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Living with MS in the Public Eye: 2 Women’s Stories

By Linda Childers
December 22, 2022

Nearly 1 million people in the United States are living with multiple sclerosis (MS), according to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS). And many of them experience symptoms that aren’t noticeable to others, which can put those people with MS in the position of deciding whether or not to reveal their diagnosis.

Because friends, co-workers, and others might not fully understand what it means to have this disease, and could respond in undesirable ways, it’s understandable that some people with MS might choose not to say anything about their condition. For other people with MS, however, sharing their story might turn out to be a truly gratifying experience—one that could even change the way they live for the better.

We talked to two high-profile women about how they decided to tell the world about their multiple sclerosis, what it’s been like to live with MS in the public eye, and how they’ve learned to manage life with the disease.