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.

What is Benign MS and How Is It Treated?

Credit: Thinkstock Multiple sclerosis is a disease of the central nervous system. There are traditionally four forms of the disease that include relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS), secondary progressive MS (SPMS), primary progressive MS (PPMS), and progre...
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Build Confidence and Foster a 'Can Do' Spirit to Fight MS

Credit: Thinkstock Do you believe you have the power and skills to complete tasks and accomplish specific goals? If so, you have a high level of self-efficacy. People with high self-efficacy may be said to have a “can do” spirit. Self-efficacy can be ...
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Should You See An MS Specialist?

Credit: Thinkstock Previous generations of people diagnosed with multiple sclerosis didn’t have many treatment options. The phrase ‘diagnose and adios’ became popular in the MS community for a reason. If new neurologic events occurred, neurologists c...
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Healthy Aging with Multiple Sclerosis

Credit: Thinkstock What factors do people with MS say help them as they get older? The more we learn about healthy aging, the better equipped we will be to focus on important aspects of life now that can make a difference in our quality of life later...
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Annual Flu Vaccine, MS, and MS Medications

Credit: Thinkstock Protecting yourself from illness is important, especially when you live with multiple sclerosis. Being ill when you have MS can mess with your body. When you have an infection, fever, or become overheated, it can cause a temporary ...
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The Many Ways MS Can Really Mess With Your Sleep

Credit: Thinkstock People living with multiple sclerosis are at increased risk of sleep disturbances, which can lead to daytime sleepiness and fatigue. The most common sleep problems associated with MS include insomnia, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), ...
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