71 episodes

Move It or Lose It is a podcast about all things that Move the Mind, Body, Spirit and Soul. Your Host, Kathy Chester is an MS Warrior, Certified Personal and MS Fitness Trainer, Prenatal and Group Fitness Trainer. Having MS and Rheumatoid Arthritis, Kathy brings insight and an inside view to how important MOVEMENT is to the Autoimmune community. We have fun guests and cover things that maybe others don't want to talk about regarding Multiple Sclerosis and other Autoimmune Diseases.

Move It or Lose it - The Podcast Kathy Chester

    • Health & Fitness
    • 3.5 • 10 Ratings

Move It or Lose It is a podcast about all things that Move the Mind, Body, Spirit and Soul. Your Host, Kathy Chester is an MS Warrior, Certified Personal and MS Fitness Trainer, Prenatal and Group Fitness Trainer. Having MS and Rheumatoid Arthritis, Kathy brings insight and an inside view to how important MOVEMENT is to the Autoimmune community. We have fun guests and cover things that maybe others don't want to talk about regarding Multiple Sclerosis and other Autoimmune Diseases.

    Episode 69 - Isabel Mavrides-Calderón and the Power of Positive Anger

    Episode 69 - Isabel Mavrides-Calderón and the Power of Positive Anger

    I'm constantly inspired by the courage and passion that our young disability advocates display. 
    My guest today is Isabel Mavrides-Calderón, whose passion for activism was sparked by her medical journey as a disabled Latina teen. At the time of this recording, Isabel was still only 17 but she is already well-established as a community organizer and activist. 
    Isabel focuses on community outreach, public speaking, and advocating for policy change for intersectional disability justice. Her experiences in activism have confirmed her belief that everyone’s voice has the power to enact change. 
    In this fascinating and inspiring conversation, Isabel talks about her early experiences as a disabled person and how she was inspired to advocate for the disability community through seeing the work of other young activist organizations. She also talks about the use of social media in her activism, her biggest challenges, and the changes that she has seen since beginning this work.
    As you'll hear, Isabel sees herself as a speaker of the truth, not a motivational speaker. 


    Links and resources:
    Connect with Isabel on TikTok, Instagram, and Twitter
    View Isabel's profile on Patients Rising 
    Find out more about my new DMAT Fitness Training program
    Visit Disrupt Fitness
    You can find Kathy Chester at
    msdisrupted@gmail.com
    disruptfitnessgym@gmail.com
    moveitorloseit109@gmail.com

    Connect @msdisrupted on Instagram, Facebook, TikTok 


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    • 37 min
    Episode 68 - Geoff Allix - Living Well with MS

    Episode 68 - Geoff Allix - Living Well with MS

    Geoff Allix lives in Devon, England, and was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2015. Geoff was determined to do whatever he could to remain well, so he and his wife launched into action and Googled as much as they could about the condition.
    They came across the Overcoming MS Program, which Geoff has been following ever since. He now hosts the Living Well with MS podcast for OMS. And even though Geoff might not be running marathons anymore, he is optimistic about the future and is sure that OMS is letting him live his best possible life. 
    In this podcast, we talk about his family history with MS, Geoff's early symptoms and the long road to a formal diagnosis, what the OMS Program is, and lots more!
    DISCLAIMER
    The information contained in this podcast is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.


    Links and resources:
    Listen to the Living Well with MS podcast
    Visit Overcoming MS
    Connect with Geoff on Twitter


    Find out more about my new DMAT Fitness Training program
    Visit Disrupt Fitness 
    You can find Kathy Chester at
    disruptfitnessgym@gmail.com
    moveitorloseit109@gmail.com

    Connect @msdisrupted on Instagram, Facebook, TikTok 


    Here are some additional products that help Kathy deal with beating the Heat and Migraines.  Take advantage of the coupon code.
    Koldtec - Cool Head Wrap
    KOLD10
    To save $10 off every item in-store.
    2 items = $20 savings
    3 items = $30 savings
    https://www.koldtec.com/ 

    Cold bean bag Releafpack. 15% discount use code Disrupt15
    https://www.releafpack.com 

    • 43 min
    Episode 67 - Brandon Sedgwick - HSCT Prep - Getting Ready for Upcoming Stem Cell Therapy

    Episode 67 - Brandon Sedgwick - HSCT Prep - Getting Ready for Upcoming Stem Cell Therapy

     Meet Brandon Sedgwick. Brandon is a participant in the DMAT Disrupt, Move and Transform - Autoimmune Training Program and Future HSCT - Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation therapy recipient. Kathy discusses Brandon preparation for his HSCT treatment in Mexico which includes his strength training preparation in Kathy's DMAT Program. Listen to Brandon tell his story while getting ready for this life changing event. Additionally, follow his progress via this podcast as well as the follow @msdisrupted on Social Media. 

