Cathy Chester | An Empowered Spirit

About Me


“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain.”

About Cathy and An Empowered Spirit: An Empowered Spirit is my blog to empower you to live a rich and full life after age 50 and despite living with a disability.

I want our journey to be a healthy, enriching and exciting one. How can we do that?  By educating and enlightening ourselves on ways to live our passions right now, and to be aware of how delicious life can be.

It’s all about taking great care of ourselves and the world around us. I’ll keep you up-to-date on the latest news on wellness, Multiple Sclerosis and other related illnesses.

We’ll talk about paying it forward through social good causes and the right of every animal to be treated with respect and dignity. And I’ll share with you my love of travel, classic film/ television, books and anything else that puts a smile on our faces.

So pull up a chair and let’s share life’s journey together. I’d love to hear what you have to say. Leave a comment below and let’s chat about the road we’re on. It’s a lot less bumpy when we travel together.


Cathy Chester is a graduate of Boston College with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Business and has completed The Alfus Patient Advocate Certificate Program at The University of Miami.

An Empowered Spirit was named Top Health Blog by Healthline and Top Multiple Sclerosis Blog by Healthline and WEGO Health.

Cathy was named one of the “Top 10 Social HealthMakers in Multiple Sclerosis” by Dr. Mehmet Oz’s platform, ShareCare.

Cathy is a regular contributor to PatientsLikeMe,, Multiple Sclerosis News Today and Mango Health

She is also the official blogger for the prestigious Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC) and the International Organization of Multiple Sclerosis Nurses (IOMSN).

Cathy’s work has appeared in numerous online publications including The Huffington Post, NARCOMS Now, Erma Bombeck’s Writers’ Workshop, Midlife Boulevard, BetterAfter50, The Friendship Blog, BlogHer and The Mighty.

Cathy has been profiled in The National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s MOMENTUM magazine, as well as NARCOMS, the premier global registry for Multiple Sclerosis research, treatment, and patient education.

Cathy received the Thumbs Up 2017 Award from the International Organization of Multiple Sclerosis Nurse (IOMSN) for being instrumental in advocating and promoting MS nursing.

She lives in New Jersey with her husband, son and two adorable cats.  She enjoys writing, reading, knitting, classic movies, music, theater, art, hiking, biking and paying it forward to others.

Cathy has lived with relapsing-remitting Multiple Sclerosis since 1986 and knows although she has MS, MS does not have her.  

34 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Lindsay Lane

    Cathy! What a beautiful blog and message. You are such an ispiration to me as an MS “newbie” and I look forward to reading your blog often. Keep up the amazing work you do for others. Love from Minneapolis!

    1. Cathy Chester Post author

      Thank you, Lindsay! I appreciate the wonderful sentiments and look forward to taking my life journey together with you. You are a magical girl! With love, Cathy

  2. Dawn

    Cathy, I am so proud of you and all that you do to help others. You truly are an inspiration and I’m glad to call you my friend. Dawn

    1. Cathy Chester Post author

      Thanks so very much, Dawn. My friends are my constant inspiration. I am proud to call you one of them and am equally proud we are taking this journey together. I hope you will subscribe to my blog so you won’t miss one step of it. Thanks for your lovely thoughts. Cheers, Cathy

    1. Cathy Chester Post author

      Thank you, Steve! I sincerely appreciate your sentiments.

      I love knitting because (1) it’s a great “DE-stresser” and (2) I love knitting blankets for charity. I donate them to Project Linus, a national organization that donates blankets to needy infants, children and teens. I feel great doing that!

  3. Deb

    Cathy, what a wonderful message on friendship!! I’m honored to be your friend and look forward to reading your next post! xo

    1. Cathy Chester Post author


      What a lovely thing to say! I thank you for leaving your comment and hope my post helps others in need. So much devastation and another call for us to pull together, once again, for each other.

      Best, Cathy

  4. Judi

    So glad you stopped by to see Love your blog too. Will add it to my blog roll. You have such a positive spirit.

    1. Cathy Chester Post author

      Thank you, Judi. A compliment from you means a great deal to me.

      I appreciate you adding me to your blog roll, and look forward to more conversations with you. I guess a blog is one long conversation, eh?

