Lisa Emrich

Patient Expert

Living with multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid Arthritis, Lisa Emrich is an award-winning, passionate patient advocate, health writer, classical musician, and backroad cyclist. Her stories inspire others to live better and stay active. Lisa is author of the blog Brass and Ivory: Life with MS and RA and founder of the Carnival of MS Bloggers. Lisa frequently works with organizations in support of better policies, patient-centered research, and research funding.

Lisa serves on HealthCentral’s Health Advocates Advisory Board, and is a Social Ambassador for the MSHealthCentral Facebook page.

Conditions Covered:Multiple Sclerosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Obesity

Latest by Lisa Emrich

Guilt and Gratitude are Both Part of Life with MS

After years of debilitating symptoms, MS patient advocate Lisa Emrich shares a bit of hopeful news – that MS can get better, and the gifts her condition has given her today.

My MS Journey Going Sugar Free

While there is no one diet espoused to combat MS, Lisa Emrich discusses the benefits she experienced when eating a ketogenic diet.

Those Pesky Self-Injectable Medications Don’t Have to Hurt (As Bad)

Several medications used for MS are injectable drugs — aka, shots. We’ve been running from shots since we were kids, but they don’t have to hurt as badly as we remember. Here are some simple tips to minimize the pain, while maximizing the treatment.

When Your Partner Has MS

Multiple sclerosis is a life-altering condition — it's not just going to alter your partner's life, it's going to alter yours, too. However, that doesn't mean it's the end of life and your relationship as you know it. Find ways to be a supportive partner, while keeping your spark alive.

You Can Actually Help Guide Research for MS

Participating in a research study of any new experimental MS therapy is important, but that’s not the only way to get involved in research. You can also get involved by sharing information about yourself and participating in surveys through programs like iConquerMS™, and more.

Is It MS, or Something Else?

Multiple sclerosis symptoms vary so much that no two people with MS are bound to have the same symptoms. Additionally, MS symptoms mimic dozens of other conditions, so it is important to consider that these symptoms may not be MS at all. Here’s how to know the difference.

Top Multiple Sclerosis Articles of 2018

Lisa Emrich features favorite MS articles of 2018 in this comprehensive list.

Does Optimism Hurt or Help MS?

Attitude is everything when living with MS. Learn the difference between optimism, pragmatism, and pessimism, and how your attitude can impact MS.

7 Celebrities Living With Multiple Sclerosis

Celebrities are able to spread awareness and inspire others living with MS. Here are seven celebrities with MS.

Tips to Speed Through Airport Security With MS

Some basic preparations can make any airport-security experience quick and (relatively) stress-free.