Name: Kristie Salerno Kent
Diagnosed: Officially, in November 1999. I had suspicions in college, though. I started to have issues in dance classes with balance and weakness in my legs. I felt clumsy—but I’d been dancing since I was really young, so it threw me for a loop.
Occupation: Singer, songwriter, and I have a production company.
Hobbies: My hobbies are my work. I also love to read, write in a journal and cook. I love to travel, but sometimes it takes a lot out of me.
What movement means to me: Forward progression. I know the word “progression,” in an MS context, has negative connotations, but to me movement means going forward in a positive direction.
One thing I’ve learned about MS that I want to tell you: What you see on the outside is not necessarily what you have going on on the inside.
What I’ve done to Join the Movement: I wrote, directed and starred in The Show Must Go On, a short that was screened at the Society’s 2007 national conference. In 2006 I created a live, one-woman show called Believe, which combined MS education with songs and entertainment. I’m an MSLifeLines Ambassador, which makes the disease-modifying drug I take.
One of many reasons my toy poodle Barnaby is an inspiration: He unwraps Hershey’s Kisses and Power Bars and eats them. He’s inspiring for people who have numbness in their hands, because I don’t know how he unwraps them.
What I’m doing: Trying to get a snippet of The Show Must Go On on the TV news.