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A podcast providing information, inspiration and motivation for living your best life with Multiple Sclerosis. Learn to speak to this disease as it deserves - tell it FUMS every day!

FUMS: Giving Multiple Sclerosis The Finger Kathy Reagan Young

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.7 • 99 Ratings

A podcast providing information, inspiration and motivation for living your best life with Multiple Sclerosis. Learn to speak to this disease as it deserves - tell it FUMS every day!

    FUMS 119 - National Lampoon's Chronically Ill Christmas with The MS Pod Squad

    FUMS 119 - National Lampoon's Chronically Ill Christmas with The MS Pod Squad

    Being a podcaster can be a lonely life. So what better way to begin the holiday celebrations than getting some of your favorite MSers together to talk about our plans for the season? 
    Alongside my guests, we talk about some of the things that can play on our minds during this time of year, particularly when combined with having a chronic illness like MS. 
    Dan & Jennifer Digmann talk about how to handle the stresses of maintaining relationships. Ardra Shephard is here to talk about staying fashionable and feeling good about yourself. Then Kathy Chester covers the different ways that you can maintain your fitness and movement schedule, while Alene Brennan talks about the essential stuff - food choices and cooking!
    Finally, we all share some of our favorite holiday recipes - link provided below.

    Topics covered in this episode include:
    Tools for handling challenging relationships at this time of yearHow to look our best when we're tired, cog-foggy, and stressed? And why should we care?How to find the time and motivation to keep moving and exercisingTips on how to enjoy holiday food without regret - and making yourself feel worseOur favorite holiday food memories and recipes

    Full show notes and resources at https://fumsnow.com/fums119/

    • 49 min
    FUMS 118 - Comic Artist and MSer Brooke Pelczynski's Perfect, Shitty Situation

    FUMS 118 - Comic Artist and MSer Brooke Pelczynski's Perfect, Shitty Situation

    Brooke Pelczynski's life with Multiple Sclerosis is an inspiring example of someone taking their diagnosis and turning it into something great. Most recently, her varied career has led to her working for Marvel Comics!
    Brooke was undertaking her BFA in Illustration in New York when the fatigue and clumsiness that resulted in a number of ruined artworks was diagnosed as Multiple Sclerosis - at the age of only 21. Although she now feels that MS had crippled her career, Brooke has since used her disease to build a career as an artist, illustrator, and comic-creating multiple sclerosis fighter! 
    As well as her full-time role providing illustrations for MultipleSclerosis.net, her work - in a variety of forms - has been featured by a variety of clients and publications including Yahoo, Momentum Magazine, Hotel Indigo, Lifewire, and many more. Brooke also worked as a story consultant for Marvel's Darkhawk comic series, using her experiences to inform the title character's own journey toward an MS diagnosis. 
    Topics covered in this episode include:
    Brooke's life before her diagnosis with MS aged only 21How, after feeling like MS had crippled her life as an artist, Brooke was able to use comic art to build her careerThe way that Brooke's work for MultipleSclerosis.net fits around her "Perfect, shitty situation" - and how she always strives to remain creative, even on her worst MS days (MSiest?)How she got involved as a story advisor for Marvel's Darkhawk comics 

    Full show notes and resources at https://fumsnow.com/fums118/

    • 25 min
    FUMS 117 - Mind, Mood, and Memory in Multiple Sclerosis w/ Dr. Anthony Feinstein

    FUMS 117 - Mind, Mood, and Memory in Multiple Sclerosis w/ Dr. Anthony Feinstein

    MS is often described as an invisible disability. But as the disease progresses, the focus - of patients as well as medical professionals - can shift to more visible, physical symptoms, like mobility issues.
    However, because the majority of people with MS are diagnosed in their 20s and 30s, the psychological and cognitive effects can all too often go untreated. And these symptoms are just as common as the outward ones. In fact, as you'll hear, these may be even more common, with 50% of all people with MS having at least one clinically significant episode of depression. 
    My guest today is Dr. Anthony Feinstein. He is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto, where he runs an MS neuropsychiatry clinic and research team. His MS research has focused on MRI-visualized brain changes associated with depression, the development of fully-automated cognitive tests for people with MS, and much more. He is also the author of Mind, Mood, and Memory: The Neurobehavioral Consequences of Multiple Sclerosis. 
    Dr. Feinstein is here to discuss the hidden symptoms of MS that add significantly to the disability associated with the disease, including cognition and mood. He even offers some tips for us all that can help keep our brains active and stimulated!
    We all know that regular exercise is essential for living well with MS. So don't forget to give your brain a workout too! 

