Name: Nancy Jones
Diagnosed: Friday, Oct. 13, 1989
Occupation: Marketing and public relations
Hobbies: Creative writing and anything associated with the arts.
What movement means to me: Maintaining an energetic life.
One thing I’ve learned about MS that I want to tell you: There are some shoes you can’t wear anymore. I miss flips flops and high heels. But we all should wear sensible shoes anyway.
What I’ve done to Join the Movement: Six people on my block growing up had MS, so I was involved in fundraisers for many years before my diagnosis. A bar owned by a friend had spaghetti dinners and fun runs for the Society. Last year, Above the 37th Parallel, my one-woman play, received two performances, raising $20,000 for research. More performances are planned.
The funniest thing I ever did at work: I created a family card game called Beat the Bug. There were two bugs in the deck, and if one turned up, everybody got infected. To beat the bug you had to collect all five healthy habits: nutrition, exercise, hygiene, sleep and self-esteem.
What I’m doing: A friend and I have been meeting a lot of active, mobile people who ride in Bike MS events but don’t know anybody with MS, so we’re starting a new tradition: Take a Biker to Lunch.