An estimated 2.3 million individuals are living with multiple sclerosis (MS) worldwide. This unpredictable disease of the central nervous system disrupts the flow of information within the brain and between the brain and body. On Tuesday, September 27 beginning at 6:15 p.m., Andrea Wildenthal Hanson, a master certified life coach, will share her personal experience including her empowering approach to living with the disease during an evening lecture at the Center for BrainHealth. UT Dallas associate professor and Meadows Foundation Chair, Bart Rypma, Ph.D., will also discuss his latest research on how multiple sclerosis affects the brain at the event. 

Hanson was diagnosed with MS 16 years ago and understands the reality of living with the chronic illness including the first-hand benefits of focusing on one’s health. 

“More than anything in the world, I care about helping the people I work with realize they don’t have to be afraid of, worried about, or be in a constant battle with their body,” said Hanson.

Dr. Rypma, whose research has found that MS spurs fundamental changes in brain function, was recently awarded more than $490,000 from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society to further investigate how changes in brain blood flow impact cognition for individuals with MS. 

“Still, very little is known about what changes occur in the brain that cause cognitive slowing in MS,” said Rypma. “Using fMRI to examine brain blood flow, we hope to pinpoint the brain systems responsible.”

In addition to sharing her personal account of MS, Hanson will be available to sign her book Live Your Life, Not Your Diagnosis: How to Manage Stress and Live Well with Multiple Sclerosis before and after the lecture.

The lecture will take place at the Center for BrainHealth located at 2200 West Mockingbird Lane in Dallas.  

To register for the free event, contact Peyton Blackwell by phone at 972.883.3258 or by email at peyton.blackwell@utdallas.edu.