    Topics covered in this episode include:
    How an MRI machine led Dr. Feinstein to specialize in Multiple SclerosisWhat Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (or CBT) is and why it is so effective for people with MSHow CBT compares with medication as a way to deal with MS-related mood disordersWays that cognitive decline can be monitored, and the three types of exercise that you should be doing to stimulate your brain!Dr. Feinstein answers questions from the FUMS community

    Full show notes and resources at https://fumsnow.com/fums117/

    • 26 min
    FUMS 116 - Managing Daily Life as MS Progresses w/Jenn Powell

    FUMS 116 - Managing Daily Life as MS Progresses w/Jenn Powell

    My guest today is Jenn Powell. She's an active advocate in the MS community, imparting her hopeful optimism to the real-life challenges facing those of us living with MS. Now with secondary-progressive MS, Jenn continues to elevate the patient voice to better the lives of our community.
    Jenn is the Brand and Marketing Manager for BioNews, an organization that strives to create dynamic communities that give patients and caregivers a powerful voice. Jenn also writes for Multiple Sclerosis News Today (a subsidiary of BioNews) and is the host of the Multiple Sclerosis Podcast.
    Jenn's attitude is optimistic, taking each day as it comes, recognizing her victories and being thankful for her gifts, but realistic about the limitations that MS has placed on her. I think it's an attitude that - if we can adopt even a small part of - it will do us, and the people around us, some good!

    Topics covered in this episode include:
    Jenn's life pre-diagnosis and her amazing technique for undergoing the dreaded Lumbar Puncture (or Spinal Tap) procedure!Complementary therapies that she uses to help in her day-to-day lifeHer belief that "the script for a day needs to be ripped up and torn apart"Why Jenn felt she had to seek out her support network from outside of her familyThe power that comes from sharing experiences with transparency

    Full show notes and resources at https://fumsnow.com/fums116/

    • 34 min
    FUMS 115 - MSer Sue Casey says "Grab The Happy!"

    FUMS 115 - MSer Sue Casey says "Grab The Happy!"

    If you're connected with Multiple Sclerosis in any way - whether you're a patient, or a caregiver, family member, or loved one of somebody with the disease - it's easy (and NATURAL) to live in the what-ifs. We can all wallow in the negatives - hey, there's a reason why this podcast is called FUMS!
    But Sue Casey, my guest today, tries to live by a different mantra - "Grab The Happy!"
    Sue has been living with MS for nearly 50 years. This means that when she was first diagnosed, they didn't have MRIs or any of the procedures that we all experience today. And Disease Modifying Therapies? Forget about it! 
    Even though her neurologist told her to never get married or have children, Sue has lived a full and happy life and as her MS has progressed, she has learned to appreciate the small things. And whenever I speak to her she just exudes kindness and love.
    As you'll hear, Sue has not had it easy, so her positive attitude is hard-won. And, listening to this, you might not be ready to adopt even the smallest part of this mindset. But at some point, you do have a decision to make, and I hope you'll be inspired by Sue's approach to life with MS.
    Topics covered in this episode include:
    Sue's life before MS, her initial symptoms, and the story of her diagnosisHow the diagnostic procedure looked in the time before MRIsSue's limited experience of DMTs The progression of Sue's MS, and how she chooses to look for the positives in her life

    Full show notes and resources at https://fumsnow.com/fums115/ 

    • 19 min
    FUMS 114 - The Art of Rebellion With Kick-Ass MSer Lydia Emily

    FUMS 114 - The Art of Rebellion With Kick-Ass MSer Lydia Emily

    Content warning: this episode includes a discussion about Lydia's personal experiences of Primary Progressive MS and her plans with regards to Death with Dignity, aka Suicide.
    Lydia Emily Archibald is an artist to her core. She was born in Chicago to globe-trotting activist parents, and this laid the foundation for her socially-conscious and politically-motivated artworks, including the creation of large-scale murals. Lydia Emily's work has been featured at gallery shows in Milan, Berlin, Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Washington DC, and San Francisco. 
    After battling cancer, Lydia was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2012. She later became a spokesperson for the MS Society, sharing the story of her diagnosis and life with MS and her message of hope for others with the disease.
    Lydia Emily is the subject of the recent documentary The Art of Rebellion, a feature-length film from Bluprint Films directed by Libby Spears. I think she is an amazing person, living an amazing life, and I'm sure you'll agree.

    Topics covered in this episode include:
    How Lydia received her MS diagnosis only TWO YEARS after battling cancer!How she started painting and the different materials she has used instead of canvasesThe political and socially conscious art that Lydia makes, the adaptations that she has made, and the team that supports her in the creation of her large-scale muralsThe symptoms that Lydia and Kathy share, and why Lydia thinks the US Healthcare system is trying to wipe out or "cleanse" the chronically illThe plans that Lydia has in place for her death with dignity, aka suicideInformation about the full-length feature documentary about Lydia, The Art of Rebellion

    Full show notes and resources at https://fumsnow.com/fums114/   

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
99 Ratings

99 Ratings

PerfectlyInpurfect ,

Before FUMS I was FTW

Kathy, I’ve communicated on other platforms with you in the past, but until I gave myself A chance to enjoy laughing at myself and relating to my fellow MS’ers ... I didn’t know who Pamela was anymore. I became that woman with MS.. in my own mind!!! So thank you for all the time and energy you put into FUMS, because I actually don’t feel guilty about investing in ME anymore. Weeding out the toxic people was not only healthy it was taxing my health! Thank you!!

PammyLyn ,

First Podcast Ever!

I feel like I just made a friend. I have been having a very hard time managing my MS symptoms and keeping up with the demands of my job and feeling pretty worthless because of it! Your kind voice, positive outlook and real deal talk is refreshing! Thank you!

A_spareparts ,

Kathy is a gift

So grateful to have a Kathy on our team, speaking the honest truth about our experiences.

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