MS Activists, Oklahoma
Living in a rural community in Oklahoma, Sallie says sometimes she and her husband Jeff can feel removed from the process of government and feel voiceless. MS activism is a way for Sallie to take that power back. Sallie was diagnosed with MS in 2011 and since, Jeff and she have visited both their state capitol and federal lawmakers on Capitol Hill. She finds meetings with elected officials exciting and empowering. During the meetings, Sallie says “we just tell our story.” For instance, they talked to state legislators about a bill that addressed prescription drug pricing in insurance contracts and just last spring, that Oklahoma bill was signed into law. Sallie knows that her voice was heard and says it was an honor to be a part of that change.
While they realize not every meeting will lead to a new law, Sallie and Jeff see the value in every bit of progress. They urge everyone affected by MS to become an activist because “we all have a role.”