By Janice Dean | Fox News – It’s the headline that is making all of us who live with or love someone with my disease pay attention.
There are many more of us out there than has ever been reported.
Four years ago, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society decided to do a study of MS prevalence in the U.S. The number of people with the disease that the society had been citing – 400,000 – seemed way too low to people in the MS community.
So the society got together some very smart folks – neurologists, epidemiologists, statisticians – and they came up with an algorithm and used it to search through 125 million medical records.
The results show there are actually more than twice as many people in the U.S. living with MS as previously estimated – nearly 1 million.
For me, this study is personal. In 2005 I was diagnosed with MS and over the past 13 years, I have met hundreds of people who also live with this disease. Almost every single person I know tells me they have a loved one or a friend who has it too.
My first major flare-up happened in 2005. I literally woke up one morning and could not get out of bed. I had numbness and tingling in my feet and thighs. I was so exhausted – it was difficult for me to even move.
The first doctor I saw told me my symptoms could be anything from a slipped disc to multiple sclerosis. She told me I needed to see a neurologist and get an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan. Neurologists use MRI scans for examining the brain and spinal cord.
My MRI showed lesions on my brain and spine. I also had a spinal tap done. That showed I had proteins in my spinal fluid that further confirmed my diagnosis.
I felt alone at the time. But I don’t feel that way anymore … Read more.
|Born||May 9, 1970Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Occupation||Host and meteorologist for the Fox News Channel|
|Website||Bio on FOXNews.com|
Janice Dean is a Canadian meteorologist, TV host, and author. She currently appears on the Fox News Channel where she serves as co-host and weather anchor on Fox and Friends weekday mornings.
Before beginning work for Fox News, Dean worked at several radio and television stations in Canada and the United States, including CHEZ-FM, and WCBS-TV.
Before starting her career in broadcasting she was a Canadian By-Law Enforcement officer.
In 2009, Dean was awarded the American Meteorological Society Seal of Approval.
During her stint on Fox, Dean also became an author, writing a series of “Freddy Frogcaster” children’s books
Her book, Mostly Sunny: How I Learned to Keep Smiling Through the Rainiest Days, was released on March 5, 2019.
Dean was born in Toronto, Ontario and grew up in Ottawa. She was married in 2007 to Sean Newman of the New York City Fire Department. They have two sons, Matthew, born in 2009 and Theodore, born in 2011.
In 2005, Janice Dean was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, a chronic autoimmune disease that attacks the protective outer sheaths of the nerves.
In January 2018 Dean grabbed some attention after a viewer complained that her legs were “distracting.” Dean gained accolades in her powerful response when she said:
“I’m sorry if you don’t like my legs. I’m grateful I have them to walk with. You’re right. I don’t look like the typical person on TV, and I’m proud to be a size 10. Imagine that! You can always turn the channel if you’re offended by my huge legs.”