Read MSAA’s latest issue of The Motivator

Cover for Summer-Fall 2012 issue of The MotivatorThe latest issue of MSAA’s magazine, The Motivator, is out now – read it online, download a version to your computer, or order a copy today.

Included in the online issue:

* Cover Story – The Evolution of MS Diagnosis, Treatment, and Care

* Research News – Aubagio® approval and other research updates

* Health and Wellness – The benefits of aquatic therapy and exercise

…Plus, extra “Ask the Doctor” answers, not included in the printed magazine!


The Evolution of MS Diagnosis, Treatment, and Care:

From the mid-1800s to the late 1900s, diagnostic criteria and therapies were fraught with uncertainty – and required more than a century of trial and error to reach today’s high level of success. Seventeen MS specialists are quoted, giving details about the most important contributions in MS history.

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Research News:

Read about the recent FDA-approval of Aubagio® (teriflunomide), as well as updates on DMF (dimethyl fumarate) and Lemtrada™ (alemtuzumab), both submitted for FDA approval.

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Health and Wellness:

Aquatic therapy and aquatic exercise are described, along with the benefits that they offer to individuals with MS.

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The Motivator is MSAA’s award-winning magazine provided to the MS community and to our generous supporters.

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Presenting MSAA’s Artist of the Month for October 2012


MSAA is very proud to present our 2012 Art Showcasecelebrating the work of artists affected by MS.

October Artist of the Month:

Thomas Geier – Boulder, CO

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On This Solid Rock I Stand by Thomas Geier

 “This painting depicts the Crystal Mill perched precariously above the Crystal River just outside of Marble, CO. It’s original function, as a part of the nearby Crystal Mine operation, has long been lost. It has, however – through changes unforeseen – gained a greater purpose as an iconic symbol of Colorado’s historic mining past. It has become one of the most recognized and photographed symbols of mining ingenuity in the state of Colorado.

So it is with my contest with MS. As I have been forced to alter my physical expectations of my natural aging process, I have been blessed with the positive side of change as I grow as an artist. I hope you find inspiration in this unique structure, still anchored on solid rock.”

To Send an Artist of the Month Online Card for October 2012 please visit

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“It seems essential, in relationships and all tasks, that we concentrate only on what is most significant and important.”

– Soren Kierkegaard

Relationships have the capacity to be great. They can be fun, comforting, reliable, and strong. I think most of us would agree that while relationships can be wonderful, they can also be challenging at times, just like anything else. Any relationship, no matter the connection—spouse, significant other, parent-child, sibling, friend—each comes with its own benefits and struggles. I know that I can definitely bump heads with my mother from time-to-time on any kind of issue, but I suppose it comes with the territory.

I think that all of us, at one time or another, like to think that we can do everything on our own—to be independent from others so that we can show ourselves what we are capable of. But I believe it’s part of human nature to seek out connections, to find comfort and dependability in another being so that we can feel a part of something bigger. What do you look for in your relationships with others? What helps you make those connections?



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Have you seen it?

Back in the day, people would gossip at the water cooler about what happened on the previous evening’s must-see television shows. Nowadays people frequently watch YouTube videos…everything from zany cat antics to learning how to knit baby booties, and if you like what you see, you might forward the link to a friend instead of gossiping face-to-face.

Sometimes listening to a speaker or being able to watch a short clip can be helpful in breaking up information, allowing a person to process and understand what is being discussed. When learning about multiple sclerosis this can most certainly hold true. To help overcome this information overload, MSAA has developed a series of educational videos through our MSi (Multiple Sclerosis Information) program that you can watch on demand and at your own pace.  So, please check out our 36 MSi videos at

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