Voices of NMO

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Maurita’s NMO Story – Working Hard & Working Through

She thought it might be her fault. After all, she was working 14-hour days driving a truck, going to school full time and caring for a young son on her own…   In 2008, Maurita suffered a bad stomach virus, but she worked and studied through it.  Almost a year later, it happened again, virulently enough… Read More

Chelsey’s NMO Story – Sister & Scientist

Chelsey Judge, PhD, is a scientist with a particular interest in immunology. She also happen to be the sister of an NMO patient. Chelsey shares her Voices of NMO™ story from the perspective of a scientist, sibling, and scientific advisor to one of TSF for NMO’s partners, The Connor B. Judge Foundation, based in Cleveland,… Read More

Danielle’s NMO Story – Sending Spoons

April Fools’ Day jokes are supposed to be funny. However, the one my parents thought I was playing two years ago, was most definitely not. I’m not pulling your leg either when I tell you, on April 1, 2016, I woke up completely blind in my left eye. Let me pause for a moment and… Read More

Chelsey’s NMO Story – Vision Without Sight

In February 2019, I received an NMOSD diagnosis after nearly 11 years of being treated for multiple sclerosis… I think when you are diagnosed with a chronic disease, knowing who you are is critical to how you move forward with living the life you want to live. With certainty, I can say that I live… Read More

Eleanor’s NMO Story – A Lucky Beach Girl

Is it unreasonable to call a woman who comes down with a rare autoimmune disease lucky? What about two autoimmune diseases? It may seem strange, but Eleanor considers herself lucky. With her children still in high school, her elderly parents needing her care and working a full- time teaching job, Eleanor didn’t have much time… Read More