Cathy Chester

Patient Leader

I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1986. Today my mission is to help others feel empowered & less alone. I created an award-winning, blog AnEmpoweredSpirit.com, & write for PatientsLikeMe, MultipleSclerosis.net, Multiple Sclerosis News Today & Mango Health. I’m the blogger for The Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers. My blog has been voted by WEGO Health & Healthline as a top MS blog, & I received the Thumbs Up 2017 Award from CMSC for promoting MS nursing. I have a certificate in Patient Advocacy & a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston College. I’ve been happily married since 1988. We are blessed with an incredible son & two adorable cats who really run our home.

Location

Basking Ridge, NJ

Cathy is a tireless activist for those who suffer from Multiple Sclerosis.  — Sharon

Cathy's blog helps empower you to live a healthy and vibrant life after 50. She celebrates midlife, despite having MS.  — Judy

Cathy had dedicated her life to advocating for MS sufferers who cannot advocate for themselves.  — Jackie

She helps so many people with her empowering writing. Cathy has MS and doesn't let it stop her. She is an inspiration to all.  — Lois

Cathy is a powerful voice for all women over 50- especially women with MS. She doesn't let her condition define or limit her.  — Sheryl

She inspires others facing adversity and chronic pain and illness  — Pat

Cathy inspires and empowers women every day! She is a treasure.  — Ellen

Cathy is always on top of the issues. She writes in a style that makes it easy for folk to relate and understand. Cathy inspires her community!  — Kit

Cathy offers a positive message about living with MS. Her information is accurate, informative and never pushy or judgmental.

Cathy provides encouragement and wisdom to people with disabilities. Her writing is warm and inspirational.  — Helene

Cathy is an amazingly giving person. She spends many hours researching and passing along helpful information for many people living with MS, as well as other challenges/disabilities. She is not only a talented writer; she is an inspiration to those of us lucky enough to have her in our lives. I can't think of anyone more deserving.  — Sherri

Cathy inspires all while living with MS. Her Blog An Empowered Spirit shares her life day to day with a smile on her face. She talks about the challenges all women face as we age.  — P.K.

She is a tireless advocate for people with MS and other disabilities!  — Laurie

She writes to inform, advocate for, and inspires people who have MS and other disabilities. She is funny, energetic, and a wonderful person!  — Julia

Cathy doesn't like alot of fanfare but through her blog she helps us understand the heath issues of those with MS. She is to be admired and I think she deserves this award!  — virginia

She goes out of her way to advise the MS community and cover other health matters.  — Estelle

Cathy is an amazing writer giving voice to the underserved group - women over 50 with MS. She is a smart, articulate blogger who has spread her knowledge and personal anecdotes about living with MS far and wide. She is a much beloved member of the MS Community!  — Amy

Cathy has done more to advance the cause of those with Multiple Sclerosis than anyone I know. She is always caring, always supportive, and always thinks of how our actions effect people with disabilities. She is a voice for those who need it and a time when it's so hard to be heard.  — virginia

Cathy continues to do what she does best - help people each day with her words. Her blogs are always informative. She actively searches for, and provides, important information to people with MS & other neurological disorders. She's lived with MS for many years, understands the challenges & selflessly shares her journey in hopes of helping others.  — Sherri

Cathy is an inspiring, uplifting, ever positive force. She educates, supports, empowers, and buoys her readers and is a consistent source of light.  — Ruth

Cathy provides education, support, encouragement and inspiration in everything she writes. She advocates for the disabled by showing the abilities we all have, no matter what our challenges. She always sees the glass half full. I suspect there are hundreds if not thousands of people who have benefited from her wisdom.  — Helene

Cathy is an amazing advocate who lives in the trenches as well. Because she is a patient as well as an advocate she brings info, experience and empathy to every post. She helps countless people who can't leave their homes, can't do the research on their own or who just need to hear from someone who understands. Cathy is a savior to the MS community  — Cathy

Cathy Chester

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