What do you do to get away and relax?

My idea of getting away and relaxing is having coffee and crocheting. When I’m crocheting the tremors just all go to the wayside. I don’t know why it is, but I’m just glad it is what it is! Through Project Linus, I make blankets for children who have had to have medical care and need extra comfort.

Thanks to her positive, uplifting outlook, Amy Roberts, who was diagnosed with MS in May 1994 at the age of 22, speaks to others about managing adversity and serves as an inspiration to those around her. For example, although her MS has given her trouble with short-term memory, she feels that one day the short-term memory will be in the past for so long that her long-term memory will pick it up and she’ll be able to remember it then! “There isn’t much I don’t laugh at” she says. “I guess laughter IS the best medicine. But I would have to say, always remember, “We have MS, MS doesn’t have us!”

How did your diagnosis change your life?

I was a gymnast in high school, and after graduation I went to college to become a radiologic technologist. I worked for five years, and then I was diagnosed with MS. My life came to a screeching halt. My plans were to work my whole life, stay active and just live a life as I had always seen, but MS had different plans for my life.

When you have an especially challenging day with MS, what are the things that help you the most?

Definitely talking to my husband. He always offers me encouraging words, plus he always puts things in a new perspective and we always say a prayer right after my “meltdowns” and every single morning!

What is your No. 1 piece of advice to anyone finding out he or she has MS?

Everyone who has MS has a different journey ahead of them, but I truly believe that you are the only one who can determine if your journey is going to be a positive one or a “woe is me” one!

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

I have been a patient there since they opened! They are very knowledgeable about what they do (doctors and nurses and staff), keep on top of new advances in MS treatment and I feel that they are like family.