What do you do to get away and relax?

I am an avid traveler! I love to travel internationally and my favorite destination thus far is Istanbul, Turkey. My bucket list destination is Vietnam, and I hope to make that a reality soon.

Consider yourself lucky if you ever get the opportunity to meet Kristin Bell. In less than a minute, it will be evident that she is a force to be reckoned with; strong, energetic, intelligent, vivacious, and so full of life that it is contagious. Kristin is 41 years old. Her career as an industrial engineer keeps her busy and challenged, and she’ll tell you that she loves keeping a full social calendar, as well as staying active by regularly attending classes at Orange Theory. What she won’t readily tell you is that she has MS. “I don’t think about my disease because it’s not a key part of who I am, so I don’t feel that it’s important to focus on it. MS doesn’t define me,” said Kristin. Instead, it’s that positive outlook that most accurately portrays her personality and character.

Diagnosed six years ago, Kristin feels extremely fortunate to be one of the small percentage of MS patients with no physical symptoms. Not every day is a breeze, but she knows her own physical limits and has learned to manage her activities and environment accordingly to avoid flare-ups. Although she is acutely aware that her condition may change, she remains positive and optimistic that her current treatment of infusions once per month will continue to keep her symptom-free.

What is your key to living successfully with MS?

My attitude is key. Even though I know that my condition may decline, I don’t dwell on that. I’m living my life to the absolute fullest. I can still work, so I do. I can still workout, so I do. I have a wonderful social life, so I take advantage of every opportunity to go out and be with friends. I hardly think about my disease. I am also religious about regular doctors appointments and adhering to my medication protocol. Staying on top of the management of the disease is critical.

What do you think is special and unique about the MS Center of Atlanta?

The MS Center of Atlanta is world-class, and I’m so lucky that it’s right here in my backyard. I love that the Infusion Center is adjacent to MSCA, so I am able to maximize my time and limit the number of separate appointments. Everything is integrated into one place. I also love that everyone at MSCA is an MS specialist. From the nursing staff to the pharmacists to the physicians, everyone is alert to the specific needs of MS patients. Lastly, I must also mention that Dr. English has been invaluable to me since my diagnosis. Patients from all over the country fly to Atlanta just to see him because of his vast knowledge and expertise. I know that I’m getting extraordinary care.

What do you do to take care of yourself physically, mentally and emotionally?

As a woman of faith, daily prayer is most essential for my well-being in every aspect of my life. Regular exercise keeps me physically active, and a positive mindset keeps my perspective in check.

What are your hobbies?

I love to read, workout, travel, and spend time with friends.