Hi. I’m Cat.

I started this blog to help facilitate conversation about multiple sclerosis between myself and my friends, after being diagnosed with RRMS in 2013. Disease makes people–myself included–uncomfortable. The internet can be a scary place, particularly during diagnosis and in the months following. There’s so much unknown and, at the same time, too much information out there. And so, my audience grew to include others with the disease.

And then I expanded further and began also writing for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s blog, MS Connection and later, Biogen’s online resource, Above MS. My writing has been featured in Momentum magazine and Something On Our Minds: Anthology of Multiple Sclerosis Writings (Volume 4). I also have served on a few advisory boards, including for IsolateMS.

I am not a healthcare provider, nor do I  have any medical experience or schooling. This is real talk from a real person who was diagnosed with MS at a young age, and I’m happy to share experiences, advice, and positivity with the newly (and long-time) diagnosed, as well as friends, family, curious types, and anyone who loves someone with MS.

Oh? And the name of this blog? It’s all explained here.

This is my story. And it doesn’t end with MS.



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  2. Stacie

    Hello! My name is Stacie and I was just diagnosed with MS (yesterday) to be exact. I stumbled across your bloog since I have buried myself in MS information on the internet. I love your blog! I also live in milwaukee. I am 26 years old and a nurse at a local hospital. I am terribly scared of the unknowns but reading your blog is making it a little less scary. I appreciate that! My mom also has MS which was diagnosed at the age of 30. Crazy gentics and the lack of vitamin D huh? Luckily, she has a very mild form. I am scared for the future as they have found 9 lesions in the brain and 1 now in my spinal cord which was reactive to contrast on c7 showing active ms. Now I am starting to realize what it’s like to be a patient and not just the nurse. Let me tell you it’s a scary road! I am trying to take all the good days in with a positive attitude because it always could be worse.

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    1. Hi Stacie! Nice to meet you! I’m so happy you found my blog and are enjoying the content 🙂

      I would be a little cautious, however, with how deeply you dive into the internet so soon after a diagnosis. You know a little bit of what to expect because of your mom’s experience, but the web can be a very scary place and has the capability to bring you down quickly.

      Please keep in touch! I’d love to hear how you’re doing. 🙂

      If you’d like, you can subscribe to this blog via email and be notified every time I post something new and for the time in between, you can follow me on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube—all @itsonlyabruise).


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