Meet the GILENYA Guides


Husband and father • Mail carrier • Volunteer fire chief

  • How did you find out you had relapsing multiple sclerosis (MS)?
  • I woke up Easter morning in 2000 blind in my right eye. My optometrist met me right away at his office and admitted this was beyond him. He recommended a neurologist who, with the help of an MRI and spinal tap, diagnosed relapsing MS.
  • Q. What did you do then?
  • A.I had to make a lot of adjustments because of MS. I stopped firefighting and took an administrative position. But with all my modifications and medications, I was relapsing and my work was getting more and more difficult.
  • Q. What's your attitude about having relapsing MS?
  • A.I have never asked in all this time, 'Why me?' Just doesn't occur to me to feel sorry for myself. I just go about finding the best way to cope with it.
  • Q. What do you tell other people with relapsing MS?
  • A.This is not the end. Just a new beginning. It is scary until you learn enough to know that. You'll get good at finding shade and staying out of the sun, and you'll find the perspective you need to realize what this is all about.
  • Q. How has adversity made you stronger?
  • A.You learn how to keep an upbeat outlook on yourself and life in general. There are things that can help you. Resources you can utilize to help you. You learn to get around the challenges MS throws in your path.
  • Q. How did you find your way to GILENYA®?
  • A.When something isn't working, it's my job to fix it. Here's my usual philosophy. If something's broken, you fix it. Maybe try to fix it again. Or if not, throw it away. That's not an option when you're the one that's broken. You just have to keep trying until you find something that can help.
  • Q. Why are you a GILENYA Guide?
  • A.I'm a fixer. If there is someone who just got diagnosed or they have a problem, maybe I can help. It's what I do.

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Speak up and share your message. Tell multiple sclerosis (MS) how you really feel by posting your message on our "HEY MS" message board.

Make sure your voice is heard. We love that you want to say "Take This!" to relapsing MS, but there are still some words even we can't use—words that might not be appropriate. They're defined in the Community Guidelines below. But have no fear; we'll give you a heads up if you use any problematic words by highlighting them after you hit submit. So, go for it, and tell relapsing MS how you really feel!

  • Do not include medical advice or any non-approved use of GILENYA

  • No profane, indecent, or inappropriate language in your message or image, please (a no-no)

  • Avoid using your full name and/or e-mail address in your message, so this personal information remains private and protected

  • Do not include spam, such as links to or URLs for other websites or social networks in your message

  • Refrain from sharing any treatment and/or dosage information, as well as names of specific medicines (brand name or generic) and product manufacturers

  • Avoid mention of side effects from GILENYA. We take drug product safety seriously. You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit or call

Please note that in order to comply with our Community Guidelines as well as the FDA's Prescription Drug Advertising Guidelines, your statement may be subject to modification, while maintaining the spirit of your message. Your photo and statement may be used in other GILENYA marketing materials



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