Lisa Emrich is a professional musician who happens to live with multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis while keeping a close eye on the monster which is depression. She says, "I did nothing to cause my chronic illnesses but seek to live well in spite of them."
In 2007, Ms. Emrich began blogging at Brass and Ivory, focusing primarily on health policy issues and big pharma. By December she decided to start talking about multiple sclerosis and its effect on daily life. Subsequently, a thriving community of MS Bloggers was cultivated who collaborate on the bi-weekly Carnival of MS Bloggers. Ms. Emrich believes that by sharing information and discussing ideas, experiences and opinions, we can nurture and support each other on this journey together. With knowledge and support comes empowerment in the face of the unknown.
Ms. Emrich has a B.M.E. in Music Education from the University of Oklahoma, a M.M. in Music Performance from Baylor University and is a doctoral candidate in Music Literature and Brass Pedagogy at Indiana University. She lives in the Washington, D.C. area and teaches out of her home music studio.
Her posts appear on My RA Central, My Obesity Connection and Multiple Sclerosis Central. In addition to her blog, Brass and Ivory, Ms. Emrich vlogged for the unbranded website "How I Fight MS" (no longer online) which was sponsored by EMD Serono.