After spending most of her life traveling the world working on the technical end of large scale concerts and conferences, Debra Robert was diagnosed with MS on Christmas Eve, 2014. Now unable to work in the field she’s loved, Debra is determined to live a quieter, more internal life with MS.
Debra writes, sharing observations, experiences and lessons learned from both independently exploring the globe and surviving/escaping a years long abusive relationship.
Weaving a bit of humor and personal observations into her articles while providing needed MS information and some plain old camaraderie, she hopes she can help others (and herself) lead a life of balance and joy with MS.
When not writing in her journals or reading historic fiction, Debra is an abstract artist. She enjoys evenings with her husband and exploring the East Coast Florida night sky through a good telescope and a trusty set of old binoculars.
Debra has a BA in Theatre Arts and a Masters in Film Producing/Production Management. She is excited to have become part of the NewLifeOutlook family and wishes to bring some comfort, humor and valued information to the MS community.
"What does MS pain feel like?" Debra explains what it's like to experience MS pain physically, emotionally and mentally.
Have you considered art therapy for MS treatment? Art therapy can help to relieve stress and can be a great complement to your existing treatment plan.
Debra talks about what it is like to live in a wheelchair with MS and how it doesn't change how she accomplishes whatever she puts her mind to.
"Avoid over-thinking or over-analyzing what is merely a good day. Give yourself permission to enjoy it." Debra talks about appreciating MS on a good day.
This past September was the first hurricane Debra experienced as an MS’er. She provides her tips on how to cope with MS in emergency situations.
There are four different types of MS, which vary in terms of how severe symptoms are, how often the patient has flare-ups and how the disease progresses.
Many people turn to alcohol to help them cope with MS, but MS and alcohol is not a good combination. Even one or two drinks can make your MS symptoms worse.
Is multiple sclerosis fatal? No one can escape death, but for those with MS, we have inescapable factors that may determine how our lives might end.
"My focus is on what I have now, in lieu of what I don’t have. This is my time and I — and only I — decide how to feel about it."
"I know we can live lives with perhaps an even deeper meaning and more purpose than ever before," Debra writes on finding purpose in life with MS.