Cathy Chester | An Empowered Spirit

I’m Back From My Writing Break And I Can’t Wait To Tell You…

I’m back from my writing break and excited to share what I’ve been up to. I can’t wait to tell you about our vacation in the picturesque Finger Lakes region of New York, and then my travels to Indianapolis for the annual meeting of the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC). In between I also tried some new products that I know will be of interest to my disability and midlife readers. 


I thought the best way to begin my journey back would be to give you a brief synopsis of why I went to Indianapolis, because by now you’re probably asking yourself, “What is CMSC? Why did she go?”

I was more than thrilled when June Halper, CEO of CMSC, asked me to be CMSC’s first blogger! I was excited at the prospect of being part of the press corps on behalf of CMSC. As a patient I was happy to have a unique opportunity to speak with so many dedicated medical professionals who are my rock stars. In my work I read about them every day.

What is CMSC? There isn’t a simple answer to this because the mission, goals and activities of this pre-eminent MS organization would fill an entire blog post. And then some. So let me start by handing the reins over to the CMSC website to explain their history. Then you’ll have a general idea of who they are and why they are so important to the MS community:


That is the (very) short answer of who they are. Over the next few weeks I’ll be writing separate posts about the different talks and experiences I had in Indianapolis. Get ready to be fascinated.

I heard content that included the relationship between cannibis and cognitive dysfunction, approaches to psychotherapy, cognitive rehabilitation, dance therapy and robotics. There is something of interest for everyone.

In between these posts I’ll  be writing about other topics that I mentioned above. I can’t wait to tell you all about it!

It’s good to be back in the saddle again. My fingers missed typing on a keyboard, and I missed interacting with you. So here we go! Thanks for waiting for me.







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50 thoughts on “I’m Back From My Writing Break And I Can’t Wait To Tell You…

  1. Helene Cohen Bludman

    Really looking forward to hearing about your experiences, Cathy! It sounds like you have enough content to last through the summer!

  2. Joan Stommen

    Welcome back, Cathy! Loved your photos of you looking happy and healthy in the Finger Lakes region! Congrats on working/representing this important group….right in the front lines of medical discovery! I hope you’ve recovered from tnose pesky stones and are healing well….you sound chipper and delighted to be back in blogland!

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      Ah, Joan, you are a sweetheart! Thanks for the comments on my photos and my work, and I hope you’ll find what I have to say interesting and also fun!

      Unfortunately I got rid of the stones on one side, but there are still some left on the other side. I’m going back for a second round of “blasting” this Friday and hopefully they’ll be able to pass pain-free!

  3. Sheryl

    Good to see you back, Cathy. You’ve been doing some fun and fascinating things – I’m sure that gave you the perfect combination of relaxation and inspiration!

  4. Joan Kottler

    you are quite the inspiration Cathy and clearly a roll model for so many.
    I hope the “blast” leaves you feeling so much better.
    Your openess and willingness to share your life with all of the ups and downs is a gift. ♡
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    Happy to hear your trip was inspiring! For eight years after I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I attended to top breast cancer research forum, meeting the researchers and learning so much about breast cancer, so I can identify. Can’t wait to hear more!

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      Who knows where life will lead us, Mithra? We have to be open to possibilities.

      To answer your question – no! I never thought any of this would happen. I just knew I had to write, and try to pay it forward at the same time. As Katharine Hepburn always said, life IS delicious!

  6. Jennifer

    Welcome back! It sounds like a great rest for you. Congrats on being chosen as the first blogger for CMSC!
    I’m anxious to read all you learned. Really looking forward to the cannibus/cognitive dysfunction connection. I’ve always believed there was one, and have the sad family member to prove it.
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      I’m going to reach out to the doctor who gave that presentation for an online interview. It was a fascinating discussion and I hope you like the “report”! You know how I feel about your family member. I am here for you if you ever need a good ear.

  7. Laura

    Cathy, I can’t wait to read about the new therapies and possible treatments you have learned about. I have a couple of new people I’m working with who have MS and one woman in particular has worsening cognition.
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      Sure, and how wonderful about working with them, Laura. I may be slow about churning the posts out because I (1) taped them and (2) need to reach out to the doctors, and don’t know how quickly they’ll get back to me. But I’ll try my best.

      Please let me know if I can be of any help….always.

  8. Beth Havey

    It’s so important to keep up with research and to know every detail of what is happening in the MS community. Hope you are feeling well. Thanks for all that you do, Beth

  9. Nancy Hill (@Nerthus)

    I enjoy what you write because you are a good writer, but also because living with depression shares some similarity to living with MS and other neuro-related or impacted diseases and this is one of the auto-immune and neuro diseases my husband’s research relates to. Can’t wait to read about what you learned.
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      Yes, and depression can be a big part of MS and other, as you say, neuro-related or impacted diseases. So I hope you continue to find what I have to offer of interest. Thank you for your kind and interesting comments, Nancy.

  10. Doreen McGettigan

    I am so happy you are finally back and I love your news!
    Cannot wait to read about where you have been.

  11. Janie Emaus

    First off, welcome back! And congratulations on being their first blogger. My best friend’s mother and aunt (sisters) both had MS. I’m going to be eager to hear all your info.

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      I’m hearing more and more how family members have MS. When I was diagnosed you didn’t hear it as much, Janie. I’m sorry that both sisters have MS and hope they are faring well. I hope you find useful information in what I write about in the following weeks.

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