When Jeffrey was diagnosed with MS in January, 1996, he was a successful partner in a law firm. He and his wife Terri, a kindergarten teacher in Milwaukee Public Schools, were enjoying their two year old daughter, Lauren, and expecting their second daughter, Meredith, to arrive that summer. Jeffrey's life was full: By day he worked hard in the courtroom; by night he spent time with his family, practiced amateur speed skating, and taught law as an adjunct professor at Marquette University. There was no time for MS.
Jeffrey began to experience episodes of mental blankness. He would lose his presence of thought, leaving him unable to recall what he had just said and not knowing what to say next. A jarring and frightening experience for anyone! These episodes became so frequent that Jeffrey eventually retired from his position at the law firm.
He soon discovered that he was not alone; as one-half of all people with MS experience similar cognitive issues. He found that these symptoms are often not touched upon at the time of diagnosis, leaving patients at a loss to understand and manage their symptoms of confusion, forgetfulness, and inability to concentrate. Jeffrey decided he would break the silence and talk about the "elephant" in the room. In his books, Facing the Cognitive Challenges of Multiple Sclerosis, 2nd Edition and Mental Sharpening Stones: Manage the Cognitive Challenges of Multiple Sclerosis, Jeffrey tackles the sometimes painful issue of cognitive struggles for people with MS, from the patient's perspective.
Jeffrey is also an outspoken volunteer advocate regarding cognitive disability and MS. His efforts, on behalf of the National MS Society, Wisconsin Chapter, have helped to secure funding for an MS early diagnosis program for indigent women in Wisconsin, as well as an income tax check-off for voluntary giving to fund MS programs and services.
He has been a guest on The Montel Williams Show, NPR, numerous webcasts and national television and talk radio shows. Jeffrey was inducted into the 2010 and 2012 National MS Society Hall of Fame, and has spoken and been interviewed world-wide regarding the MS cognition topic. He authored numerous articles for U.S and international publications, and in 2014 his first MS book was translated into Polish and in 2015 his second MS book was translated into Dutch. All of Jeffrey's royalties from his MS books are directly donated to the Society.
In 2017, Jeffrey's MS Walk team [Team SUMMIT] well surpassed the cumulative total of raising $100,000.00 for the National MS Society.
Jeffrey continues to enjoy ice speedskating and spending family time with his wife, Terri, two adorable daughters, Lauren and Meredith.