Cathy Chester

Patient Leader

I've been passionately advocating for the MS community for over 30 years! I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis when I was 27 in 1986. There were no approved medications or internet. I was scared and angry. My doctor said go home, rest and wait for another flare to call him some steroids. Then and there I decided my life's goal was helping others with MS feel less alone, and empower, educate, and inspire them to live a positive life. Since then my blog, AnEmpoweredSpirit.com, has helped thousands of people live better lives. It has garnered many awards including WEGO Health, Healthline and Sharecare. AES has been recognized by MS and health-related websites who invited me to be a regular contributor and moderator for their websites. I was the only official blogger for The Consortium of MS Centers, with a 5,000+ membership, and also the International Organization of MS Nurses. I was also on the board of LiveWiseMS and NARCRMS. I've been interviewed by many media outlets about my MS story, including Woman's Day, Everyday Health, Health.com, Harvard Radio, NARCOMS, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Multiple Sclerosis Association of America, Women at Woodstock, Midlife Boulevard, and BetterAfter50. I was featured in popular TED-like videos for the medical community, "What I Wish I Knew" and "It Takes a Team" and a PBS special called "Families Living with Illness" to show it really does take a village. My work has been featured on The Huffington Post, Everyday Health, PatientsLikeMe, The Mighty, Momentum Magazine, MS Views and News, MS Connect, Erma Bombeck Writers Workshop, BlogHer, Midlife Boulevard, and many more. Stepping out from behind the computer I've been invited to be a speaker and consultant for many companies, creating awareness on what our community needs and the respect, dignity and better research we deserve. My mission to help others is my passion. When followers say I've made a difference in their life I am on cloud nine!

Location

Basking Ridge, NJ

Nominations

Patient Leader Hero

Finalist

Lifetime Achievement

Cathy is a passionate, longtime advocate and educator in the MS community who regularly collaborates with pharmaceutical experts and other key audiences. And she does it all with grace, compassion and professionalism. She is an incredible role model and inspiring leader who truly deserves this recognition.  — Mary

Cathy is a fierce advocate for MS based on her own multi decade journey with the illness. She has spread knowledge and hope to others in a way that has given her challenge a true purpose  — Stacey

As a person who also thrives with a handicap, I am endlessly inspired by Cathy's example to live life to the fullest and dedicate her life to advocating for others.

Cathy has lived her life dedicated to helping others overcome obstacles. She embraces every challenge she faces with zeal and zest. She’s a change maker who seeks to change the way the world views people who face physical and mental challenges and she’s totally up for the job!  — Tara

She has cheerfully and tirelessly worked and dedicated her life to helping, educating, and supporting others who suffer from illness and/or disability. It is an honor to know her and call her a friend.  — Linda

She has increased awareness of MS for so many of us who really didn't even know what it was. She's always willing to answer questions. She lives her life with MS every day but still manages to teach or console others whatever is needed at the time.  — Rena

Cathy is a tireless leader in the field. Warm and compassionate, she shares her own story honestly—and in doing so, helps others through their journeys.  — Bari

She has spent her life making a difference in the world.  — Susan

I admire Cathy’s strength and courage to move forward in taking on this task. She’s an incredible inspirational leader even though she was ill with MS she became an advocate In helping people with MS. She taught people to believe that they can become strong again and live a good life. She deserves this recognition for all of her achievements.  — Suzi

She’s been a lifeline for so many in the MS world and has given her heart soul and love to this Movement all the while enduring her own personal health challenges.  — Kimmy

Past Awards Participation

Third Annual Health Activist Awards

Nominations

Best in Show: Community or Forum Best in Show: Facebook Best in Show: Pinterest Best Kept Secret Health Activist Hero Best in Show: Blog Advocating for Another

Fourth Annual Health Activist Awards

Nominations

Health Activist Hero Best in Show: Blog

Fifth Annual Health Activist Awards

Nominations

Best in Show: Facebook

Sixth Annual WEGO Health Awards

Nominations

Best in Show: Blog Best in Show: Facebook Patient Leader Hero Lifetime Achievement Best in Show: Twitter

2018 WEGO Health Awards

Nominations

Patient Leader Hero
Cathy Chester

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