Credit: Lisa Emrich
The Virginia chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMMS), of which I am a member, led the way for state advocacy across the country in support of policies that will benefit people living with multiple sclerosis (MS) and other chronic diseases, caregivers and their loved ones, and people who don’t have anyone else to speak up on their behalf.
Becoming an advocate is really easy, and you can take action from home by becoming an MS Activist and signing up for federal action alerts from the National MS Society. But there is something special about traveling to your state capitol, visiting the offices of your state legislatures, speaking your concerns, making your voice heard, and witnessing the legislative process in action if you are fortunate enough to sit in on a meeting of your state congress.
In January 2017, I traveled to Richmond, Virginia, to join other MS activists from across Virginia to collectively present three key issues to delegates and senators of the VA General Assembly. Fortunately,