Lisa Emrich

Lisa Emrich, Patient Expert

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.

MS Signs & Symptoms: Optic Neuritis

Credit: Thinkstock On a Tuesday morning in March 2000, I woke up to a world that looked like someone had smeared Vaseline jelly on my glasses; I couldn’t see well at all. Not yet diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (my diagnosis wouldn’t come for anoth...
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How to Be Your Own Best Advocate

A diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS) can feel like being shoved into the deep end of the swimming pool while you were fast asleep and being told, “Wake up! It’s time to learn how to swim.” While you find yourself in shock and trying not to drown, l...
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My MS and My Bloodhound Nose

Credit: Thinkstock Walking into the kitchen, I stop to ask, “Who got bananas?” My husband replies, “We don’t have any bananas.” But I distinctly smell bananas and now I want one. “I did have some strawberry and banana yogurt earlier today," he s...
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Building Your Best MS Health Care Team

Credit: Thinkstock Building a strong health care team begins with YOU as you recruit team members with the skills and expertise to function in a coordinated way to provide you with the best care. As you work in active partnership with your team membe...
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A Wintery Mix: The Effect of Cold Temperatures on MS Symptoms

Credit: Thinkstock The start of a New Year is often a bright moment — a chance to look ahead and make grand resolutions and promises to ourselves for the months to come. For me, the new year brings excitement that days will continue to lengthen as th...
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7 Assistance Programs MS Patients Need to Know

Credit: Thinkstock Copay assistance programs can be blessings for patients who cannot afford to pay for prescribed medications despite insurance coverage. Frequently, drug manufacturers are able to provide financial help directly to patients in need. ...
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Top Multiple Sclerosis News For 2016

Credit: Thinkstock Medical research and new medications dominated the top multiple sclerosis (MS) news stories of 2016. From the 21st Century Cures Act to new drug approvals and increased research funding, people living with MS are encouraged that an...
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