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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 088 - Psychedelic Experiences, Frogs, and MS - with Neurobiologist Caitlin Thompson

I, like many of us, have been watching with interest the current research into the potential benefits of psychedelics in the treatment of depression - because, obviously, depression is pretty common when you're dealing with a life-changing MS diagnosis! Maybe like me, you asked yourself, "Hmmm. I wonder if anyone has been looking into its potential usage for chronic illnesses like MS?" Well, guess what?! Neurobiologist Caitlin Thompson is an independent scientific researcher studying the...


FUMS 087 - Let's Talk About Sex - and MS - with Dr. Fred Foley

There are countless ways that MS can MesS with your life. But one of the most infuriating, most common, and most difficult to talk about, is sexual dysfunction. Obviously, this is something that can affect anyone. But a shocking 80% of people with MS report having sexual concerns or issues. The symptoms can include loss of sensation to an inability to climax, and the causes can run the whole gamut from depression, poor body image, and medications to treat your MS and associated...


FUMS 086 - Funny Shit About MS with Comedian Shari Short

If you’ve been following us for any amount of time, you’ll know that we always give a big FU to MS (the clue’s in the name!) And even though we’ll have our ups and downs, we try to inject a little humor along the way. Now, we know that MS is NO JOKE. But if you allow yourself to see the funny side of it occasionally, it can help with getting through the day-to-day. My guest this week is Shari Short, a comedian, writer and, naturally, a developmental psychologist working in healthcare...


FUMS 085 - Amber Tuma Talks About MS & Her Rock & Roll Lifestyle

Amber Tuma was studying for her music degree in Texas and raising two kids with her husband when MS reared its ugly head. So she says FU to MS by continuing to write and play music with her band The Gallows Crow. Hear the inspirational story of how Amber refuses to let MS get in the way of how she lives her life. Go, Amber! Topics covered in this episode include: Resources for this episode (clickable links): The Gallows CrowInstagramFacebookWash Your Mouth Out With Hopethe FUMS Podcast...


FUMS 084 - Run A Myelin My Shoes with Cheryl Hile

When Cheryl Hile’s neurologist told her to “lower her expectations”, the marathon runner showed that she was an FUMS’er to her core. Adopting the mantra “I do what I can and never give up”, she has now completed 56 (FIFTY-SIX!!!) marathons, 41 following her diagnosis. After running 7 marathons on 7 continents in 12 months, Cheryl founded the running and walking team Run A Myelin My Shoes to challenge the perception that strenuous exercise is bad for MS. Listen in as I chat with this...


FUMS 083 - Don’t Just Survive - THRIVE! with Jen DeTracey

I’m sure that all of us can agree that MS sucks for a lot of the time. But having an FUMS attitude means not just surviving with MS - but THRIVING! Jen DeTracey is a certified coach and the founder of Women Thriving with MS. In 2010, Jen was a successful consultant and professional speaker when, during a speaking tour, she found she could barely walk, write or smile. 48 hours later she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. At that time, she thought she would never be able to work...


FUMS 082 - The Natural Way to MS Health with Naturopath Elizabeth Yarnell

I hear from a lot of people with MS who have had success in treating their condition with Naturopathy and adopting an anti-inflammatory diet. So who better to talk to about this than a renowned Naturopath who also has MS? Since being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at age 30, Elizabeth Yarnell has spent the past 20 years studying how to manage autoimmunity naturally as a traditional naturopath. Her focus is on how anti-inflammatory therapies can influence the course of MS. Through her...


FUMS 081 - Butts, Guts, and MS with Neurogastroenterologist Dr. David Levinthal

As part of the rich buffet of joy that MS lays out for us, problems with your gut and pooping have to be right at the top of the charts - or the shit-list, if you will. Just to state it for the record, not everyone with MS will have these issues - as we know, MS isn’t a one-size-fits-all deal. But it is something that a lot of people deal with, which is why we’re covering it here. So my guest today is Dr. David Levinthal, the Director of the Neurogastroenterology and Motility Center at the...


FUMS 080 - Your Doctor Is Your Employee

In my life, I spend a lot of time in various MS-related spaces. Having a community that understands what I’m going through, and where I can offer support, is one of the blessings in my life. But even with all of that, there are still things about these spaces which concern me. So in this solo episode, I’m getting a few things off my chest! And in all of this, I’m not trying to cause offense. I’m just saying that you should value your own health, so be careful where you get your medical...


FUMS 079 - He Has MS and He’s Running 162 Miles

Matt LaFrance is a 37-year-old husband and father of three young boys from San Jose, CA. He was diagnosed with MS in 2009 at the age of 25. In May he will be running 162 miles in six days as part of the 2021 MS Run the US relay team. I’ll let that sink in. 162 miles in six days. AND he has MS! MS Run the US is the longest annual relay run across America. It’s an epic 3,260-mile run to stop MS! The relay begins in April in Santa Monica, CA and finishes in August in New York. The relay team is...


