Why are you invovled with iConquerMS?
I think as a patient we are sometimes excluded from the research and data side of things. I like contributing my personal experience as well as seeing firsthand how that data will help researchers obtain the information they need to hopefully, one day, find a cure.
What is one thing you have learned or discovered about yourself from having MS?
I don't think I realized how resilient I am. I am proud of all the things I have accomplished in spite of MS but I am most proud of the things that I have accomplished because of MS.
What advice would you give someone who is newly diagnosed?
There are so many more effective and better treatment options now. I have had this disease for 15 years and am amazed by the progress that has been made in such a relatively short period of time. I would tell someone newly diagnosed not to compare their story to others. Each one of us has a different MS journey and it is up to you to advocate for yourself to ensure you get the best care and treatment possible to keep you thriving.
Make sure to check out Julie's children book, "Some Days, a tale of Love, Ice Cream, and My Mom's Chronic Illness".