Julie is the author of the Multiple Sclerosis Manifesto, the winner of the 2009 ForeWord Book of the Year Award in the Health Category. She is an epidemiologist who is also a person living with MS, Julie Stachowiak, PhD has an in-depth understanding about current research and scientific developments around MS. She also has first-hand knowledge of the frustrations and anxiety surrounding the disease, as she had MS for at least 15 years before receiving a diagnosis in 2003 and has had several relapses since her diagnosis.
Dr. Stachowiak has a long history of working on the grassroots public health level, having founded an international non-profit organization and serving on the Boards of Directors of several others. She held a faculty position at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in the Department of Epidemiology. Since being diagnosed with MS, Dr. Stachowiak has spent time learning about the disease and investigating different approaches to treatment and symptom management. She currently works as a freelance writer and consultant.
Dr. Stachowiak holds a PhD in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University. She also has a Master of Public Health (Maternal and Child Health) and a Master of International Affairs (Human Rights) from Columbia University. Her undergraduate degree is a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design, which has given her skills in communicating abstract or difficult ideas so that they can be understood by a wide range of people.
Even before my diagnosis and since finding out that I had MS, I have spent many anxiety-filled hours looking for information about the symptoms I was experiencing, what might be causing them and what was going to happen to me. I usually ended up more confused and scared than when I started looking. It is my goal to help people find answers to their questions and to understand that there is much more to life than MS. If you have MS, I want you to have whole days where you are so comfortable with your level of knowledge about MS that you do not even think once about your disease.