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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) Member.

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My Story

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Diagnosis (Part 1)

 

Hazy View (Part 2)

 

Pitch-Dark (Part 3)

 

A Life Changing Meal (Part 4)

 

A New Beginning (Part 5)

 

Remember Me? It’s MS (Part 6)

 

Good Morning Sunshine (Part 7)

 

Rehab (Part 8)

 

Going Home (Part 9)

 

Constant Search (Part 10)

 

I’m Ready (Part 11)

 

Coping (Part 12)

 

MadeStrong

I have appeared in various outlets including:

Profiles and Features

-Yahoo! Finance
My New Normals was featured on the Sharecare Top 10 Social HealthMakers on MS

-Healthline
Feature article on Healthline.com written by Nicole as part of a series of first person essays that explore what it’s like to live with various conditions and diseases

-New Orleans Times Picayune
Jane Pic Adams wrote a profile of Nicole, which was published in the New Orleans Times Picayune

-Everyday Health
Beth W. Orenstein wrote a profile of Nicole on the website Everyday Health

-The National MS Society
A profile of Nicole is featured on The National MS Society website

Print
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
Multiple Sclerosis Quality of Life Project (MSQLP) Newsletter

Web
The Mighty (website)
#50MillionFaces Campaign
Yahoo Finance (website)
The National MS Society Blog (website)
MultipleSclerosis.net (website)
Real Health (website)
Healthline (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)
msstation (website)
Southcook MS Support Group (website)
MS-UK (website)
A World Free Of MS (website)
(Local 10) WPLG News – Miami, FL (website)

Guest Speaker & Consultant
Novartis MS Blogger Summit – Chicago, IL
EMD Serono/Pfizer Blogger Summit – Boston, MA
MS Blogger Novartis Advisory Board – Morristown, NJ
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
Working Mother Research Institute | Women and MS: The Working Mother Report – Webinar

Television & Radio
Fox News 8 New Orleans
WPLG News – Miami, FL

Books
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)

Awards
The Best Multiple Sclerosis Blogs of 2015- Healthline.com
The Best Multiple Sclerosis Blogs of 2014- Healthline.com
Top 10 Social HealthMakers on Multiple Sclerosis 2014- Sharecare.com
Volunteer Leader in the Movement March 2014- National MS Society – South Central
TOP BLOGGER APRIL 2014- MSstation™ Bloggers & Poets
The Best MS Blogs of 2013- Healthline.com

I am married to Tommy Lemelle and we reside in New Orleans, LA.

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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 families, 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.

To Follow Nicole and My New Normals:

Twitter: @nclark140

Facebook: My New Normals

Web: www.mynewnormals.com

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.

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