bike really, really fast! And, she happens to live with MS and writes about it on her blog, the Lesion Journals.

Jackie Zimmerman

Jackie was diagnosed with MS in 2006, in her final semester of college. She considers herself a bit of an auto immune allstar, as it feels like she’s trying to collect ‘em all! But she looks it all with a smile, a positive attitude and just as many laughs as there are tears.

Kim Dolce

Having taken turns writing for radio and reference books, then cranking out an unbearably serious first novel—Kim Dolce is now exploring the lighter side of life: Coping with MS.

Laura Kolaczkowski

Laura is active in the national and local MS community, facilitating patient programs including MS research and an MS Aquatics program. She is also a presence on the internet at MS patient sites and maintains her blog at InsideMyStory.com. Laura has a particular research interest in the use of internet information by people with MS and how that knowledge is shared in the patient-doctor relationship.

Lisa Emrich

Lisa Emrich is a patient advocate who has been helping patients educate and empower themselves since 2008. After being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2005, Lisa learned firsthand the challenges of navigating the healthcare and insurance systems as a self-employed freelance musician in Washington, DC, performing on horn and piano. She uses her experience to educate patients and encourage them to take an active role in their own health care.

Marc Stecker

Marc lives in New York City with his lovely & wonderful wife Karen. Diagnosed with Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis in March of 2003, he now requires a wheelchair to get around the city. Marc likes to drive his wheelchair at full speed, thus the moniker “Wheelchair Kamikaze.”

Matt Allen G

Matt was diagnosed with MS in 2010 at the age of 20, and has become an active member in the MS community, in particular with his blog MattsMS.com. Matt is an avid traveller and photographer who recently relocated from Southern California to Colorado.

Nicole Lemelle

Nicole Lemelle is a writer, an activist, and a person living with Multiple Sclerosis. She was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2000 and lived relatively symptom free for years. In 2009 an exacerbation hospitalized her for three weeks. This event forced her to retire from her dream job at the age of 34 and find a new passion. She began writing and working within the MS community.

Nikki Kennedy

Nikki is a crafty wife who loves to knit, sew, & DIY to make her home cute and functional. She is an artist and outdoor enthusiast whenever possible. Nikki’s life was changed by an MS diagnosis at the age of 19 but she has learned that it doesn’t rule her life and now her goal is to help others through her own experiences.

Stephanie Butler

Stephanie is a nurse, fitness enthusiast, science nerd, and eternal optimist. After being diagnosed with RRMS she realized that she could use her experiences as a patient to make a difference in the lives of others. Six months after she was diagnosed she became a Multiple Sclerosis Certified Nurse and began working in an MS center where she is a patient.

Stephen Woodward

Steve was diagnosed with MS in 2005 after having vague symptoms over a number of years. He is the Head of Marketing at a small arts centre & also an occasional musician, a full-time Music Nerd, & part-time Music Snob.

Community

We are also ever so grateful for our community! We are thrilled to have thousands of you visiting MultipleSclerosis.net on a regular basis, participating in the MS in America research, commenting on articles, and sharing your thoughts with us here and on our Facebook page. We are humbled by your willingness to share your own personal stories with us, letting others who live with MS know that they are not alone.

Healthcare providers and research

Additionally, we are grateful for those who dedicate their lives to treating patients, as well as those who are also conducting valuable research in the field of MS. We hope that this research will one day lead to a cure so that no one has to live another day with this devastating condition.

Caregivers

Last, but not least, we are so very thankful for caregivers of those with MS. So many of our community members are fortunate enough to have a family member or a loved one who provides constant love and support, and help with the big and the little things in life that are made more difficult by RA. We are lucky to have a caregiver among our contributors, and she is able to share her story and the impact that her husband’s MS has on her own life.

Donna Steigleder

Donna Steigleder is a human resources professional by trade, nurse by training and caregiver for her husband, Lynn, who was diagnosed with MS in 2006. Donna now balances her time between her full-time job and caring for Lynn 24/7. She shares her story to describe the challenges and triumphs associated with the life of a caregiver.

We at MultipleSclerosis.net would like to express our sincerest gratitude to all of you! Thank you for doing everything that you do to improve the lives of those with MS.

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