Welcome to ABCs of Multiple Sclerosis, we are so happy you are here.
This newsletter is written by mother-daughter duo Jane and Emily. Jane is a writer and, like mother like daughter, Emily is too.
Emily graduated from The New School in New York City with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism + Design in December 2021. She often writes on the intersection of fashion and disability, inspired by her mom’s experience with fashion as a disabled person. She currently lives in New York City and grew up in San Francisco, California.
Jane has always loved to write. Her first article was published when she was ten, winning a writing contest in Rugby, England. She is a retired journalist, middle school English teacher, and university instructor. Jane was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in 2001 when Emily was one-year-old.
This newsletter aims to share Jane’s story of living 20-years with MS, covering the trials and tribulations of her chronic illness. ABCs of MS will include a perspective on what it’s like having a mom impacted by a neurological disease and an inside scoop on everything the mother-daughter duo have experienced in the throes of MS. ABCs of MS will also share and discuss disability in the social context, analyzing disabled products from adaptive sneakers to assistive devices.
As well as using the ABCs to categorize topics, ABCs stand for Attitudes, Behaviors and Coping strategies. All things we aim to present in each post. ABC’s is also the common name used to name the first three disease modifying treatments approved for MS, Avonex, Betaseron, and Copaxone.
We hope to spread awareness about multiple sclerosis and share what we’ve learned to help others affected by the disease.
Thank you for being here,
Jane & Emily x