RONDA GIANGRECO AND CARRIE SAMMARCO RAISING AWARENESS ABOUT A NEW COMMUNITY-DRIVEN RESOURCE
HOW A ONE-YEAR COOKING CHALLENGE HELPED AN AVOWED FOODIE IN HER FIGHT AGAINST MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS (MS)
An Experience That Can Help Others
Life with MS is Unpredictable, but Author and Cook Ronda Giangreco Tackled her Diagnosis Head-on, One Weekly Feast at a Time; Now She’s Raising Awareness about a New Community-Driven Resource to Help People with MS Better Manage the Unpredictability of the Disease
Author, cook and motivational speaker Ronda Giangreco was healthy, vibrant and just back from her latest adventure at a cooking school in Italy when she was unexpectedly diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS). A sudden onset of MS would be difficult for anyone to accept, but for Ronda and her husband – whose mother died of complications from her MS – it was a particularly cruel twist of fate.
Told she might not be able to walk for much longer, Ronda asked herself, “…then where should I walk now?” Her answer – to the kitchen! She had always enjoyed cooking, so she decided to gather her family and friends around the dinner table every Sunday night for an entire year, as an attempt to triumph over MS one week at a time. While there were many nights when Ronda’s unpredictable MS symptoms made her goal especially challenging, she persevered, asked for help when she needed it, and ultimately went on to write “The Gathering Table: Defying Multiple Sclerosis with a Year of Pasta, Wine and Friends.”
Like many people living with chronic disease, Ronda says it’s sometimes difficult to ask for help – especially when it comes to support with everyday tasks and chores. And she’s not alone. A recent national survey found that 80% of people with MS and support partners surveyed wanted help with everyday chores. About a third wanted help getting connected to services and resources that could help with these tasks.
Now, in an effort to help others combat this disease for which there is no cure, Ronda is helping spread the word about a new community-driven resource called GatherMS.com that she wishes had been available in the early days of her disease. GatherMS connects people with MS and their loved ones with existing resources and support services that can help manage the everyday unpredictability of MS – connecting people with help for day-to-day tasks, health and wellness and emotional support.
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THE 2017 HOLIDAY SEASON
Top Tech Gifts for the 2017 Holiday Season
The season of giving is upon us, and tech is always hot this time of year. But choosing from all tech products out there can be a daunting task. Here with her tips and tricks to selecting the best tech gifts this season is Top Woman in Tech, Jessica Naziri!
Jessica Naziri is one of the most-in-demand tech personalities for her first-look technology stories and gadget round-ups. Named as Inc.com’s top women in tech, Naziri is a tech expert, entrepreneur, writer, host and self- proclaimed “chic geek” bridging the gap between lifestyle and technology. Naziri founded her company TechSesh.co, a lifestyle technology digital magazine designed for women and inspired by tech. Naziri’s mission is to make tech news more accessible and to empower women by giving them everything they need in one place. Whether it’s the best apps, the latest smartphone review, new gadgets, or social media support. TechSesh.co has a unique niche, making technology digestible, relatable and fun. Naziri has turned her passion for technology and writing into a career, starting as a tech news reporter for The Los Angeles Times, CNN and CNBC.com. Since then, her work has also appeared in TechCrunch, FOX, CBS, Good Morning America, The Today Show, The Washington Post, Mashable, CBS, The Travel Channel, CNN, NPR, , Inside Edition, Yahoo!, Business Insider, and more!
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