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

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.

Managing Multiple Sclerosis in and Fall and Winter

Tips for handling MS in the cold months, from avoiding slips and falls to wearing proper clothing.

Facing Depression and Anxiety With MS

Did you know depression is a symptom of MS? Lisa Emrich shares her experience living with both illnesses and offers insight for navigating through them.

The Flu and MS: Tips to Protect Yourself

Don’t let the flu throw your MS into hyperdrive. Reduce your risk of illness and know how to fight off influenza this season with these tips.

Comorbidity and Multiple Sclerosis: What You Need to Know

Living with MS is hard. Having additional conditions, or comorbidity, makes it even harder. Identify some comorbid conditions and find out what you can do to protect your health.

6 Yoga Poses to Help With MS

Learn about six yoga poses that help ease symptoms of MS and build physical and emotional resilience. Favorites include child’s pose and cat and cow pose.

8 Tips for Surviving an MRI

Knock, knock, tap, tap, buzz, buzz. No one enjoys an MRI, and yet they are an important part of disease monitoring with MS. Here are eight tips to make them more tolerable.

Hypertension and MS: What You Need to Know

Recent studies show that hypertension affects between 17 to 30 percent of people with MS. Find out more about the link between multiple sclerosis and high blood pressure.