Fresh Starts: Changing Self-Talk to Serve Me Better

By Stacie Prada

Sometimes we want to make changes, and sometimes we need to make changes.  We choose some, and some are thrust upon us. It doesn’t always mean we’re ready or able to make them. Making a fresh start can be exciting and intimidating.

I’m a big fan of trying to make these changes easier.  Like the placebo effect can help us feel better when we take sugar pills thinking they’re medication, I’m all for using how our brains work to – for lack of a better word – trick myself into doing things I want to do.

How we think, our opinions of ourselves, and the language we use can limit us and our personal growth.  I’m considering Continue reading

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How to Make Sustainable Dietary Changes

By Alene Brennan

As a nutrition coach for individuals living with multiple sclerosis, I walk each client through the changes they need to use diet and lifestyle to manage their symptoms.

It’s a process that I took myself through long before I was a nutrition coach. First, I overcame debilitating migraines through diet and lifestyle changes. Then when I was diagnosed with MS years later Continue reading

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Fresh Something

By Lauren Kovacs

We all have that New Year’s resolution bug. For MS folks a fresh start comes every day, really. We learn that even tying our shoes in two tries instead of three is a fresh start.

It can be hard for many to see joy in the simple things. Just getting my hair in a ponytail is worth celebrating, for example. If people would take joy in simple things, maybe Continue reading

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Hot Artichoke Dip – Recipe of the Month

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Hot Artichoke Dip - Recipe of the MonthIt is hard to believe that 2019 is here and soon we will be watching the Super Bowl. This artichoke dip recipe is a crowd-pleaser and requires very little effort. You can offer tortilla chips, pita chips and veggies to dip into this flavorful goodness. This dip can serve 6-8 people. Continue reading

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Hope in the New Year

Hello, 2019! You got here fast! And I hope you brought some good and positivity with you for the year ahead. Right before the New Year rang in my cell phone died for a period of time in the final hours of 2018. Because I tend to be a bit of a pessimist at times, my first thought was, “Oh great, is this a sign of what 2019 has in store? Because if it is I’m sleeping through it!” My husband, who is definitely a glass half-full type of personality, completely changed my way of thinking. Since I’ve been Continue reading

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So You Made a Resolution

Oh the New Year! Each January 1st millions of people make pacts, decisions and turn over new leaves as a shiny new year looms ahead of them. You may not be the resolutions type. Maybe you think “What’s the point? A majority of New Year’s resolutions go bust anyway.” And you are right. In fact, US News states that roughly 80% of all resolutions made, fail by just the second week of February. 80%, 6 weeks in! That’s nuts. Now there are lots of blogs and how-to lists Continue reading

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Health Insurance Changes – Live Webinar

New Health Insurance Webinar - Copay AccumulatorThere have been a number of updates and dramatic health insurance changes in the past year. Join MSAA, as we present a new webinar on one of these changes:

“What Happened to My Co-Pay Assistance? How Co-Pay Accumulators are Affecting You!”
Thursday, January 31, 2019
8:00 pm (Eastern)

Are you receiving rebates and subsidies to help pay down on your prescription medication? As a result of certain healthcare changes, this may now be in jeopardy. Continue reading

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January 2019 Artist of the Month: Celebrating the Work of Artists Affected by Multiple Sclerosis

MSAA is very proud to present our 2018-19 Art Showcase – celebrating the work of artists affected by multiple sclerosis (MS), like Susan (below) who is a Texas artist with multiple sclerosis.

We received many wonderful submissions from across the country and are delighted to share their work and their stories with you. Please visit our online gallery to view all of the new submissions.

Susan Russo – Pearland, TX
Winter in Philadelphia
Susan Russo Artist of the Month Winter in Philadelphia

About the Artist

I was diagnosed with RRMS in 2001. I’m not perfect. I have rough days. I cry. I get angry. But then, I pick up a paint brush and I start to create whatever I am feeling. I get lost in a beautiful world of lines and shades and colors. The creation of something visually beautiful helps me to refocus on the fact that I am so much more than my MS.

It’s my dream to change lives through my paintings and what better way to do so but to reach out to those suffering from MS and the myriad of other diseases people battle every day. If I can bring just one moment of joy or hope to one who is hurting, then, my mission is complete.

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Seasonal Depression – Ask the Expert

Featuring Miriam Franco, PsyD MSCS
Psychotherapist and Psychoanalyst
Member of MSAA’s Healthcare Advisory Council

Question: Is Seasonal Depression a real thing?

Answer: Yes, it is. Approximately 5% of the U.S. population experiences Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) per year.  SAD is believed Continue reading

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