Multiple Sclerosis Society Experience Report

Linda’s daughter, Amy Brown, is the programs director for the MS Society in Tennessee. Amy gave her mother a copy of Courage, the biography of Sylvia Lawry, the founder of the MS Society, as a Christmas present in 2001. At that time, most of our patterns had been written and tested in workshops. As Linda read the book, she was gratified to see that Sylvia Lawry had been an unaware user of many of the patterns.

Sylvia Lawry’s story began more than five decades ago. On May 1, 1945, she placed the following ad in The New York Times [Just Do It, Ask for Help, Test the Waters]:

Multiple sclerosis. Will anyone recovered from it please communicate with patient.

Sylvia’s brother, Bernard, had been diagnosed ...

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