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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Meet Beth Prystowsky, Creator of Modern Day MS!

Modern Day MS is an incredible resource for all MS patients. This website features timely and accurate articles covering a variety of MS related topics, including recent research, medications, and personal experiences with the illness. The site features an impressive list of writers and authors, all of whom live with MS.

The creator of this site is Beth Prystowsky, a mother and writer from Chicago. Beth is an inspiring, positive person who aims to get the latest information out to as many MS patients as possible. She is a driven and motivated activist, and is truly making a difference in the lives of patients around the world. I recently had the opportunity to ask Beth about her life.

Beth Prystowsky, creator of Modern Day MS

Q: When were you diagnosed with MS? What were your first symptoms?

A: September 11, 2012.  I woke up with my right hand and foot numb and I had drop foot.

Q: How are you doing now? What do you do to keep yourself healthy? I know you are very interested in yoga, do you find that it is helpful for MS?

A: Now, I am grateful that I am able to do everything that I want or need to do.  That said, I don't feel I ever got back to normal.  The numbness and drop foot went away, but I notice problems in my speech, memory, coordination and energy.

I try to eat healthy, although cheat at times.  Yoga has been the biggest gift to my diagnosis.  It is beyond helpful to me every single day physically, mentally and emotionally.

Q: You own and operate Modern Day MS. Can you tell us about the site? What can readers expect to find there? 

A: When I was diagnosed I naturally went to the internet (as did my husband and sister) and the results were quite depressing and outdated.  I saw a need for a non-overwhelming place where modern MSers could learn about symptoms, medications, natural treatments, research and ask questions. There also is a space for caregivers and their families as they need information and support too.

Q: What motivated you to start your website? 

A: I guess I explained that above.  But, each email or comment that tells me the site has helped someone during a hard time makes me feel it is so worth it.  There can be isolation with MS and I hope to make those people feel less alone.

Q: What are your future plans? Books, more websites, speaking engagements? 

A: I want all the 2.3 million people in the world and their families to have access to Modern Day MS.

Q: What do you see as the future for MS? Any particular new treatment or research you find intriguing?

A: I am very interested in stem cell treatment.  It is new, intense and can create complications as well as amazing results.  There is a ton of research going on right now and I am hopeful our children' generation will not need to experience multiple sclerosis as we have.

If you are searching for an online resource for the most up-to-date MS information, I would highly suggest visiting Modern Day MS. Click HERE to visit the site. Enjoy!

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