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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


Ria’s NMO Story – Stronger Than You Know Fighting NMO

Recently, Ria’s mother’s blood pressure climbed dangerously high.  Her father is scheduled for a triple bypass later this week.  It’s been an unusual few months for a woman who has been on the other side of the hospital bed more frequently than not for the last five years. Ria has risen to the occasion. Because… Read More


Daniele’s NMO Story – MENINA CORAGEM (Courageous Girl)

I was diagnosed with Neuromyelitis Optica in June of 2012 after two hospitalizations totaling 5 months, during which I lost all my strength, ability to move and all feeling from my chest down… My first symptoms, during August and September of 2011, were nausea and vomiting. Nowadays, I know that those are very peculiar characteristics… Read More


Kia’s NMO Story – Deciphering my Diagnosis

The Diagnosis My NMO journey started after my 29th birthday in January 2016. I had a headache that would not go away. It was unlike anything I had experienced before. At the time I had just embarked on a new semester in law school. Everyone around me thought it was just law school stress. The… Read More