FUMS 078 - Clean Cosmetics You Can (Almost) Eat with Skincare Chef and MS Entrepreneur Natalie Schultz White

The benefits of a healthy diet and lifestyle for people living with MS have been of increasing interest over the last few years. But have you ever stopped to think about the effect of the cosmetics you put on your face? Following her diagnosis with Multiple Sclerosis, Natalie Schultz White was determined to put a positive spin on her experiences, through her website, MS Saved My Life. At the same time, she came to the conclusion that toxins in her life and the food she was eating were...


FUMS 077 - Tamara Sellman: Author of New MS Poetry and Prose Book "Intention Tremor"

Tamara Sellman was last on the FUMS podcast back on Episode 31 - when she was talking about sleep disorders and her professional life as a medical board-certified sleep technologist and sleep educator. It was during her training that she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. A widely published writer in the years following her diagnosis in 2013, Tamara wrote the collection of prose and poetry which makes up her "hybrid memoir", Intention Tremor, which was published in early 2021. We talk...


FUMS 076 - How YOUR Saliva Can Help Advance MS Research

The popularity of personal DNA testing and genome sequencing has really increased in recent years. As someone with MS, have you ever thought about getting it done yourself? Patrick Short is the co-founder and CEO of Sano Genetics, a platform that helps patients match with precision medicine research and learn more through personalised reports, and other content including patient stories. The platform is patient-centric and private-by design, and through data-driven matchmaking and home...


FUMS 075 - Manage Your MS With Yoga And Mindfulness With Mindy Eisenberg

My guest today is Mindy Eisenberg. Mindy is the Founder and Director of Yoga Moves MS, a nonprofit company with the mission of improving the quality of life for individuals with MS, Parkinson's Disease, and neuromuscular conditions. She is the author of Adaptive Yoga Moves Any Body and the creator of Adaptive Yoga Cards, which show daily yoga moves for all ages and abilities. Mindy has provided yoga therapy to individuals with mobility challenges for over fifteen years and thrives on...


FUMS 074 - Dr. Gretchen Hawley Providing the MSing Link for MS with PT

Dr. Gretchen Hawley is an MS-specialist Physical Therapist. She began treating people with Multiple Sclerosis during her first year of professional practice. The positive results she saw in her patients propelled her to immerse herself even deeper into the treatment of MS, taking every opportunity to attend workshops and conferences dedicated to improving lives through PT. Gretchen previously appeared on the podcast in 2018 - see FUMS 022 - and is back to share exciting news about her new...


FUMS 073 - A New MS Fitness Plan with David Lyons

David Lyons was a healthy athlete, gym owner and TV & film producer when he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2006. After immediately being told that he would be wheelchair bound, David, along with his wife Kendra, decided to battle MS in the gym! David founded the MS Fitness Challenge (MSFC) charity to help educate and train both MSers and fitness professionals on the importance of fitness in the fight against MS. In 2009, at age 50, David competed in his first bodybuilding contest...


FUMS 072 - Coronavirus Vaccines & MS - WTF? Featuring Dr. Aaron Boster

It's a New Year! And although the COVID-19 crisis is still ongoing, there is light at the end of the tunnel with vaccines beginning to be rolled out. But even though this is really positive, there is a lot of misinformation out there about the COVID vaccines in general and how they interact with chronic health conditions like Multiple Sclerosis. If we need someone to cut through all the BS and talk about this, who else are we going to turn to other than Dr. Aaron Boster MD? He's been...


FUMS 071 - Exploring The (Virtual) Reality Of Life With MS With MXTreality

Prepare to have your mind BLOWN! MXTreality is an XR company based out of Seattle, WA. XR is an umbrella term for various technologies and incorporates Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Mixed Reality. The company has made over 100 experiences to meet client needs, further accessibility, as well as interactions that are just fun. MXTreality is working with Swedish Hospital in Seattle, and local MS patients, to design MS CART (working title), a Virtual Reality experience that...


FUMS 070 - The Role of Social Support in MS

Neuropsychologist Dr. Victoria Leavitt was previously a guest way back on Episode 13 of the FUMS Podcast Show. She's back with us today to talk about her new role as cofounder of eSupport Health, a telehealth company which provides easily accessible online support groups for people with MS. The eSupport Health model is based on Dr. Leavitt's research into the benefits of social support groups for people with MS. And I think that - in 2020 and the time of COVID - we can all agree that social...


FUMS 069 - MS Warrior Jessie Ace Chooses To Go From DISabled to ENabled

Following her diagnosis with MS at just 22 years-old, Jessie Ace has been on a mission to fill the internet with positivity after her doctor told her to 'go home and google' her condition, leading her to find every scary story going. As a podcast host, writer, public speaker and illustrator, she provides help and advice for people living with all chronic health conditions. Jessie is the author of the ENabled Warrior Symptom Tracker book which helps you manage multiple conditions,...