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

Create the Right Environment to Thrive With MS

Living with MS requires that you live in a place that nurtures you physically, emotionally, and socially. Learn tips on creating the right environment to thrive with MS

You May Think You Know About RA, But You Have No Idea

People assume so many things about living with RA, like that it’s “just a joint disease,” or that men can’t get it. These facts may help clear things up.

Having Difficulty Regulating Body Temperature With MS?

With MS, it can be difficult to get your body temperature just right. You’re too hot or too cold, sweaty or frigid. Understanding this symptom is half the battle.

Five Types of MS Stress and How to Reduce Them

When it comes to MS stress, there are many colors and variations, including physical, emotional, social, economic, and cognitive. Identifying each type will help you be able to reduce their impact.

The MS Hug and Different Types of MS Pain

The MS hug isn’t what you think. It's a painful, banding sensation around the torso. Learn about the MS hug and other kinds of pain associated with MS.

The Benefits of Music for MS

Learn how music can help address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of persons with MS and how music therapy is used in neurology.

Four MS Infusion Options and How to Prepare for Them

Learn about the four main infusion therapies available for MS today – the course of treatment and what you need to know on infusion day.

Living With MS: Survival Tips for Your Big Event

True: There is no getting rid of your MS for a big event. False: It’s impossible to enjoy yourself. Follow these tips to go to your event with confidence and have fun.

Stay Safe and Have Fun by the Pool With MS

Don’t let your MS stand in the way of summertime fun by the pool. Use these safety precautions and pool exercises to relax, get stronger, and enjoy the season.

How I Rebuilt My Self-Confidence After an MS Diagnosis

An MS diagnosis can easily steal your self-confidence, but it doesn’t have to. With the right perspective and actions, it can also feed your sense of self. Read the insight of someone who has been there.