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Avery’s NMO Story – Racing Against NMO

My entire life, I was always a healthy and energetic person… I have played tons of sports and never went to the doctor unless it was for a sports physical. I found joy in all of life’s beauties but I really fell in love with running. I joined as a sophomore and not only did I… Read More


Sumaira’s NMO Story (from The Transverse Myelitis Association Blog – In Their Own Words”)

Sumaira’s NMO Story From the Transverse Myelitis Association blog, In Their Own Words (October 4, 2018) My name is Sumaira and I am the founder and executive director of The Sumaira Foundation for NMO and Miss Bangladesh-USA 2015. Thank you for taking the time to read my story. It all started in June 2014. I was a perfectly… Read More


Phil’s NMO Story – A Journey to a Diagnosis

Here is my story of how I was diagnosed with Neuromyelitis Optica and just how scary it can be knowing that something is wrong but not being able to find out what that something is.  I am not one to share my emotions.  The last 15 months have harbored some of the scariest times of… Read More


Dr. Tracey Cho’s NMO Story – Teaching Future Neurologists That NMO is a “Do Not Miss” Diagnosis

My name is Tracey Cho. I am a neurologist and a teacher. I specialize in autoimmune and infectious neurology, treating diseases like NMO, NMDA receptor encephalitis, HSV encephalitis, chronic meningitis, and neurosarcoidosis. I have also been a clerkship director (teaching medical students neurology) and residency director (mentoring neurologists in training). I have spent most of… Read More


Paula’s NMO Story – A Walking Miracle

  Paula is a walking miracle. She looks good, feels good and can do most everything she ever did in her life, though she is now eligible for senior discounts. Paula has NMO. Lupus. Hashimoto’s Disease. Sjogren’s Syndrome. Raynaud’s Syndrome. Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS). Fibromyalgia. When she was just 15, Paula was diagnosed with Idiopathic thrombocytopenic… Read More