Name: Beverly Overton
Diagnosed: March 2000. I would say I’d had MS for 15 years. People would tell me that black people don’t get MS, people on the West Coast don’t get MS—so I was actually kind of glad to get a diagnosis.
Occupation: Former secretary. I stopped working in ’98.
Hobbies: I love music, movies, sudoku. I’m going to go to a handicapped-accessible horseback riding place.
What movement means to me: When you have MS, you’ve got to keep moving, not only because it’s good for your body, but to keep on living. Don’t act like your life is over.
One thing I’ve learned about MS that I want to tell you: MS makes you appreciate life more. It makes you not harp on little things.
What I’ve done to Join the Movement: I go to Walk MS every year, I’m a peer counselor, I’m on the advisory committee of the MS Achievement Center at UCLA, and I visit my friend in the hospital all the time.
My favorite band: The Crew. I have a friend with MS, and her husband is the saxophonist. They’re available for events!
What I’m doing: Getting donations for our Walk MS event.