“What I Wish I Knew When I Was Diagnosed” – Featuring Cathy Chester

Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain.”

I’ve known Cathy for several years.  We first met on Twitter & have remained close to this day.  She is an amazing blogger & a lovely friend – talented, loving & giving to so many people.  One of my favorite qualities about Cathy is how honest & open she is when she speaks about her life in general & her life living with MS.  For those of you who don’t know Cathy, it’s about time you do!  In this post you will see her video, I Wish I Knew, which offers a reflective look back to the time she was first diagnosed with MS compared to her life today living with the disease.  Besides her blog, you can find Cathy on Twitter, Facebook & LinkedIn.

About Cathy and An Empowered Spirit:  An Empowered Spirit is Cathy’s blog.  It’s purpose is to empower you to live a rich and full life after age 50 and despite living with a disability.  Cathy has lived with relapsing-remitting Multiple Sclerosis since 1986 and knows although she has MS, MS does not have her.

Cathy Chester is a graduate of Boston College with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Business and has completed The Alfus Patient Advocate Certificate Program at The University of Miami.  Her blog, An Empowered Spirit  https://www.anempoweredspirit.com was named Top Health Blog by Healthline and Top Multiple Sclerosis Blog by Healthline and WEGO Health.  Cathy was named one of the “Top 10 Social HealthMakers in Multiple Sclerosis” by Dr. Mehmet Oz’s platform, ShareCare.  She is a regular contributor to MultipleSclerosis.net, Multiple Sclerosis News Today and Mango Health.  Cathy’s work has appeared in numerous online publications including PatientsLikeMe, The Huffington Post, NARCOMS Now, Erma Bombeck’s Writers’ Workshop, Midlife Boulevard, BetterAfter50, The Friendship Blog, BlogHer and The Mighty.

Cathy has been profiled in The National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s MOMENTUM magazine, as well as NARCOMS, the premier global registry for Multiple Sclerosis research, treatment, and patient education.  She received the Thumbs Up 2017 Award from the International Organization of Multiple Sclerosis Nurse (IOMSN) for being instrumental in advocating and promoting MS nursing.  She lives in New Jersey with her husband, son and two adorable cats.  She enjoys writing, reading, knitting, classic movies, music, theater, art, hiking, biking and paying it forward to others.



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