Ruby Klein was diagnosed with MS in her early 20s. Her journey to that diagnosis will be familiar to anyone who has experience with multiple sclerosis in that it was anything but straightforward. Ruby shared her experiences of being misdiagnosed and not believed by her health care providers. She told us how her family played a crucial role in helping her find a sustainable lifestyle and why it is paramount to advocate for yourself when it comes to your health. If you’d like to learn more about early symptoms of MS, check out this additional resource.
Heather Johnson is a Brooklyn-based actor who was diagnosed with MS after a scary experience while visiting Columbia. MS is an autoimmune disease that damages the tissue around the brain and spinal cord, which is called myelin. In layman’s terms, when someone has MS their immune system starts to attack their own tissues. Following a headache and temporary loss of vision in her right eye, Johnson got several MRIs in order to find out what caused it. She was met with a diagnosis she wasn’t equipped to fully comprehend. Johnson describes multiple sclerosis as a hidden disease, and she shared with us routines and habits that help her manage this chronic condition. If you’d like to learn more about early symptoms of MS, check out this additional resource.
MS STRONG | 'MY MS STORY'
Client . Novartis
Production Company . Northbound NYC
Director . Chris Hawthorne
Producer . Miriam Naggar
Production Designer . Steven Killian
Set Dresser . Tommy Mitchell
First Assistant Camera . Sunnie Kim
Second Assistant Camera . Maisie Gibb
Sound Operator . Kip Sturm
Gaffer . Seth Margolies
Key Grip . Evan Wood
H/MU Stylist . Tiffanylee Adorno
PM / Covid-19 Deputy . Maya Seidler
Production Assistant . Christian Eatman
Production Assistant . Dru Williams
Executive Producer, Video . Whitney Buxton
Production Manager . Kelsey Osborne Dimitruk
Executive Creative Director Video . Lauren Sofair