Cathy Chester

Patient Leader

I've been passionately advocating for the MS community for over THIRTY years! I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis when I was 27 years old in 1986. There were no approved medications and no internet. I was scared, lonely and angry. My doctor told to go home and rest until I have another flare, then he'd put me on steroids to help me feel better. I was having NONE of that and decided right then that my life's goal was to help others with MS feel empowered, educated and inspired to live a positive life with MS. Since then my blog, AnEmpoweredSpirit.com, has helped hundreds and hundreds of people live better lives and has garnered many awards including WEGO Health, Healthline and Sharecare. AES was recognized by many MS and health-related websites who invited me to become a regular contributor and a moderator for their websites. I was the official blogger for The Consortium of MS Centers and the International Organization of MS Nurses and was on the board of LiveWiseMS and NARCRMS. I've been interviewed by media about my MS journey by Woman's Day, Everyday Health, Harvard Radio, NARCOMS, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Multiple Sclerosis Association of America, Women at Woodstock and many others, and was featured in two very popular videoes distributed to the medical community by the Consortium of MS Centers called "What I Wish I Knew" and "It Takes a Team." I was also prominently featured in a PBS special called "Families Living with Illness." 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, Better After 50 and many others. Stepping out from behind the computer I've been invited to participate as a speaker and consultant for several companies who are interested in hearing the patient voice. I've been active on many patient panels and steering committees for pharmaceutical and health-related companies to give the non-MS community a better understanding of the needs of MS patients. My mission of helping others on their MS journey has been a successful one. I've made a difference in countless lives and now have a solid number of readers who follow my work. Hearing from them that I've made a difference in their lives is the most gratifying aspect of what I do. If I help even one person, that's the whole ballgame!.

Location

Basking Ridge, NJ

Nominations

Lifetime Achievement Patient Leader Hero

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

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