Lindsey Holcomb, 40, Multiple Sclerosis
How would you explain multiple sclerosis to a child?
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a condition that affects the body's nervous system. The nervous system is like a big telephone network that helps our brain communicate with the rest of our body. In people with MS, the covering around the nerves gets damaged, which can make it hard for the brain to send messages to the body. This can cause problems like difficulty walking or speaking and seeing clearly.
People with MS might need to go to the doctor more often and take medicine to help manage how their bodies feel. Although there is no cure for MS yet, people with MS can still do things they enjoy and live a happy and full life!
What would you want the world to know about multiple sclerosis?
The experience of living with MS can be different person-to-person and day-by-day.
What does it feel like to live with multiple sclerosis?
Living with MS makes me pay close attention to my energy. If I have a very important or busy day, I always plan time to rest and recover. Some days I can accomplish a lot, and others not so much...and that is ok!
What brings you joy?
Creating art always makes me feel joyful. When I was a kid, the most magical feeling (and smell!) in the world was opening a fresh box of crayons. I like to try new art supplies and techniques all the time to spark my curiosity and creativity.