My name is Nicole Lemelle. I am a writer, an activist, and a person living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). I created My New Normals to educate those who do not understand MS, reassure people with similar plights and inspire everyone to seize command of their lives.
I have earned a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from Louisiana State University, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, and a Cardiac Device Technology Certificate from the Arrhythmia Technologies Institute.
My education has allowed me to work as a chemist in Baton Rouge, LA, an ICU staff nurse in Las Vegas, NV, a cardiology charge nurse in New Orleans, LA, and a cardiac device specialist in Washington, DC.
As an MS advocate, I donate my time and support to the National MS Society. I am also a member of the Louisiana State Nurses Association (LSNA) and a Louisiana MS Society Government Relations Committee (GRC) Volunteer.
I have appeared in various outlets including:
-National Institutes of Health-MedlinePlus Magazine
-United Spinal Association-Life In Action Magazine
-National MS Society-Momentum Magazine
-MS Connection Newsletters
-New Orleans Times Picayune Newspaper
-Yahoo Finance (website)
-The National MS Society Blog (website)
-Real Health (website)
-Everyday Health (website)
-Black Health Matters (website)
-Shift MS (website)
-Multiple Sclerosis-Relief (website)
-Movement for Hope (website)
-The National Multiple Sclerosis Society (website)
-Multiple Sclerosis Resource Centre (website)
-Southcook MS Support Group (website)
-A World Free Of MS (website)
Guest Speaker & Consultant
-WEGO Health Socialpalooza Conference – Boston, MA
-Delta Airlines – Memphis, TN
-National Disability Institute – Webinar
-MS Support Group – Mandeville, LA
-MS Self-Help Group – Metairie, LA
-MS Support Group (Oshner Baptist Hospital) – New Orleans, LA
Television & Radio
-Fox News 8 New Orleans
-MS-My Story, A Collection of Inspirational Voices, by Liz Pearl
“Keep Moving Forward” by Nicole Lemelle (Contributing Author)
-Chronic Resilience: 10 Sanity-Saving Strategies for Women Coping with the Stress of Illness, by Danea Horn
Chapter 6: “Call in the Troops and Put Them Through Boot Camp” (Featured Interview)
-Top 10 Social HealthMakers on Multiple Sclerosis 2014- Sharecare.com
-The Best MS Blogs of 2013- Healthline.com
I am married to Tommy Lemelle and we reside in New Orleans, LA.
My New Normals (MNN)
My New Normals (MNN) is a personal blog and website that chronicles life experiences of people living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). MNN provides an outlet to family, friends, caregivers and anyone living with MS or any other debilitating disease. Our goals are to raise national awareness and educate the public about MS.
We want to generate conversation, promote advocacy, highlight resources and inspire hope.
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What is Multiple Sclerosis (MS)?
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) can affect people on an emotional, psychiatric, cognitive, sexual and physical level. More than 400,000 Americans (as well as about 2.5 million people worldwide) currently live with the often-devastating effects of the incurable, unpreventable autoimmune disease. MS affects the brain and spinal cord and, thus, the entire central nervous system. It is a potentially debilitating disease in which your body’s immune system eats away at the protective sheath that covers your nerves. This interferes with the communication between your brain and the rest of your body. Ultimately, this may result in deterioration of the nerves themselves, a process that’s not reversible.
Symptoms vary widely, depending on the amount of damage and which nerves are affected. People with severe cases of multiple sclerosis may lose the ability to walk or speak. Multiple sclerosis can be difficult to diagnose early in the course of the disease because symptoms often come and go — sometimes disappearing for months.