Episode 54 | Synergy: Stress, Chronic Illness & Being Black [ Part II ] — feat. Dr. Donald E. Grant, Jr., PsyD

Dr. Donald E. Grant Jr., PsyD

Tune in to Episode 54 of the Myelin & Melanin podcast.

Join us for Part II of our series on stress, chronic illness & Black mental health, featuring Psychologist Dr. Donald Grant, Jr., PsyD. We talk about oppression. intergenerational trauma, as well as the physiological manifestations of stress. We also discuss links to chronic illness. Could there possibly be a link between intergenerational trauma and MS in Black people?

Dr. Grant is a socio-cultural analyst and mental health expert who has served as an educator, media analyst, child welfare administrator, trainer, presenter, and social services advocate. Dr. Grant currently occupies two roles as the Executive Director of Mindful Training Solutions, LLC (MTS) and Executive Director of Pacific Oaks College’s Center for Community and Social Impact.

Find him on Twitter at @DrGrantJr and Instagram at @dr_grant.

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Episode 53 | Synergy: Stress, Chronic Illness & Being Black [ Part I ] — feat. Dr. Donald E. Grant, Jr., PsyD

Tune in to Episode 53 of the Myelin & Melanin podcast.

Join us for Part I of our series on stress, chronic illness & Black mental health, featuring Psychologist Dr. Donald Grant, Jr., PsyD. We talk about oppression. intergenerational trauma, as well as the physiological manifestations of stress. We also discuss links to chronic illness. Could there possibly be a link between intergenerational trauma and MS in Black people?

Dr. Donald E. Grant, Jr., PsyD

Dr. Grant is a socio-cultural analyst and mental health expert who has served as an educator, media analyst, child welfare administrator, trainer, presenter, and social services advocate. Dr. Grant currently occupies two roles as the Executive Director of Mindful Training Solutions, LLC (MTS) and Executive Director of Pacific Oaks College’s Center for Community and Social Impact.

Find him on Twitter at @DrGrantJr and Instagram at @dr_grant.

You can find us on the web at myelinandmelanin.com, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @myelinmelanin. You can also subscribe to us on YouTube.

Consider supporting us through our Patreon — patreon.com/myelinmelanin. Patrons can gain access to exclusive content, Myelin & Melanin swag & more.

Your support helps us offset the cost of maintaining our website, paying for our remote recording technology, music, podcast & merchandise production and more.

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Peace!

Episode 52 | Black Women, Healthcare & MS: Reflections — feat. Sydney B.

Tune in to episode 52 of the Myelin & Melanin Podcast.

We are joined today by Sydney B. to reflect with us on navigating the healthcare system as Black women with MS, and the unique challenges that we face.

Sydney B.

You can find Sydney on Instagram @thesydneyrae.

You can find us on the web at myelinandmelanin.com, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @myelinmelanin. You can also subscribe to us on YouTube.

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Episode 51 | MS is MS: Labels, Progression & TMI — feat. Dr. Aaron Boster, MD

Tune in to Episode 51 of the Myelin & Melanin Podcast!

Dr. Aaron Boster, MD

Join us as we talk with one of our favorite guests — neurologist & MS specialist Dr. Aaron Boster, MD. We chat about clinicians’ responsibility to know and respect their patients’ “TMI thresholds”, and the problematic nature of MS “categories”.

We also talk about Dr. Boster’s new practice — The Boster Center for Multiple Sclerosis! Check it out at http://www.bosterms.com

You can find us on the web at myelinandmelanin.com, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @myelinmelanin. You can also subscribe to us on YouTube.

Consider supporting us through our Patreon — patreon.com/myelinmelanin. Patrons can gain access to exclusive content, Myelin & Melanin swag & more.

Your support helps us offset the cost of maintaining our website, paying for our remote recording technology, music, podcast & merchandise production and more.

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Peace!

Episode 50 | M&M Party Line #1 — feat. Ardra Shephard, Damian Washington & Carlos Kareem Windham

We made it to 50! To celebrate this milestone, join us for the first-ever Myelin & Melanin Party Line! The party line is an opportunity for us to talk with some of our faves in the MS Community about provocative topics in the MS world.

Today we are joined by Ardra Shephard (www.trippingonair.com), Damian Washington (http://youtube.com/nostressms) and Carlos Kareem Windham (https://www.instagram.com/elcaballonegrito).

You don’t want to miss this engaging conversation.

You can find us on the web at http://myelinandmelanin.com, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @myelinmelanin. You can also subscribe to us on YouTube.

