Meet the GILENYA Guides


Wife and mother of three • Middle school educator

  • When did multiple sclerosis (MS) enter your life?
  • It was the evening of my son's christening. I noticed my foot was numb and changed shoes. The next morning, I was limping and in real pain. Thinking it was a slipped disk, I saw a chiropractor for a few weeks. But after my symptoms continued, I went to an orthopedic specialist who ordered an MRI and then referred me to a neurologist who diagnosed me with relapsing MS.
  • Q. What happened then?
  • A.When you find out there is something wrong with you, and the doctor mentions wheelchair in the same appointment, you know you have a fight on your hands. I took my diagnosis pretty seriously and worked to learn all I could.
  • Q. What have you found that helps besides medication?
  • A.I exercise and strive to keep stress out of my life. I enjoy Zumba classes, if maybe a bit less strenuously. I try to keep a positive outlook about life.
  • Q. How would you describe your attitude about MS?
  • A.I would not be who I am today without this illness. It's part of who I am. I can wake up each and every morning and feel good about myself and do what I want with my family. I might need to do things at a slower pace, but I still get there. I get through the battles.
  • Q. Why did you consider GILENYA®?
  • A.While on injectables, I was having a variety of issues—eventually I couldn't inject myself. My doctor understood I was struggling. We knew an oral medication was coming. We were just hoping it would help me."
  • Q. Why are you a GILENYA Guide?
  • A.MS has taught me to be optimistic and stand up to challenges. At school we say, 'Live it. Do it. Dream it.' But it took me a while to embrace this idea myself and live it in regards to MS. I try to share this with others. And that all starts with finding the right treatment for each individual.

*GILENYA can result in a slow heart rate when first taken. You will be observed by a health care professional for at least 6 hours after you take your first dose. You may need to repeat this monitoring if you miss a dose or are a child who is moving to 0.5 mg from the 0.25 mg dose.

GILENYA reduced the frequency of relapses by 52% in a 1-year study vs Avonex and by 54% in a 2-year study vs placebo.

  Avonex is a registered trademark of Biogen Idec.


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