Living with an autoimmune disease can be daunting. It is reported that around 250,000 to 350,000 people in the United States have been diagnosed with MS (Multiple Sclerosis). According to Peter Riskind, M.D., PH.D in The Harvard Mahoney Neuroscience Institute Letter, MS is most often found in young men and women ages 20-40, although the disease disproportionately affects women with a ratio of 2:1 to men. The symptoms of MS in women are not, however, more severe than those found in men, which leads researchers to believe that there are unknown factors that attribute to women being more likely to acquire MS.
One woman found proactive inspiration through her diagnosis of RRMS – relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis.
Marielle Kehoe was diagnosed with MS in 2008 after experiencing persistent twitching of the eyes. “I was experiencing twitching in my eyes and everyone said it was stress related or an allergic reaction. It continued for several days. I went to the emergency room after 5 days and was then sent to a neurologist who did an MRI scan to confirm.”
Living with RRMS inspired Marielle to start Live Well with Marielle, a personal nutrition consulting business dedicated to helping individuals achieve heath and wellness. Marielle claims, “Nutrition is an essential part of being healthy and I wanted to become healthy for my future and to help others achieve health. Health is wealth! I help any and all individuals with autoimmune diseases and health concerns one might have. I specialize in MS since it’s a personal issue. I also want to help those with the disease (MS) have a healthier lifestyle.”
The work shows – Marielle’s MS is “almost non-existent”. Although achieving an asymptomatic lifestyle was not easy for Marielle, she recommends these three basic health-based actions for women living with MS: “1) Eat a plant based diet with no processed food as often as you can, 2) Try to reduce stress in your life, and 3) Exercise. Find something you enjoy doing.”
Ultimately, Marielle claims that her RRMS diagnosis has changed her life for the better. “It made me wake up about what I was doing to my body and examine the kind of stressed out life I was leading. I now take better care of myself in every way.”
Marielle Kehoe offers her services through Live Well with Marielle, where one can choose from a variety of sessions offered at different levels of competitive pricing, dependent on individual or group counseling. Individual sessions are twice a month for 6 months at $200 a month. Group counseling is offered once a week for 3 months for $300, total. Initial consultation is free. Prices may vary over time and per person.