Singer and producer David Osmond inherited his love of music from his famous father and Marie Osmond's brother, Alan Osmond. But like his father, David also developed multiple sclerosis.
As a teen, Chantelle Hobgood started experiencing numbness and tingling in her lower extremities, which she chalked up to a pinched nerve. When she finally got a diagnosis, she says, “I broke down into tears.”
Veteran journalist Richard Cohen has a strong family history of multiple sclerosis, but he says he was in “denial” when he first started showing signs of the disease.
While 2.3 million people worldwide have multiple sclerosis, there’s a lot most people don’t understand about the disease.
Mom Lindsey Santiago shares the challenges of parenting when coping with multiple sclerosis. “You take it for granted that you can get up and go, or put your child in a stroller and walk," she says. "That to me is huge.”
Mom Judawn Merritt acknowledges that the future can be “scary," when you're parenting a 16-year-old with multiple sclerosis, but she says she’s so proud of how her son has handled his diagnosis.
“Just because you have an MS diagnosis doesn’t mean you’re not worthy of love or all the great things you originally planned for your life,” says Cory Martin, who has multiple sclerosis.
Michelle Tolson, a former Rockette and Miss New Hampshire, has made it her mission to talk about MS. “If I can help somebody know and be aware of what MS is, I think I’ve done some good in the world," she says.
After her diagnosis, artist Brooke Pelczynski was "terrified" she wouldn’t be able to hold a brush to paint or draw, but instead learned how to adapt. "I think that has made me a better artist,” she says.
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Shellie Nichol Chandar, who has multiple sclerosis, believes she was targeted after parking in a handicap-accessible spot because her disability isn't obvious.
Actress Selma Blair is opening up about how her life has changed since learning she has multiple sclerosis.
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Medical experts are still mystified about what exactly causes an autoimmune disease. But now, fascinating new research shows that your gut bacteria may play an important role.