At age 22, Suzanne experienced loss of vision that led to an MS diagnosis. From the start, she fought back with a disease-modifying drug and adopted a healthier lifestyle including losing 40 pounds and playing volleyball regularly. Since her diagnosis, she got married and gave birth to two healthy boys.
Chris’ early diagnosis coupled with finding the right medication for him has allowed him to remain active and engaged as a Work-from-Home Dad. From her first words to her first steps and beyond, Chris has kept up with the formidable pace of his very active little girl.
Jamie doesn’t let MS stop her from achieving her goals. She’s a new mom, “her greatest accomplishment,” and nurse working full-time in healthcare. Although she had a few obstacles from MS, these challenges have led her to take greater accountability for her own health and wellness.
Few people without MS can claim to have run more than 26 miles at one time. Bill's dedication to a healthy lifestyle kept MS from slowing him down as he finished one of the most competitive races of them all the Boston Marathon.
Alevia had to take a short break from college after her initial diagnosis. Thanks to great care and the wonderful support of her family, she soon returned to finish her studies.
Now Alevia puts her biology degree to work in the quality control lab for the country's premier emergency response organization.
Debbie is no longer defined by her disease thanks to Iyengar yoga — a unique style developed by an instructor with MS. Although she's cut back on her acting career, Debbie's embraced her situation and refocused her energy in ways that enable her to live an enriched, fulfilling life.
Like so many others with MS, Michele has had to adapt to her disease, but she doesn’t let it rule her life. She continues her career as an associate dean for one of the nation's leading law schools.