Dawn is a 45-year-old mother, living in Washington D.C. She was diagnosed with RRMS in 2000. She has a BA in American Studies from SUNY Buffalo and completed her graduate work in English as a Second Language at American University. In 2001, Dawn was on track to begin a Ph.D. program; however, life got in the way and an MS diagnosis became the focus.
She loves being a mom to her son, yoga, transcendental meditation, foreign films, music, Black culture, and is currently completing her memoir about her life with MS.
Find her on Instagram @dawn_janine
Daana is 40 years old, living in Milwaukee, WI. She was diagnosed with RRMS in 2004. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Africology, a Master of Science in Cultural Foundations of Education, and is a Ph.D. candidate in Social Foundations of Education, with a specialization in Sociology. She is resigned to the fact that her Ph.D. candidate status will likely be in perpetuity, as finishing her dissertation presents a unique set of challenges in combination with health issues.
Daana’s DMDs have ranged from Avonex to Tysabri to LEMTRADA (final infusion in 2016) — with IV steroids, plasmapheresis and botox injections in between over the years. She began Ocrevus in December 2018, after new lesions were found post-LEMTRADA.
She currently teaches Sociology part-time and has been teaching for 14 years at various colleges and universities throughout Wisconsin.
She loves James Baldwin, Black culture, being an Auntie, making playlists on Spotify, and red lipstick.
Find her on Instagram @retrosoul__