Category Archives: Can Do MS Interviews

Dr. Scott Newsome’s Story: The Road From Caregiver to MS Provider and Researcher – Part 2



Dr. Scott Newsome’s Story: The Road From Caregiver to MS Provider and Researcher – Part 2 – Episode 97 – Transcript

Join us for the second part of our conversation with Dr. Scott Newsome. On this episode, Dr. Newsome will be back to talk about how his role as an MS caregiver has impacted his career today as an MS specialist. We’ll also learn more about what Dr. Newsome has been focusing on and his exciting current research.

As promised, learn more about the current clinical trial that Dr. Newsome is working on, the TREAT-MS Clinical Trial for Multiple Sclerosis Patients.The TRaditional versus Early Aggressive Therapy for Multiple Sclerosis (TREAT-MS) Trial will help inform patients and the broader healthcare community on whether patients would most benefit from early, possibly more risky aggressive therapy or if starting with a less aggressive (and, often, less risky) therapy, followed by a switch if breakthrough disease activity occurs, is warranted. In addition, this study will help identify if there is a specific patient population or short-term biomarker(s) that is strongly predictive of long-term disability that can result from MS. For a deeper dive, view the Neurology Live video: Peers and Perspectives: The Induction vs. Escalation Approach to MS and the TREAT-MS Trial or you can also email TREAT-MS at treatms@jhmi.edu.


Dr. Scott Newsome’s Story: The Road From Caregiver to MS Provider and Researcher – Part 1



Dr. Scott Newsome’s Story: The Road From Caregiver to MS Provider and Researcher – Part 1 – Episode 92 – Transcript

Join us for this two-part conversation with Dr. Scott Newsome on his journey from being a MS caregiver to becoming a MS provider and researcher. In today’s episode, we’ll hear from Dr. Newsome about his experiences as an MS caregiver and support partner to his mother, who had multiple sclerosis during Dr. Newsome’s childhood and formative years. Dr. Newsome will share what it was like to have a parent with MS and the ultimate impact that the caregiver role had for him and his future.

Caregivers also experience MS, clearly differently than the person who carries the diagnosis but experiencing the diagnosis and their own issues, nonetheless. Caregivers can experience significant stress, lack of knowledge, fatigue, role change, role confusion, and even guilt. While they want to be the best support they can be, they do not have a roadmap or guide that tells them what to do. The role of the caregiver is often underrecognized and under-supported. MS is a “we” disease not a “me” disease. Learn more about support partner resources and upcoming programming.


Can Do Month: Learning the Legacy of Jimmie Heuga with Blaze Heuga and Tyler Hamilton



Can Do Month: Learning the Legacy of Jimmie Heuga with Blaze Heuga and Tyler Hamilton – Episode 86 – Transcript

Throughout September, we celebrate Can Do Month in honor of our founder and Olympic ski medalist, Jimmie Heuga. For this episode of the Can Do MS Podcast, host Mandy Rohrig welcomes guests Blaze Heuga and Tyler Hamilton to share their memories and the impact that Jimmie Heuga’s legacy has had on them and continues to have around the world through the work and impact of Can Do MS.


Vitamin D and Other Supplements: What You Need To Know



Vitamin D and Other Supplements: What You Need To Know – Episode 81 – Transcript

Dr. Ilana Katz Sand is back to share her expertise with us on another episode of the Can Do MS Podcast. This time the conversation will focus on vitamin D and other supplements. What should you know when it comes to vitamin D and MS? Does vitamin D play a role in disease course? What is the best way to get your vitamin D? What should be considered when it comes to other supplements? Listen to this episode to learn the answer to these questions and more!


Gut Microbiome and MS



The Gut Microbiome and MS – Episode 76 – Transcript

In this episode, join Dr. Rosalind Kalb as she interviews Dr. Ilana Katz Sand, an MS specialist and neurologist, at Mount Sainai Hospital. She is a researcher whose interests range from the mechanisms of neuronal degeneration in progressive MS, the role diet in MS, the role of the gut microbiome in MS, and other autoimmune diseases. In this episode, Dr. Katz Sand will share her knowledge on how the gut microbiome interacts with the rest of the body. We’ll learn about gut health and the implications it can have on MS and disease course.


Finding Adventure and Healing with First Descents MS Programs



Finding Adventure and Healing with First Descents MS Programs – Episode 70 – Transcript

Have you ever noticed how it feels to breathe in the fresh air when you step outside? Or how your soul is ignited by an adrenaline rush? The great outdoors offer serene escapes and exciting adventures that can bring healing to the mind, body, and spirit. In episode #70 , learn about First Descents, an amazing nonprofit and partner of Can Do MS that delivers outdoor adventure programs to young adults with MS and other illnesses. Our guests are First Descents Vice President of Programs Mackenzie McGrath and program participant Tiffany-Ashton Gatsby. Hear their inspiring stories and learn how experiences like white-water kayaking can bring about the peer support, empowerment, and self-discovery that truly leads to healing.

Learn more about First Descents:

MS Programs: Check out their 2022 MS Programs, and stay tuned for even more MS Programs in 2023!

Programs Application: Submit a Programs Application today to receive updates on upcoming programs and sign up for an adventure when the time is right!

Contact First Descents: Email programs@firstdescents.org to learn more!


Can Do Month: Interview with Mitchell Bodnar



Can Do Month: Interview with Mitchell Bodnar – Episode 39 – Transcript

Reminiscing on Jimmie Heuga’s can do spirit, Mitchell Bodnar shares how he thrives with multiple sclerosis and focuses on all that is possible in celebration of Can Do Month. Special thanks to our Can Do Month sponsors: Bristol Myers Squibb, Sanofi Genzyme, and Genentech.


Can Do MS Interviews Art Alexakis



Can Do MS Interviews Art Alexakis – Episode 27 – Transcription

Art Alexakis (frontman for the rock band Everclear) joins the Can Do MS podcast to discuss his new music video “The Hot Water Test.” The music video features MS warriors of varying ages, genders, ethnicities, and backgrounds, coming together to sing the emotional lyrics that recount the day Art was personally diagnosed with the disease.

Check out the music video here!


Can Do MS Interviews Jack Osbourne



Can Do MS Interviews Jack Osbourne – Episode 7 – Transcript

Recently, Can Do MS had the chance to chat with reality star and television personality, Jack Osbourne. Jack is 33 years-old, father of three, and has been living with MS for 5 years. After his diagnosis, Jack partnered with Teva Neuroscience to create the web series You Don’t Know Jack About MS.