Changing Lives through Programs and Research


Elysa, a former teacher, credits the National MS Society with helping her live her best life. When she was diagnosed with MS, she thought she was going to have a steady decline and be able to do less and less. “I just didn’t know what I was going to do," Elysa said.

She turned to the Society to learn how to cope with her disease through online classes, website resources and was paired with a mentor. She learned to expend energy on activities she truly enjoys and to break difficult tasks into smaller steps. Elysa set a goal to use her poles more, instead of her walker—starting with going just down the driveway, then to her neighbor’s house and now for a mile. Not being reliant on her walker has much improved her posture, and the poles strengthened her hands so she can enjoy pottery and gardening again.

"It’s like a whole world has opened up, and it’s just been fantastic. And I’m not in pain all the time,” Elysa noted. “The National MS Society, to me, is a rock. They’re there for you whenever you need. The Society is amazing because it helps people access information
and programs they can use to live their best lives.”

Charity Name
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Photo Caption
Elysa, diagnosed in 1989
Photo Credit
National Multiple Sclerosis Society