Consider supporting us through our Patreon — http://patreon.com/myelinmelanin. Patrons can gain access to exclusive content, Myelin & Melanin swag & more.

Your support helps us offset the cost of maintaining our website, paying for our remote recording technology, music, podcast & merchandise production and more.

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Peace! 

Episode 49 | A Shifting Narrative: On Being Black With MS — feat. Dr. Mitzi Joi Williams, MD

Tune in to the Season 3 opener of the Myelin & Melanin Podcast!

Dr. Mitzi Joi Williams, MD

Join us as we talk with noted neurologist & MS specialist Dr. Mitzi Joi Williams, MD. We talk about narratives surrounding MS in the Black population, resilience and more. You don’t want to miss this engaging conversation.

You can find Dr. Williams on Instagram @thenerdyneurologist and on her website at https://joilifewellness.com/

You can find us on the web at http://myelinandmelanin.com, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @myelinmelanin. You can also subscribe to us on YouTube.

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Peace! 

BONUS | Stories from Across the Pond — feat. Gemma Allen & Laura Thorne

Happy Holidays! In the spirit of giving and the holiday season, we’re sharing one more bonus episode before Season 3 begins streaming January 18, 2020.

Gemma Allen

All MS is different. We know this of course, but it was put into a greater perspective as we recorded this bonus episode from our forthcoming “Stories From Across the Pond” series. We had the pleasure of chatting with Gemma Allen [ of Shift.MS] and Laura Thorne [ of www.lovelemontree.com ] — both from the UK — about their MS stories. 

Laura Thorne

You can find Gemma and Laura on Instagram, respectively, at @gems1247 and @lovelemontreeuk.

You can find us on the web at http://myelinandmelanin.com, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @myelinmelanin. You can also subscribe to us on YouTube.

We’ll be back for Season 3 in January 2020, but stay tuned to our social media and YouTube channel for videos and more.

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Peace! 

BONUS | Adversity, Resilience & MS — feat. Dr. Brandon Beaber, MD

Tune in to a Thanksgiving bonus episode of the Myelin & Melanin Podcast.

Dr. Brandon Beaber, MD

Season 2 ended a few weeks ago, but in the spirit of gratitude and thanks, please enjoy this bonus episode. In this episode, we talk with neurologist and MS specialist Dr. Brandon Beaber, about his recently published book Resilience in the Face of Multiple Sclerosis, and how resilience is an ever-changing concept for people who face adversity like MS. 

You can find Dr. Beaber on Twitter @brandon_beaber, and on his YouTube channel.

You can find us on the web at http://myelinandmelanin.com, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @myelinmelanin. You can also subscribe to us on YouTube.

We’ll be back for Season 3 in January 2020, but stay tuned to our social media and YouTube channel for videos, additional bonus episodes and more.

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The End of My LEMTRADA Journey — The End of an Era

I fully acknowledge that the title of this post is overdramatic and extra. But that’s how I’ve been feeling.

Yesterday was my monthly LEMTRADA lab day. The phlebotomist comes to my house to collect them. It’s been the same woman for the past almost 5 years — since the beginning of my LEMTRADA journey. She’s been with me as I transitioned from a cane to a walker and finally to a wheelchair. She’s been with me through multiple hospital stays and two several months-long inpatient rehab stints (she came there to collect the labs). She’s been there through two moves — one from my parents’ to my new apartment, and from my apartment back to my parents’. She’s been with me as I had to stop driving. She’s been with me as I had to file (and get approved, thankfully) for SSDI.

Though she doesn’t know it, she’s represented an oddly comforting consistency over the past 5 years. Maybe it’s the Taurus in me — who knows. The LEMTRADA labs represent a benchmark of sorts. They are a timeline of my sad slow decline, post-LEMTRADA. Everything that happens in my life now is filtered through that lens.

LEMTRADA didn’t work for me. In fact, I had to begin another DMT (Ocrevus) after my final infusion in 2016 (in a perfect world, this shouldn’t have been necessary). That said, the labs are also a bitter reminder of how LEMTRADA failed me.

The drug “rules” require that for four years after our final infusion (mine was February 2016) we are monitored monthly to ensure that LEMTRADA isn’t fucking up our organs, system, etc. (any more so than it already viscerally has for me). I am grateful that my thyroid and kidneys have been spared from the drug’s grips over the past five years — a possibility I was warned about when I signed my life away prior to starting LEMTRADA in 2015. I caught a break, after all, I guess.

So, February 2020 is the end of my four year monitoring period. It’ll be the official end of my LEMTRADA journey. The end of an era. I feel oddly sad.

It’s weird.

-Daana