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Betty’s NMO Story – The NMO Monster

In October 2015, as I was traveling to Oklahoma to visit my sister, I developed a deep gray-teardrop-shaped spot in my right eye which increased after I arrived. I mentioned this to my sister as it was odd I could see around this shape. There was a little soreness and my eye was slightly itchy…. Read More


Dr. Weinshenker’s NMO Story – Witnessing the Transformation of Neuromyelitis Optica

My name is Brian Weinshenker and I am a neurologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.  I established a career as an MS specialist and have had an interest in conditions that mimic MS and issues relating to the accuracy of MS diagnosis.  Neurologists have no specific tests for MS; a diagnosis is established… Read More


Ann’s NMO Story – Not Letting NMO Stop Her

Ann and her husband were at the seaside, collecting seaweed to use in a kitchen garden they were digging.  Ann noticed a tightness in and around her chest, but assumed the hard work was causing the strange sensation.  The tightness, like a band around her body, lasted for a few days.  Ann went to the… Read More


Jeanette’s NMO Story – Surviving Since Birth

My name is Jeanette McCourt from Arizona and I was diagnosed with Neuromyelitis Optica on June 1, 2016. This diagnosis did not come easily or quickly. I had multiple diagnoses including Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Sjogrens, Raynauds, Paresthetic Neuralgia, Occipital Neuralgia, Hashimotos, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, and Multiple Sclerosis! PHEW! I was honestly exhausted and beaten… Read More


Arif’s Story – Becoming Stronger with TM

My name is Arif and I am from Jhansi, a historic city located in the northern part of India. This is my TM story… I was in my final year of pursuing an MBA (Masters of Business Administration) at Pioneer Institute of Professional Studies (PIPS) in Indore when it all happened. In August 2010, I… Read More