“I am beyond thrilled to be a part of the HeathCentral team as an MS Ambassador!I’m especially looking forward to working with a group of peers and other writers I’ve known and admired for several years.Thank you all for this creative opportunity and I am deeply grateful to Lisa Emrich for her recommendation I be considered to join the team.” - Mary Pettigrew
Lots of exciting news here at MS HealthCentral. On World MS Day, we launched our very own Facebook page to bring you the latest MS news, share our favorite MS articles, and give you a convenient destination to have great conversations and find support. When HealthCentral asked me to help lead the effort, I said absolutely!
Joining me as co-Social Ambassador is Mary Pettigrew. Together, Mary and I will work hard to support YOU by sharing and creating resources while we provide a place for you to connect with fellow members of the MS community.
While you may already be familiar with my many advocacy activities, including the award-winning blog, Brass and Ivory: Life with MS and RA, iConquerMS, and speaking engagements worldwide, I want to introduce you to Mary and some of her wonderful accomplishments.
A writer, poet, patient advocate, and social media enthusiast, Mary Pettigrew is one who frequently thinks ‘outside the box’ and believes in limitless possibilities. Music and art have played important roles in Mary’s life. A classically trained pianist, Mary fell in love with musical theater and studied opera in college. After graduating from The University of North Texas in 1990 with a degree in hotel restaurant management, Mary enjoyed careers in event planning, sales and marketing, and was working as a personal fitness trainer when MS interrupted her life in 2001.
Mary used her many talents to re-invent herself and discovered new purpose in life - creating awareness, building community, and findings ways to celebrate those who inspire and make a difference in the world. Mary became active on social media in 2009 and has since created a vibrant global community, @MSpals, that connects people with MS on Facebook and Twitter. Mary also serves on the steering committee for the annual Dallas On the Move Luncheon, sponsored by the National MS Society, where she has actively recruited notable speakers living with MS such as Jason DaSilva, Kate Milliken, and Dan and Jennifer Digmann.
I’m excited to be working with Mary and invite you to ‘like’ our new Facebook page - HealthCentral Multiple Sclerosis - and to jump into the conversation. We are here to support YOU!
Be well, my friends,
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.