230 episodes

Jon Strum cuts through all the jargon and breaks down the latest multiple sclerosis news. You’ll meet the scientists who are creating tomorrow’s MS treatments today. You’ll hear from the experts discussing how the latest tweaks and changes to our healthcare laws will impact your MS treatment. And we’ll be talking to the courageous MS warriors who are out there advocating on behalf of the MS community every day, as well as the men and women who are committed to living their best lives with MS and living their best lives as MS caregivers. If you're dealing with multiple sclerosis in your life -- as a patient, caregiver, family member, or friend -- join us each week for RealTalk MS.

RealTalk MS Jon Strum

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.7 • 108 Ratings

Jon Strum cuts through all the jargon and breaks down the latest multiple sclerosis news. You’ll meet the scientists who are creating tomorrow’s MS treatments today. You’ll hear from the experts discussing how the latest tweaks and changes to our healthcare laws will impact your MS treatment. And we’ll be talking to the courageous MS warriors who are out there advocating on behalf of the MS community every day, as well as the men and women who are committed to living their best lives with MS and living their best lives as MS caregivers. If you're dealing with multiple sclerosis in your life -- as a patient, caregiver, family member, or friend -- join us each week for RealTalk MS.

    Employment and MS with Dr. Phillip Rumrill

    Employment and MS with Dr. Phillip Rumrill

    Many people living with MS decide to leave the workforce prematurely because they aren't aware of all of their employment-related options. Like so many other aspects of living with multiple sclerosis, managing your employment requires a strategy.

    My guest today is employment and disability expert Dr. Phillip Rumrill, and we're devoting this entire episode of RealTalk MS to talk about the many aspects of unemployment that people living with MS need to know about.

    • 40 min
    Getting that Cognitive Assessment with Cathy Chester

    Getting that Cognitive Assessment with Cathy Chester

    Cognitive issues affect a majority of people living with MS and experts often recommend a cognitive assessment as the first step in managing cognitive dysfunction. But what's that cognitive assessment all about?

    Cathy Chester has been living with MS since 1986 and she just recently underwent her own 3-hour cognitive assessment. Cathy is joining me to walk us through her experience. And if you're wondering what a cognitive assessment is and how it might help you, you won't want to miss our conversation.

    • 33 min
    MS Superheroes with Madison Copot

    MS Superheroes with Madison Copot

    Madison Copot was diagnosed with MS about 9 years ago, just before turning 13. And when she received her diagnosis, Madison was also told that she was too young to be seen by an MS specialist. Today, Madison is a 21-year old young woman, and if you want to hear what a real-life superhero sounds like, you won't want to miss my conversation with Madison.

    • 28 min
    Episode 208: COVID-19 Vaccine Update: The Third Dose and MS with Dr. Nancy Sicotte and Victoria Holmes

    Episode 208: COVID-19 Vaccine Update: The Third Dose and MS with Dr. Nancy Sicotte and Victoria Holmes

    The FDA has authorized a third dose of the COVID-19 mRNA vaccines. What does this mean for people living with MS? Are you eligible for a third dose now?

    Dr. Nancy Sicotte joins me with an update on vaccines, variants, boosters, antibodies, and more. Dr. Sicotte is a professor and Chair of the Department of Neurology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Dr. Sicotte also Chairs the MS Society’s National Medical Advisory Committee and leads its COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Group.

    • 40 min
    The Benefits of Art and Music Therapy in MS with Dr. Meera Rastogi, Veronica DeNoma, and Betsy Hartman

    The Benefits of Art and Music Therapy in MS with Dr. Meera Rastogi, Veronica DeNoma, and Betsy Hartman

    Imagine being able to see improvement in cognition, motor function, and self-esteem, while enhancing neurological functions like walking and speech without taking another pill or even breaking a sweat. 

    Joining me to talk about the evidence-based benefits that people living with MS can gain through music and art therapy are Dr. Meera Rastogi, Veronica DeNoma, and Betsy Hartman.

    • 35 min
    The Importance of Advocacy with MS Activist Jenna Green

    The Importance of Advocacy with MS Activist Jenna Green

    Last year alone, MS Activists helped to bring about these changes:

    $10 Million increase in funding for the Congressionally-Directed MS Research Program

    $3 Billion increase in funding for the National Institutes of Health

    Sustained funding for the CDC's National Neurological Conditions Surveillance System

    Passage of the CREATES Act

    Joining me to talk about what advocacy is all about and why it matters is MS Activist Jenna Green.

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
108 Ratings

108 Ratings

AIRiel Kara ,

Thank you

I’m grateful this podcast exists, it’s the main way that I educate myself about MS. John is awesome and makes sure that all the details are communicated clearly. The guests are always great. Thank you!

DefJuan ,

Outstanding resource

As someone with a family member living with MS, trying to understand all of the facets of the condition can be daunting. This podcast goes above and beyond to explain and relate the sometimes difficult concepts into digestible and actionable bits of information. Other members of my family also listen to the show, and it has sparked conversation leading to greater understanding amongst all of us. An absolute service and very much appreciated.

Farmer188 ,

PBA please

Real Talk, please- please- please, address PBA. If I have missed it, please reply. I am on a mission.

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