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

Secondary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis Finally Has Two New FDA-Approved Treatments

The new medications, siponimod (Mayzent, Novartis) and cladribine (Mavenclad, EMD Serono), bring treatment options to active secondary progressive multiple sclerosis (SPMS). Most treatments approved for MS are for relapsing, rather than progressive, forms of the disease.

Slowing Down Long-Term Progression of Multiple Sclerosis With Disease-Modifying Therapies

A number of disease-modifying therapies (DMTs) are effective in decreasing the frequency of relapses and the number of lesions in the brain or spinal cord.

FDA-Approved Disease-Modifying Therapies for Multiple Sclerosis

Patients living with multiple sclerosis (MS) in the US may try these disease-modifying therapies (DMTs) to slow down the long-term progression of the disease.

Drugs to Take (And Not to Take) When Pregnant With MS

Multiple sclerosis requires you to learn large amounts of information. During pregnancy, one concern is your MS medication.

You Don’t GET MS, Until You Get MS

What are the best ways to handle when people just don’t GET having multiple sclerosis? Take a deep breath and practice compassion, show grace and gratitude, and avoid being dismissive are just three of the nine ways Lisa Emrich shares.

8 Tips To Boost Your Energy From the MS Community

Learn the ways that others with MS boost their energy levels, including drinking coffee, exercising, and getting adequate sleep.

What Things Can Help You With MS?

From devices to get those tough-to-open-jar-lids off, to how a change of scenery can impact your well-being, here are nine things that might surprise you that can help with your multiple sclerosis.

Fatigue So Severe With MS, It Has Its Own Name: Lassitude

If you're so tired, it feels like your soul is tired, you might have severe fatigue, or lassitude. Learn more about this type of fatigue with MS, and what it might mean to your daily life — and what you can do about it.

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.