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FUMS: Giving Multiple Sclerosis The Finger

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A podcast providing information, inspiration and motivation for living your best life with Multiple Sclerosis. Join us for interviews with doctors, research scientists, patients, legislators, insurers, neuropsychologists, authors, caregivers, and a long list of others in our pursuit of answers. Learn to speak to this disease as it deserves - tell it "FUMS" everyday!

A podcast providing information, inspiration and motivation for living your best life with Multiple Sclerosis. Join us for interviews with doctors, research scientists, patients, legislators, insurers, neuropsychologists, authors, caregivers, and a long list of others in our pursuit of answers. Learn to speak to this disease as it deserves - tell it "FUMS" everyday!


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A podcast providing information, inspiration and motivation for living your best life with Multiple Sclerosis. Join us for interviews with doctors, research scientists, patients, legislators, insurers, neuropsychologists, authors, caregivers, and a long list of others in our pursuit of answers. Learn to speak to this disease as it deserves - tell it "FUMS" everyday!








FUMS 068 - How Taopatch is Improving MS Symptoms

After hearing from other MSers about the benefits of using Taopatch, Kathy just had to find out more. So she reached out to Dimitri Leonov, Co-Founder and CEO of Taopatch USA to bring you the scoop. Taopatch is a wearable device which captures heat from your body and converts it into light, which it emits into specific points on your body. These photons stimulate your Central Nervous System and "remind" it how it was meant to communicate with the rest of your body. By combining light...


FUMS 067 - Why Did I Go Missing

Trigger warning: this episode is a raw explanation of why the FUMS Podcast has been quiet recently. It's a difficult listen but Kathy felt that she owed it to the FUMS community to share what she has been going through. As always, Kathy welcomes your comments and opinions here, on the FUMS Facebook page, on the FUMS Twitter account, on Instagram, or FUMSvideos on YouTube. Or email Kathy@FUMSnow.com. And please keep the conversation going and support each other! Further...


FUMS 066 - It's Time To "Marie Kondo" The Toxic People From Your Life

Today's episode is another solo issue where Kathy tackles another something that she's learned over the years - removing toxic people from your life is good for you and your health! Unless you're insanely lucky, you've probably already that there are some friends or family members who cause your anxiety to skyrocket. As stress can be a major factor in causing MS exacerbations, you can see the logic in cutting them out of your life. Or, at the very least, setting some ground rules - and...


FUMS 065 - "But You Look So Good"

Today’s episode is special in that there is no guest to interview. It’s just Kathy – talking about something that we, as MS’ers, hear often - "but you look so good." Kathy suggests that there are two ways to take that: good and bad! As a compliment or as someone questioning either your diagnosis or your suffering. In typical FUMS fashion – Kathy suggest questioning our knee-jerk reactions and asks us to instead, "take a minute and examine intent." Her opinion may be a bit controversial in...


FUMS 064 - Damian Washington – YouTube Star and MS Sunshine

Damian Washington is a true force of nature! Prior to his MS diagnosis, Damian was an actor who was also dipping his toes into vlogging. When he started to turn the camera onto his life with MS, the immediate response guided him to embrace a new career - which eventually led to him becoming a Patient Getting Paid. In this fun conversation with Kathy, Damian talks about how MS impacted his life and career, and how he pivoted to another area where he continues to use his energy for...


FUMS 063 - Former Radio DJ, MS Advocate, and Author Kim "Kid" Curry

Kim "Kid" Curry was a successful DJ and radio executive when he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. After research into MS disease progression, he decided to leave his broadcasting career of 33 years and become a writer. In this wide-ranging conversation with Kathy, Kim talks about politics, the role of caregivers and vitamin supplements, and the "survivor's guilt" he feels when he sees other patients whose MS symptoms are worse than his. Topics covered include: Resources for this...


FUMS 062 - CrossFit Helps Kim Toliver Find Her MS Advocate Voice

From the age of 12, Kim Toliver used exercise as a way to regain control of her weight - and also to ensure that she wasn't being micro-managed by doctors! While studying for her Masters in Athletic Training, she began to experience strange physical symptoms which she initially wrote off. But only six months into her dream job, Kim was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Kim eventually recognized that CrossFit’s fitness and health concept suited her perfectly in trying to accomplish the...


FUMS 061 - Essential Oils and MS with Alene Brennan

Alene Brennan has already appeared on the FUMS Podcast (Episode 017) but she returns today to talk about Essential Oils and their potential benefits for MSers. After noticing how essential oils positively affected her illnesses, Alene now views them as being as important to her healthy lifestyle as diet. Alene is a certified nutrition coach, natural food chef, yoga instructor, and personal trainer who helps people with autoimmune disease heal through diet and lifestyle. Oh, and on top of...


FUMS 060 - MS Advocate Cathy Chester Shares Her Journey

Cathy Chester is an unstoppable, one-woman advocacy machine! And because of this, she's an FUMSer to the core. Cathy experienced her first symptoms of MS shortly after graduating from college. But like so many of us, it was a number of years before she received a formal diagnosis. Since then she has dedicated herself to advocating for her condition and ensuring that the patient voice is heard loud and clear. Cathy's writing has been featured on MultipleSclerosis.net, Huffington Post, and...


