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Podcast hosted by Dawn and Daana -- two Black women musing about life with Multiple Sclerosis.

Dawn is a 43-year-old mother, living in the DC Metropolitan area. She was diagnosed with RRMS in 2000. She has a BA in American Studies from SUNY Buffalo, and completed her graduate work in English as a Second Language at American University. In 2001, Dawn was on track to begin a PhD program; however, life got in the way and an MS diagnosis became the focus. She was an elementary ESL teacher for fifteen years and now teaches ESL courses at Anne Arundel and Howard Community College on a part-time basis.

Daana is 39 years old, living in Milwaukee, WI. She was diagnosed with RRMS in 2004. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Africology, a Master of Science in Cultural Foundations of Education, and is a PhD candidate in Social Foundations of Education, with a specialization in Sociology. She is resigned to the fact that her PhD candidate status will likely be in perpetuity, as finishing her dissertation presents a unique set of challenges in combination with health issues. Daana’s DMDs have ranged from Avonex, to Tysabri to LEMTRADA (final infusion in 2016) — with IV steroids, plasmapheresis and botox injections in between over the years. She began Ocrevus in December 2018, after new lesions were found post LEMTRADA.

Dawn and Daana met in 2016 in a Facebook group dedicated to the drug LEMTRADA. Though they live in two different states, in two different parts of the country, through the amazing power of technology, they virtually join each other to share their experiences about living life with MS.

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Podcast hosted by Dawn and Daana -- two Black women musing about life with Multiple Sclerosis.

Dawn is a 43-year-old mother, living in the DC Metropolitan area. She was diagnosed with RRMS in 2000. She has a BA in American Studies from SUNY Buffalo, and completed her graduate work in English as a Second Language at American University. In 2001, Dawn was on track to begin a PhD program; however, life got in the way and an MS diagnosis became the focus. She was an elementary ESL teacher for fifteen years and now teaches ESL courses at Anne Arundel and Howard Community College on a part-time basis.

Daana is 39 years old, living in Milwaukee, WI. She was diagnosed with RRMS in 2004. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Africology, a Master of Science in Cultural Foundations of Education, and is a PhD candidate in Social Foundations of Education, with a specialization in Sociology. She is resigned to the fact that her PhD candidate status will likely be in perpetuity, as finishing her dissertation presents a unique set of challenges in combination with health issues. Daana’s DMDs have ranged from Avonex, to Tysabri to LEMTRADA (final infusion in 2016) — with IV steroids, plasmapheresis and botox injections in between over the years. She began Ocrevus in December 2018, after new lesions were found post LEMTRADA.

Dawn and Daana met in 2016 in a Facebook group dedicated to the drug LEMTRADA. Though they live in two different states, in two different parts of the country, through the amazing power of technology, they virtually join each other to share their experiences about living life with MS.

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

Whitt87 ,

Amazing!!

I stumbled across this podcast on Instagram, and I’m so glad I did. I finally have people I can relate to!! Thank you ladies for your transparency and willingness to share.

CW Buckets ,

I found this via Instagram

Okay let me explain how I got here.

1. I have had MS for a couple years now.

2. I run a little YouTube/Instagram page(MS-ing with You)

3. I was looking for MS related resources because I only know but so much about the disease I have.

4. I found your podcast and started with the episode on MS Awareness month.

Ok so now that we are here. I never knew about MS awareness month until I started that YouTube and Instagram. I never knew there was a great big world of other people like me sharing their stories. The way you two talk about so many thoughts that I share in common with you is almost insane!
The points that got me the most was about how people expect you to be the expert on MS just because you have the disease. I feel like I learn something new about myself every single day.
Thank you both for putting many of my thoughts into podcast form. I wish you nothing but success and hope to hear from you on Instagram or YouTube some day! Keep making great content!

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