    • 37 min
    Episode 66 - Jacqueline Kaufman, PhD - Supporting Young Patients And Their Families

    Episode 66 - Jacqueline Kaufman, PhD - Supporting Young Patients And Their Families

    Jacqueline Kaufman, PhD, is an Associate Professor within the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Michigan. Dr. Kaufman is the co-founder of the Michigan Adapted Cognitive Assessment Clinic (M-ACAC), the only known clinic of its kind, which conducts cognitive assessments for children and young adults with severe speech and motor impairment. Patients have traveled from as far as California and Arizona to receive care in this unique specialty clinic!
    Dr. Kaufman is doing amazing and important work for our auto-immune community, with a particular interest in caring for children who are undergoing neuropsychological assessment. In this conversation, we talk about how she works to provide personalized care for parents and children, how her experience volunteering while at school led to her "lightbulb moment", and the hopes she has for her work in the future.


    Links and resources:
    View Dr. Kaufman's profile on the University of Michigan website
    Email Dr. Kaufman 


    Find out more about my new DMAT Fitness Training program
    Visit Disrupt Fitness 
    You can find Kathy Chester at
    disruptfitnessgym@gmail.com
    moveitorloseit109@gmail.com
    Instagram - @msdisrupted 


    Here are some additional products that help Kathy deal with beating the Heat and Migraines.  Take advantage of the coupon code.
    Koldtec - Cool Head Wrap
    KOLD10
    To save $10 off every item in-store.
    2 items = $20 savings
    3 items = $30 savings
    https://www.koldtec.com/ 

    Cold bean bag Releafpack. 15% discount use code Disrupt15
    https://www.releafpack.com 

    • 48 min
    Episode 65 - Chris Dunbar - Another Chapter To Overcome

    Episode 65 - Chris Dunbar - Another Chapter To Overcome

    Chris Dunbar is a man who speaks my language. When his first neurologist told him that he would soon be unable to walk, Chris became more determined than ever to get his body moving, and keep it moving.
    In this episode, Chris talks about his life in the military before his diagnosis, his first symptoms and horrible Lumbar Puncture experience, and how he powered through to continue as a National Qualifying Bodybuilder, even after recent back surgery!
    Links and resources:
    Connect with Chris on Instagram


    Find out more about my new DMAT Fitness Training program
    Visit Disrupt Fitness 
    You can find Kathy Chester at
    disruptfitnessgym@gmail.com
    moveitorloseit109@gmail.com 
    Instagram - @msdisrupted


    Here are some additional products that help Kathy deal with beating the Heat and Migraines.  Take advantage of the coupon code.
    Koldtec - Cool Head Wrap
    KOLD10
    To save $10 off every item in-store.
    2 items = $20 savings
    3 items = $30 savings
    https://www.koldtec.com/ 

    Cold bean bag Releafpack. 15% discount use code Disrupt15
    https://www.releafpack.com 

    • 47 min
    Episode 64 - Shahd Alshammari - Writing To Keep Her Head Above Water

    Episode 64 - Shahd Alshammari - Writing To Keep Her Head Above Water

    Shahd Alshammari is a Kuwaiti-Palestinian author and academic. She is the author of Notes on the Flesh (Faraxa Press, 2017) and Head Above Water (Neem Tree Press, 2022), and was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis at the age of only 18.
    Despite her doctors preparing her for a tragic life and early death, she threw herself into education - not because she wanted to achieve anything in particular, but simply for the love of learning. 
    In this episode, we talk about how Shahd's experiences with MS have taught her what is important, and how this is an advantage that chronically ill people have over others, particularly in light of the COVID pandemic. She also talks about how writing helped her to deal with feeling let down by her body, why women might find it harder to advocate for themselves, and her exciting plans for the future.
    I loved meeting Dr. Shahd and I'm excited to support wherever her talent takes her next - as she says, "You can't do this on your own, you need an army."
    Links and resources:
    Visit Dr. Shahd Alshammari and connect with her on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter
    Buy Dr. Shahd's books


    Find out more about my new DMAT Fitness Training program
    Visit Disrupt Fitness 
    You can find Kathy Chester at
    disruptfitnessgym@gmail.com
    moveitorloseit109@gmail.com
    Instagram - @msdisrupted


    Here are some additional products that help Kathy deal with beating the Heat and Migraines.  Take advantage of the coupon code.
    Koldtec - Cool Head Wrap
    KOLD10
    To save $10 off every item in-store.
    2 items = $20 savings
    3 items = $30 savings
    https://www.koldtec.com/ 

    Cold bean bag Releafpack. 15% discount use code Disrupt15
    https://www.releafpack.com 

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

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10 Ratings

10 Ratings

Edie Sohigian ,

Great Perspective!

Thank you for your insight, Kathy. Love your show. Great guests! Nice to. Hear from somebody in the same boat.