FUMS 059 - A Solution for Heat Sensitivity in MS

Extremely hot temperatures can be unbearable for people with MS due to what is called Uhthoff's Phenomenon. This is the temporary worsening of MS symptoms caused by an increase in temperature. It's usually applied to optic neuritis and other visual symptoms but can also increase fatigue, pain, balance, weakness, bladder issues, cognitive or sensory symptoms. Imagine if there was a product that could not only help with this but which was actually designed for and with people with MS?...


FUMS 058 - Help With YOUR Medical Bills – With Medical Bill Guru Daniel Lynch

Listeners in the US don't need to be told that, with our healthcare system, it doesn't take too long before MS’ers can feel overwhelmed. Wouldn't it be great if there was somebody who was able to help you navigate the mistakes, diagnosis coding errors, deductibles, in-network and out-of-network charges, the whole nine yards? In today's episode, Kathy talks to Daniel Lynch of Medical Bill Gurus, a company that is working to redefine medical billing in order to move healthcare forward. When...


FUMS 057 - Are Your Silver Dental Fillings Poisoning You?

If you've been diagnosed with MS for any length of time, it's highly likely that you will have come across - or been offered - all kinds of theories about the kind of things which can impact on your health. One of the most long-standing is the effect of mercury amalgam fillings on the body. But it's so hard to find any evidence for this theory, or even to get a dentist to talk about it. In today's episode, Kathy presents a fascinating chat with Dr. Carl McMillan, who describes himself as a...


FUMS 056 – Ardra Shephard: Making Mobility Aids Fashionable

Ardra Shephard is the writer behind the irreverent and insightful blog, Tripping On Air. When she started using mobility aids, she was disappointed to note that there weren't any images - in fashion or the media - of disabled people using their mobility aids, looking GOOD. So she decided to change the narrative! Ardra is a perfect fit for the FUMS brand - she's another smart-ass MS’er who enjoys a good f-bomb! Topics covered include: SelmaThere’s Something You Should Know Resources for...


FUMS 55 - Coronavirus and Chronic Illness: A Message for the Healthies

Today’s very short (less than 4 minute) message is one from the heart – Kathy’s heart – to the Healthies among us that are learning about fear of germs, viruses, and bacteria, as they are exposed to the worldwide Coronavirus outbreak. This podcast episode is designed to be shared – with every chronic illness community member and every Healthy you know. It pertains to each - and Kathy has a job for each. Chronics – share with your community – on and offline – Chronics and Healthies...


FUMS 54 – Autoimmune Disease IS a Legal Disability - with Holly Bertone

Has living with MS disrupted your ability to work? If the answer is "HELL YES" then you have to listen to this episode! Holly Bertone was diagnosed with breast cancer on her 39th birthday! After taking time out from her career to recover, she was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease, an autoimmune disorder that shares some symptoms with MS, most notably chronic fatigue and joint pain. When she had a Hashimoto’s flare-up, her employer at the time illegally rescinded her FMLA (Family and...


FUMS 053 – Rob Roberts and the MS Push-Up Challenge

Have you ever tried to describe what it's like to have Multiple Sclerosis? Well, today Kathy is talking to one man who is trying to SHOW people what it can be like, all while raising awareness of this stupid disease. Rob Roberts's wife Danielle had her first MS relapse the day after they were married. Rob left his job in federal law enforcement and customer service to start his businesses, Never Stumble Consulting, LLC, and Muscle To Bone Fitness System in order to help people and support...


FUMS 052 – Dr. Aaron Boster Returns!

Today's episode of the FUMS Podcast Show features another fascinating conversation with Dr. Aaron Boster MD. If you missed his last appearance make sure you check out Episode 49. At the end of 2019, Dr Boster published an article called Treating MS: A Simplified Strategy Boosts Patient and Provider Satisfaction. The common-sense approach he outlines is certainly a lot more rare than it should be! So Kathy wanted to find out more about this and his exciting plans for treatment in the...


FUMS 051 – Special Message from Kathy - and a Gift for YOU!

The holiday season is just kicking off so in today's episode of the FUMS Podcast Show, Kathy has a special message for all FUMS'ers. Please enjoy the celebrations but remember to take care of YOU. Pace Yourself. Ask for help when you need it. And be big enough to accept help when it's offered. In order to lessen your load, use the 2019 FUMS Holiday Gift Guide. It's updated every year with new products that either Kathy has come across or which have been suggested by others in the FUMS...


FUMS 050 – The 50th Episode Celebration!

Today's episode of the FUMS Podcast Show is a special one. We’ve reached a significant milestone - our 50th Episode! Many thanks to everyone who has appeared on or has listened to or shared the FUMS podcast. This show is for all the FUMS’ers out there. We’ll see you for the next fifty! Including: As a special gift to the FUMS Nation, go here to download “Wash Your Mouth Out With Hope”, the FUMS podcast theme song, written by Kathy Reagan Young. ** Sign up for the FUMS Friday Night 6...


FUMS 049 – Dr. Aaron Boster Answers Your MS Questions

Today's episode of the FUMS Podcast Show features a conversation with Dr. Aaron Boster MD. Dr. Boster is that rare thing - an MS Specialist Neurologist with his own YouTube channel (and over 15,000 subscribers). In this fun and fascinating chat with Kathy, Dr. Boster talks about his career, his YouTube videos and even has time to answer a selection of questions submitted to the FUMS Facebook Page. Please Note: we had some technical issues with the early parts of Dr Boster's interview. We...