      Have a wonderful Monday.

  5. Lynn

    A friend posted your article re: how your laptop gave you back what your auto-immune illness took from you, on my facebook page. Just read it and had to write back. I also have auto -immune issues as well as two genetic based disorders that have made life more challenging. Recently this same friends brother gave me his old laptop. I had been using my desktop sparingly and relying more and more on my kindle but the laptop has
    really opened up a new world of opportunity.
    I have wanted one for years but could not afford
    one on my SS disability.
    Wouldn’t it be amazing if we could find a way to get laptops to all there chronically ill people out there that can’t afford them??
    So glad I found your blog thru the Huffington Post

    article! Thanks for the great post!

    it on jt disability income. Wouldnt it be grand if we could fingmd a way to help more people in our situation

    1. Cathy Chester Post author


      Thank you for your thoughtful comments.

      Yes, it would be wonderful for people to be able to have the technology that opens the world up to them. I know The National Multiple Sclerosis Society has a program where people donate old computers, a volunteer revamps them, and they are donated to those in need. Requests should be made directly to them. I bet there are other organizations that do the same. A little research may find that there ARE computers to be had!

      I am so glad you found my blog, and also that you left your comments.

      I wish you good health always, and a positive spirit as well.


  6. Kelly Connor

    Hi Cathy!
    You have such terrific energy! I have had MS for @10 years (not too many limitations) and I enjoy reading your blog!
    Found your site on LinkedIn, too-hopefully I will stay in contact through your website, too!
    Kelly Connor

  7. Michel

    You had me at: “She has lived with Multiple Sclerosis since 1987 and knows although she has MS, MS does not have her.”
    Great quote.
    Just stumbled upon your blog (via a post I saw about the musical score composer with MS). Now I’m hooked!

    1. Post author

      Thank you, Michel. What a wonderful thing to say! I am so glad you are “hooked”!

      Best to you~

  8. Nancy Starks

    Cathy, thank you for such an inspirational blog. I too have MS and have had it since 2004. Mine is the RRMS type and is an invisible case, for no one can tell I have it by just looking at me.
    Yes, MS not easy to live with and I have experienced many of the challenges you face: fatigue, numbness and perhaps even tingling at times. In addition, I also have issues with pain (cramps in left limbs), heat sensitivity, and even mild cognitive deficiencies.
    From what I read in your blogs, if you can live with MS and still live life to the fullest, so can I!

    1. Post author

      Yay, Nancy! Yes, the people in the MS community lift each other up, empowering us each to live the best quality of life we can within the abilities we have. Hooray for you and your positive spirit!

      Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts with me. Have a wonderful day~

  9. Johan

    Wow Cathy… What a website… I like it. 45 and 2 1/2 yrs. diagnosed with 2ndryPRRMS I now spend a lot of time sitting on my butt perusing the internet. I discovered my first favorite MS blog probably over a yr. ago. Since then I have discovered many more favorite MS blogs, yours is now among them. I studied Swank enthusiastically, reluctantly looked up Wahls, right now I’m craving a smoke. Horrible little f******… that play hell on my MS… but such is the journey I am on… Thank you for your energy and effort.


  10. Terri Webster Schrandt

    Hi Cathy, we are buds on MBA and I think I am subscribed to your blog. I have read several of your posts and have thoroughly enjoyed them! I know you are on my twitterfeed list…but I did not realize how credentialed you are. Your about me page is impressive. I know several friends battling MS. Keep up the awesome work and see all around the blogosphere 🙂
    Terri Webster Schrandt recently posted…Gridlines Frame Life’s PerspectivesMy Profile

    1. Post author


      I know who you are! I am overwhelmed by your lovely comments and I thank you for them. It was so wonderful to receive them, especially since they were unsolicited from my About page. Wow. Feels so good!

      I am glad we’ve connected and I look forward to getting to know you better. Give me a shout-out if any of the people you know with MS need any peer-related advice.

      Have a wonderful day, and thanks again~

    1. Post author

      Thank you for stopping by and leaving your kind words here, Abhishek. They are greatly appreciated and I hope you will continue to follow my journey and sharing your thoughts. Best to you always, Cathy Be well and stay in touch.

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