Chronic pain. Fatigue. Dizziness and trouble walking. These are just a few of the symptoms of multiple sclerosis, a disease that affects more than up to half a million Americans. This month’s Top 10 Social HealthMakers are making a difference, covering the latest news on diagnosis and treatment and sharing tips on managing MS symptoms to help people with MS live their fullest lives.
Trevis Gleason was diagnosed with secondary progressive MS in 2001 at the age of 35. A former U.S. Coast Guard navigator, Goodwill Ambassador, chef and director at the California Culinary Academy, he has since become a leading voice for people with MS, writing for Everyday Health’s Life with Multiple Sclerosis blog and National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s MS Connection.
Cathy Chester is a health and wellness blogger for The Huffington Post and the voice behind An Empowered Spirit, a blog about living a healthy and vibrant life after the age of 50. Having been diagnosed with MS in 1987, Chester is also dedicated to patient advocacy, conducting educational presentations on behalf of National Multiple Sclerosis Society to nursing homes about the basics of living with MS.
Julie Stachowiak, PhD, is the columnist for About.com’s Guide to Multiple Sclerosis, author of The Multiple Sclerosis Manifesto and an epidemiologist. Dr. Stachowiak talks openly about living with her disease and aims to help people understand how the latest research around MS might affect them.
John Gever is the deputy managing editor at Medpage Today, where he has covered biotechnology, health and medicine for nearly 30 years. He often writes about the latest clinical studies surrounding chronic conditions such as multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer’s disease.
Nicole Lemelle is a writer and activist living with MS. She has worked as a registered nurse, chemist, cardiology charge nurse and cardiac device specialist. Lemelle created My New Normals to chronicle life experiences of people living with MS to educate those who do not understand the disease, reassure people with similar plights and inspire everyone to seize command of their lives.
At age 28, Matt Cavallo was diagnosed with MS. His story of being diagnosed and overcoming the physical and emotional challenges associated with having a chronic disease can be read in his memoir, The Dog Story: A Journey into a New Life with Multiple Sclerosis.
After being diagnosed with MS and realizing how difficult it is to find information on the Internet, Stuart Schlossman founded MS Views and News and its associated blog with the mission to collect information concerning MS, foster a comprehensive resource platform and educate the global community of people living with MS.