You Don't Know Jack About MSTM is an awareness campaign for people living with MS and their loved ones. The campaign is designed to start a new conversation about MS to dispel myths, educate and help patients manage their disease by emphasizing the importance of patient and family support and of a healthy lifestyle. You Don't Know Jack About MSTM is sponsored by Teva Neuroscience, Inc.
A lot has changed since you first got to know me as a teenager on MTV more than ten years ago. For starters, I am a bit different now than when I was a teen. I've started producing my own reality TV shows, and have even started my own production company called Schweet Entertainment. Along with work, I got married to my wife Lisa and we had a beautiful baby girl named Pearl. Last year, I was diagnosed with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS), the most common form of multiple sclerosis (MS).
When I was diagnosed, I figured I should prepare for a fast decline that ended with me in a wheelchair. But then I decided to take charge of my health and learn all I could about the disease, and that led to some big changes. I realized that junk food is not my friend. I got more disciplined in my exercise routine. And, I learned how to slow down and take breaks when I need to. I also worked with my doctor to find a treatment that was right for me.
Along the way, I ran into a lot of misperceptions about MS, like, it's not just women or older people who get it, and it's not a death sentence. I thought, 'Why don't more people know about this?!' The You Don't Know Jack About MSTM docu-series is my way of showing people that while relapsing-remitting MS is a major part of my life, it doesn't control my life. I want to change the way people think and talk about MS.
Be sure to check back here every other week for a new episode of my four-part You Don't Know Jack About MSTM docu-series, where you'll get an inside look at my life and how I manage my RRMS and get the support that I need. You should also look around this site for more information about MS, my favorite stress reducers, and links to helpful resources. Thanks for tuning in!