Lisa Emrich

Lisa Emrich, Patient Expert

Lisa Emrich is a patient advocate, accomplished speaker, author of the award-winning blog Brass and Ivory: Life with MS and RA, and founder of the Carnival of MS Bloggers. Lisa uses her experience to educate patients, raise disease awareness, encourage self-advocacy, and support patient-centered research. Lisa frequently works with non-profit organizations and has brought the patient voice to health care conferences and meetings worldwide. Follow Lisa on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

A Wintery Mix: The Effect of Cold Temperatures on MS Symptoms

Credit: Thinkstock The start of a New Year is often a bright moment — a chance to look ahead and make grand resolutions and promises to ourselves for the months to come. For me, the new year brings excitement that days will continue to lengthen as th...
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7 Assistance Programs MS Patients Need to Know

Credit: Thinkstock Copay assistance programs can be blessings for patients who cannot afford to pay for prescribed medications despite insurance coverage. Frequently, drug manufacturers are able to provide financial help directly to patients in need. ...
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Top Multiple Sclerosis News For 2016

Credit: Thinkstock Medical research and new medications dominated the top multiple sclerosis (MS) news stories of 2016. From the 21st Century Cures Act to new drug approvals and increased research funding, people living with MS are encouraged that an...
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Living With Advanced MS: Improving End-of-life Care

Credit: Thinkstock Discussions about end-of-life issues are often taboo in our culture — until we are “suddenly” faced with unpleasant realities and challenging decisions. Although many deaths occur unexpectedly, a large number of deaths follow a pro...
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Do I Need A Spinal Tap To Diagnose MS?

Credit: Thinkstock Testing for multiple sclerosis (MS) is a multi-step process as there is no single test or biomarker that defines the disease. Diagnosis requires that evidence of demyelination be detected in more than one location of the central ne...
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Do I Need To See a Urologist for MS?

Credit: Thinkstock Many people with multiple sclerosis (MS) experience urinary problems at some point. Common problems associated with MS, often caused by neurogenic bladder, include frequent urination, urinary urgency and/or hesitancy, urinary incon...
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