MS Famous Patients: Ann Romney

Ann Romney is the wife of the American businessman, 70th Governor of Massachusetts, and presidential contender Mitt Romney, and in 1998, she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. For three years the mother of five struggled to cope emotionally with the diagnosis while the disease physically exhausted her. Almost twenty years later, she is now one of the most renown voices against the disease. She also found riding horses helpful as a form of therapy for multiple sclerosis.

But can emotional health influence MS treatment outcomes?

With an active family life, Ann Romney dedicated herself to charity and became the global ambassador for the Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases. To celebrate the MS Awareness Week, Ann Romney shared her thoughts about her journey with multiple sclerosis, the importance of her family’s support, and the impact of the center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in her life. The hospital works continuously to accelerate treatment, prevention, and cures for the 50 million patients worldwide living with MS, Alzheimer’s disease, ALS, Parkinson’s disease, and brain tumors.

Learn more about how Shemar Moore supports his mother, who has multiple sclerosis, while also helping MS research.

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  1. Bob says:

    How about she throws her political clout behind research facilities such as TISCH and do some fund raising to help facilitate treatment that might actually work.

    • Olivier says:

      Yes Bob, you’re right.
      Don’t forget that she can cope with it because she is coming from a kind of billionaire environment. For sure she doesn’t have to worry about having to pay bills and such like most of us.

      That is the reason why she can be “anti stem cell research” as it is required by her “crazy” religion.
      For sure she doesn’t care about finding a cure for MS especially if finding a cure has to conflict her religious belief.

      • Lynne says:

        You’re absolutely correct. Sometimes, I think the best job for someone with MS is no job…when you’re relapsing. She lives the life of Riley and hasn’t a care in the world, except for taking her meds or infusions and riding her horses.

        My husband, a Neurologist, runs an MS clinic and is in the process of starting stem cell research, which is where it’s at now.

        One of our children has MS and is handling it like a storm trooper.

        • Beverly Gilmar says:

          I’m sorry but NOONE with MS lives the life of Riley as u so stated. Trust me I have MS & although money would definitely help me in life it sure as hell won’t take away my MS symptoms like severe pain, numbness, blindness, paralysis, etc etc etc. Not a care in the world except take her Meds & ride horses? `[The last sentence that originally appeared here has been deleted because it was insulting and offensive – Editor].

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