The Home T is committed to raising money for multiple sclerosis (MS) research at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, but we also want to help raise awareness about the disease and how it impacts people.
This interview is part of an ongoing series where we talk to members of The Home T community that are impacted by multiple sclerosis. Today, we’re going to hear from Beth, the founder of the blog Modern Day MS.
A couple months ago, Beth was watching Shark Tank on TV (her favorite show) and saw Ryan’s pitch for The Home T. After learning that he donates 10% of all profits to multiple sclerosis research, she knew she wanted to reach out to him and spread the word on her blog! In July, she published a great interview with Ryan about his business and generosity to the MS community.
When we launched our Home T blog to raise awareness about MS, we decided to reverse the roles and interview Beth! We chatted about her journey and how she’s created a platform of positivity for people living with MS.
What state do you call home?
When did you learn you had multiple sclerosis, and do you have relapsing remitting or progressive?
September 11, 2012. I woke up with a numb hand and foot.
How has it impacted your life the most?
I created Modern Day MS and have connected with people worldwide with multiple sclerosis. It really opened my eyes.
Modern Day MS is a positive, non overwhelming and real website I created about a year ago. We cover Real MS Stories, Tips for Family and Caregivers, info about Medications, Symptoms, Natural Treatments and place to ask questions and connect with others. Our community is filled with MSers worldwide plus their families and friends. Almost everyone knows someone with MS. Many aspects of MS is invisible and it helps for others to read and comment on living with this chronic disease.
What inspired you to start Modern Day MS?
After I was diagnosed, I realized that we all go online for information and much of it was negative and depressing. There are many people living a positive and active life with multiple sclerosis.
What has multiple sclerosis helped you learn about yourself?
I am strong. I am lucky to have an amazing family and support system.
What’s one thing those that don’t have multiple sclerosis should know about it?
It is an invisible disease. I often hear how great I look, which feels nice – but it sucks when you feel awful inside.
Do you have any advice for those living with MS?
MS is not a death sentence. Take care of your body and mind, find a reputable doctor and surround yourself with good people.
What’s your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Peanut butter chocolate!
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In 2011, Beth Donaldson, mother of two and wife of a police SWAT officer, was busy with work and the day-to-day life of raising two children. But when she was diagnosed with MS at 40, she dedicated herself to making a difference. Now she and her husband Mike run Living MS and are launching a charity bike ride to benefit MS awareness and research.