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Family Ties Lead to MS Awareness and Action Laura Best began experiencing excessive tingling in her fingers in April 2013, which she assumed to be caused by stress or diet. However, as time went on, the tingling worsened and she started to develop chronic pain in her back. After a visit with her doctor, and several tests and appointments with a neurologist, she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in August 2013. As Best caps off one year since her diagnosis, she continues to view life from the same positive perspective she has since that day: “I think fighting MS is not only physical, but I firmly believe that the battle of this disease is attitude. If I’m going to live with MS, I’m going to be great at living the best quality of life I can.” Next spring, Best will join her husband, children, sister and extended family and friends to participate in Walk MS: San Antonio to get us all closer to a world free of MS. Heartfelt Inspiration

Amy Robbins has been a geography teacher at Winston Churchill High School in San Antonio for 16 years. In 2013, after reading a book titled Teach Like a Pirate, Robbins was inspired to use her personal connections and passions to create a unique, engaging project for her students. While searching

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for such a project, her sister, Laura Best, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. When Robbins first heard the news, she was in disbelief—she knew no one before Laura that was diagnosed with MS and knew nothing about the disease. Robbins, determined to find answers to the many questions she had, began to research the disease extensively. Robbins determination to learn

more about MS and love for her sister led to her to create a project for her students that would reach beyond her classroom walls and into the community.

Connecting the Dots

Through her research, Robbins learned that MS can be linked to geography. Therefore, the vision was born to create a project to educate

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Fall 2014 MSConnection: South Central edition  

Fall 2014 MSConnection, a quarterly magazine locally produced by the National MS Society for residents in the South Central states of Arkans...

Fall 2014 MSConnection: South Central edition  

Fall 2014 MSConnection, a quarterly magazine locally produced by the National MS Society for residents in the South Central states of Arkans...

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