MS Activist, Maryland
Dr. Seth Morgan was a practicing neurologist, treating hundreds of people with multiple sclerosis (MS) throughout his twenty three year career when in 2004, he was diagnosed with MS. Having treated the disease for so long, he knew his path was unclear, but Seth refused to let MS lead him. Seth decided to use his medical expertise and now his personal story as an MS activist.
Seth’s learned that his medical background and living in the Maryland suburbs not far from Capitol Hill make him a good advocate to talk to elected officials about MS. At Maryland’s State Action Day and the Society's Public Policy Conference held in Washington, D.C., he has campaigned for funding for home care and support for family caregivers. Seth also volunteers for the Montgomery County Commission on People with Disabilities which advises the County government on the coordination and development of policies for people with disabilities. One of the committee’s projects “Respect the Space” allows police to identify and ticket cars with fake disabled parking tags. He points out that "people with disabilities, not just those with MS have access issues with wheelchairs and motorized chairs, and problems with parking spots.”
Seth looks forward to the day we have a cure for MS. He is clear about the reasons for his advocacy: “Frankly, it’s self-serving on one level,” he admits. “But if we don’t do it, who will? Who else will advocate for us and our families?”