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), and I’ve written as a guest blogger for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). I also have served on a couple 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.
“Over the past year, I’ve had the pleasure of working with Cat through her contributions to the National MS Society’s MS Connection blog. I always look forward to reading Cat’s blogs, both on her personal blog and on the MS Connection blog. Cat has excellent writing and story-sharing skills, and our social media audience connects to and engages with her blog posts. Cat is very passionate and takes the time to engage and listen to her audience. I highly recommend Cat and look forward to seeing the work she does in the future.”
–Amanda Gasper Krueger, Social Media Specialist at National MS Society
“I hired Cat as a contract writer for the National MS Society’s MS Connection blog after I came across her personal blog. Her writing moved me to tears and made me laugh out loud. I had the pleasure of working on the MS Connection blog with Cat for over a year. In addition to her professionalism and stellar writing, I was particularly impressed with Cat’s creativity and digital marketing savvy. I know I speak for thousands of people affected by MS when I express my gratitude to Cat for sharing her story with the world. I wholeheartedly recommend Cat and look forward to continuing to work with her in the future.”
–Maura Burns, Director of Strategic Communications at National MS Society
“Cat has that rare ability to write movingly about a difficult personal issue without falling into sentimentality. I worked with Cat on a personal essay she wrote about living with MS for the National MS Society’s Momentum magazine. I’d contacted Cat to ask her to write the piece because I’ve been impressed with her blog posts. Cat writes with humor and great self-awareness, and she has a unique voice. She’s also every bit the professional: She met the deadline – I think she was early! – and she was a pleasure to work with on editing and revisions. I certainly will look for other opportunities to work with her again. Cat’s work would be a valuable addition to any publication.”
-Jane Hoback, Editor at Momentum magazine | National Multiple Sclerosis Society