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is the story of Kristie Salerno Kent, who faced the challenges of multiple sclerosis (MS) and went on to become a national advocate for people living with MS and their partners, as well as building a successful career as a singer-songwriter. This is the intimate story of how one woman triumphed over fear and denial through her passion for music and her decision to never give up hope.
MS is a chronic, debilitating disease of the central nervous system. Severity of the disease may vary from person to person, and include symptoms such as numbness, tingling, vision problems or difficulty walking.
“MS affects our emotional and physical health in different and often unexpected ways. For many of us, the first reaction is denial, and we can take extraordinary measures to hide our symptoms. I didn’t talk about what was happening, even to my husband, because it was just too hard to explain,” said Ms. Salerno Kent, who is also a paid spokesperson for Acorda Therapeutics. “My journey from denial to hope was possible because of my passion for music, it inspired me and gave me the courage to retake control of my life. I hope that now my story and my music can help others to pursue their passions and use that strength to face MS head on and get the care they need and deserve. I like to say that the word ‘dreams’ may end in ‘ms,’ but MS doesn’t have to end our dreams.”