Cathy Chester | An Empowered Spirit

Are You More Than Your Disease? Tell Us How in the #MoreThan Campaign

There’s a new campaign in town that I’m very excited about. It’s called #MoreThan and it’s sponsored by the phenomenal website PatientsLikeMe whose mission is to put patients first by partnering with over 500,000 people who live with 2,700 conditions. That’s extraordinary, don’t you think?’

ALS * Bipolar disorder * Brain injury * Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME * Crohn’s Disease * Depression * Diabetes * Epilepsy * Fibromyalgia * HIV/AIDS * IBS * Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis * Lupus * Mood Conditions * Multiple Sclerosis * Organ Transplants * Parkinson’s Disease * Psoriasis * PTSD *  Pulmonary Fibrosis * Rare Diseases * RLS/WED * Ulcerative Colitis * and much more


The campaign is a unique way to showcase why we are so much more than our disease. We won’t let illness define the incredible, beautiful people we are. We may live with some crazy symptoms but we’re also mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, daughters and sons, friends, coworkers, artists, engineers, mechanics, lawyers, athletes, teachers, nurses, entrepreneurs……

You can read my story on why I’m #MoreThan my MS at PatientsLikeMe.


Take a look at this video to get a sense of the incredible people who are already part of the #MoreThan campaign.

“We cannot direct the wind but we can adjust the sails.” ~Author Unknown

Now it’s your turn to join the campaign. It’s simple. Follow the next three steps and you’re done!

Together we are the answer!

campaignBefore you go I hope you take a look at why John is #MoreThanMS. I loved hearing him tell his sweet story on why he is so much more than his disease.

I hope you join this campaign. I can’t wait to read why you are #MoreThan your illness.

7 thoughts on “Are You More Than Your Disease? Tell Us How in the #MoreThan Campaign

  1. Terry

    I am more than I thought I would be when I had to retire from the classrooms because I could no longer remember my students’ names and profiles … but my husband and I learned to do my daily injections … he was my best friend, my caretaker, and my entire center. I lost him Christmas morning this past winter ..; unexpectedly, suddenly, he died and I was without him. He and I began our small businesses here at home – he a woodworker, l a quilter, and both with shops in our barn. We spent every day together. I am lost without him. I go through the motions every day and surprisingly am still open and helping quilters find fabrics and design their quilts. I am less than I was six months ago, before he died … but I will not remain less … I will work to be more than I am today. I still deny the label of RRMS … I have something, but not that. I now also have skin cancers (all three types) since I’d taken those injections for MS for more than four years…I stopped it when I lost my career as a teacher. I lost myself then, for a short time. But my husband helped me find a new me. I will be that new me again, for him, to honor him. I will be more than my diagnosis.

  2. Lois Alter Mark

    This is a fantastic campaign, and you are a perfect role model for it. You are SOOOO much more than MS, my friend. That’s not what defines you at all. What defines you is your compassion, your generosity, your humor, your intelligence, I could go on and on and on … xo
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  3. Carolann

    I am so excited to see this! I have a few medical conditions that at times I refuse to talk about with most folks. This is wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing.

  4. Helene Cohen Bludman

    This is such an affirming and uplifting campaign and you are a perfect fit as its spokesperson! Congratulations! I know this audience will benefit from your wisdom just as so many others have already. Proud of you!!

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