Country strong with MS

Country music star Julie Roberts is no stranger to overcoming challenges, both professionally and personally.

Country music star Julie Roberts is no stranger to overcoming challenges, both professionally and personally. Each time she has faced a new adversity, she hasn’t let it slow her down. This includes her diagnosis with multiple sclerosis (MS) when she was 27.

MS is an unpredictable, often disabling central nervous system disease that disrupts the flow of information in the brain and between the brain and body.

Roberts knew something wasn’t right long before her diagnosis. She would have trouble holding the microphone during concerts, experienced bouts of blurred vision and couldn’t hold weights while working out at the gym.

She said that accepting her diagnosis was the most difficult part of her journey with MS. But it has also helped her regain control of her life. She was in denial for years until the 2010 flood in Nashville, Tennessee, provided a wake-up call.

“My mom, sister and I lost our home and nearly everything we owned in the flood,” Roberts said. “When we were rescued by boat, we were given another chance at life. I realized then that things can be replaced, but life and good health are invaluable.”

After this realization, Roberts opted for changing her diet and working out daily to control her symptoms. She also takes medication to slow down the progression of MS.

“I still have times when my hands quit working or I can barely pull up a pair of pants, but when I really take care of myself, I feel great,” she said.

Roberts shares her experiences with MS as a motivational speaker to raise awareness and let others with MS — or any health issue — know they don’t have to give up on their dreams.

“I want people to know that I can still do whatever I want,” she said. “It’d be more stressful for me to not be doing what I love. I would worry more about my health sitting at home than playing shows every night. I … stand up for myself and those with MS and show the world that … we can still do what we want to do.”


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