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By Cathy Chapman, Patient Representative, the MSA Coalition

Multiple system atrophy. As a patient, hearing these words brings out a flood of emotions – some of which include fear and overwhelming loneliness for what is ahead. I’d like to share with you lessons I have learned from others on this journey that have guided me since my diagnosis with MSA-C in 2012.

  • Learn everything you can about MSA to be able to face it head on.
  • Exercise safely, to your ability, for as long as you can.
  • Surround yourself with the love of family and friends.

And always…

  • Take one day at a time.