Pan-American Press Release
Dec 21, 2022
FEARLESS with MS: Encouraging Women to Shift Their Mindset and Embrace New Identity for a Vibrant Life
Patti Bevilacqua, PhD, has made it her mission to empower women with multiple sclerosis. By sharing her story and experiences, she has convinced women worldwide to embrace a new mindset and live fulfilling, joyful lives. Their lives are not over, just different.
Grand Forks, BC – Living with a chronic illness can be frustrating. Those diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, commonly known as MS, know all too well the hardships that come with the condition. One woman uses her story to show other women afflicted with MS that by shifting their mindset, they too can live the good life.
Patti Bevilacqua, PhD, is a dynamic speaker, coach, MS advocate, and international best-selling author. She is the founder of FEARLESS with MS, a programme designed to help women with MS live their best selves through a mindset shift. This process of transformation encourages women with MS to be self-aware and make the decision to move forward with boundless courage and a renewed passion for life.
MS is an autoimmune disorder that degrades the myelin sheath, or sleeve of the tissue covering the nerve cells. It attacks the central nervous system and gradually weakens the body. Three out of four people who are diagnosed with MS are women.
People often describe MS as a thief, stealing a person's physical and cognitive ability. It impairs their ability to do their job, steals their identity, and ultimately, their future. Patti's story is a culmination of over 20 years of dealing with pain and anguish. MS is notorious for its unpredictability and has no known cure. As a result, women with MS often feel helpless, misunderstood, and uncertain about their future.
A deep desire for many of them is to move beyond their pain points and find joy in life. Patti knows this well because it has been a significant part of her adult life. A former high school physical education teacher, she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in late 1989, before the end of her first year of teaching.
Five years later, she had to leave her dream job. She was alone with no life coaches, online programs, or support groups to help and influence her. It was a long road of self-discovery and coming to terms with her new life before discovering that her current mindset prevented her from living with MS as her best self. By shifting her perspective, she found ways to live with renewed optimism, boundless courage, and a genuine zest for life.
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Today, using her narrative and experiences to educate others through her FEARLESS with MS programme with a mission to encourage and empower women to be fearless in their journey with MS. Patti uses the arts-based narrative inquiry method to conjure the image-rich texts instrumental in helping women explore their experience living with MS.
By sharing these images with others who understand the difficulties, women find their voice and feel heard on a deeper level. Patti’s energised and upbeat style is reinforced through humour and laughter—the best way to reduce anxiety and distress and help women cope with
About the Organization:
Patti Bevilacqua, PhD, is the founder and Chief Inspiration Office of FEARLESS with MS, a resource for women with multiple sclerosis who want to learn how to live vibrant lives. She uses her experiences and in-depth knowledge to show women that their lives are not over; they're only different. Patti is a dynamic speaker, coach, MS advocate, and international best-selling author. Patti was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, MS, in 1990, before the end of her first year of teaching. Five years later, she left her dream job. In 2005, she graduated with a PhD in Teacher Development. Her research explored the impact of chronic illness on teacher identity.
The programme is a resource for women with multiple sclerosis who want to find their identity and learn how to once again live vibrant lives. But most importantly, Patti offers a group that supports one another and gives each other the validation they need.
Patti has made it her mission to empower women suffering from MS to be fearless, brave, and bold—to accept the fact that they live with MS. And today, countless women worldwide have joined FEARLESS with MS and are living as their best selves every day.
Company Name: FEARLESS with MS
Client’s Name: Patti Bevilacqua
Address: Grand Forks, British Columbia V0H 1H2
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