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Famous Faces of Multiple Sclerosis

Trevor Bayne

Daytona 500 winner Bayne revealed in fall 2013 he'd been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Doctors cleared the 22 year old to continue to compete in NASCAR, though. "I am in the best shape I've ever been in, and I feel good," Bayne said. "There are currently no symptoms and I'm committed to continuing to take the best care of my body as possible."   He became the youngest driver in NASCAR history to win the Daytona 500 back in 2011.

Jack Osbourne

Reality TV star Jack Osbourne learned he has multiple sclerosis in 2012. He told the British magazine Hello that "'adapt and overcome' is my new motto." Just two months later, he took to Twitter to tell the world he’d just hiked more than 17 miles with a 35-pound backpack. He ended his message with the upbeat words: "Good livin'."

Ann Romney

Ann Romney, wife of presidential nominee Mitt Romney, has been open about her challenges with multiple sclerosis (MS). This nervous-system disease can cause many symptoms, such as a loss of balance and trouble walking. Romney rides horses as a form of therapy. Research has found that horseback riding can improve walking ability and balance in people with MS.

Michaele Salahi

Michaele Salahi first stepped into the national spotlight after "crashing" a White House dinner. She went on to appear in the reality series The Real Housewives of DC. Salahi revealed in 2010 that she'd been living with MS for nearly two decades. The condition hasn't slowed down her madcap life, which has made her a frequent item in tabloid headlines.

Montel Williams

Former talk show host Williams told Oprah Winfrey that pain has been a challenge since his MS diagnosis in 1999. He's learned how to distract himself and "keep it in a box." He currently puts much of his focus on raising awareness about the disease through the Montel Williams MS Foundation.

Neil Cavuto

Cavuto, a Fox News TV anchor, had already survived cancer when he learned he had MS in 1997. He's said that his biggest challenges are fatigue and understanding his body’s limitations. He shared stories of other people's triumphs over hardship in his book More than Money: True Stories of People Who Learned Life's Ultimate Lesson.

Clay Walker

MS struck country music star Clay Walker in his mid-20s. At first he couldn't hold a guitar pick in his right hand or stand. Treatments helped Walker regain use of his right hand and leg -- and forge ahead with an active career and a new passion for volunteer work. In more than 15 years since his diagnosis, Walker has worked tirelessly to raise awareness about multiple sclerosis.

Teri Garr

Actress Teri Garr's star was shooting upward in Hollywood in the early '80s, when she noticed troubling symptoms. She revealed her MS diagnosis to the world in 2002. She urges people newly diagnosed with MS to learn all they can about the illness. The disease affects each person differently. Plus, doctors have many treatments to help hold the disease in check.

Tamia Hill

MS hasn't stopped singer-songwriter Tamia Hill from sharing her gift of music. She's recorded four albums since her diagnosis at age 28. Hill says she has good days and bad days, and finds it helpful to keep a positive attitude. Hill also works to raise public awareness of MS -- and stays busy raising her family with her husband, NBA star Grant Hill.

Victoria Williams

Singer-songwriter Victoria Williams' MS diagnosis led to a source of support for others. In 1993, her musical friends, including Lou Reed and Pearl Jam, recorded the album, Sweet Relief, to raise money for her medical bills. She then founded the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund to help others with health problems. Williams regularly performs her quirky country rock and calls music "a healing thing."

Alan and David Osmond

Alan Osmond and many of his siblings became famous as members of the singing, dancing Osmond family. His son, David, is now carrying on the family name as a performer, including a turn on TV's American Idol. They share something else, too: Both father and son have multiple sclerosis. They live by Alan's motto: "I may have MS, but MS does not have me."

Noah '40' Shebib

Shebib is making a name for himself as a producer and collaborator with rapper Drake, a fellow Canadian. A leg that felt "on fire" was one early symptom, leading to a MS diagnosis in his early 20s. Shebib uses his fame to encourage others with MS. He says the disease won't stop him: "I've got this disease. I'm going to live with it. I'm going to win with it."

David Lander

David Lander's face -- and distinctive voice -- is familiar to legions of fans who knew him as Squiggy on Laverne and Shirley. Though he kept his multiple sclerosis diagnosis quiet for 15 years, he now speaks freely about his experience with the disease at public appearances.

Hal Ketchum

Country singer Hal Ketchum says that talking to people about his MS helps him feel better about the disease. He's also rearranged his priorities in life to focus on what's really important to him. People can find a supportive group or online chat room -- or even a mentor who is living with MS -- by calling the National MS Society at 800-344-4867.

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Use this discussion guide to talk with your doctor about how 3-times-a-week COPAXONE® 40 mg may work for you.

COPAXONE® (glatiramer acetate injection) is indicated for the treatment of patients with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis.

Important Safety Information about COPAXONE®

Do not take COPAXONE® if you are allergic to glatiramer acetate or mannitol.

Some patients report a short-term reaction right after injecting COPAXONE®. This reaction can involve flushing (feeling of warmth and/or redness), chest tightness or pain with heart palpitations, anxiety, and trouble breathing. These symptoms generally appear within minutes of an injection, last about 15 minutes, and do not require specific treatment. During the postmarketing period, there have been reports of patients with similar symptoms who received emergency medical care. If symptoms become severe, call the emergency phone number in your area. Call your doctor right away if you develop hives, skin rash with irritation, dizziness, sweating, chest pain, trouble breathing, or severe pain at the injection site. If any of the above occurs, do not give yourself any more injections until your doctor tells you to begin again.

Chest pain may occur either as part of the immediate postinjection reaction or on its own. This pain should only last a few minutes. You may experience more than one such episode, usually beginning at least one month after starting treatment. Tell your doctor if you experience chest pain that lasts for a long time or feels very intense.

A permanent indentation under the skin (lipoatrophy or, rarely, necrosis) at the injection site may occur, due to local destruction of fat tissue. Be sure to follow proper injection technique and inform your doctor of any skin changes.

The most common side effects in studies of COPAXONE® are redness, pain, swelling, itching, or a lump at the site of injection, flushing, rash, shortness of breath, and chest pain. These are not all of the possible side effects of COPAXONE®. For a complete list, ask your doctor or pharmacist. Tell your doctor about any side effects you have while taking COPAXONE®.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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COPAXONE® (glatiramer acetate injection) is indicated for the treatment of patients with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis.

Important Safety Information about COPAXONE®

Do not take COPAXONE® if you are allergic to glatiramer acetate or mannitol.

Some patients report a short-term reaction right after injecting COPAXONE®. This reaction can involve flushing (feeling of warmth and/or redness), chest tightness or pain with heart palpitations, anxiety, and trouble breathing. These symptoms generally appear within minutes of an injection, last about 15 minutes, and do not require specific treatment. During the postmarketing period, there have been reports of patients with similar symptoms who received emergency medical care. If symptoms become severe, call the emergency phone number in your area. Call your doctor right away if you develop hives, skin rash with irritation, dizziness, sweating, chest pain, trouble breathing, or severe pain at the injection site. If any of the above occurs, do not give yourself any more injections until your doctor tells you to begin again.

Chest pain may occur either as part of the immediate postinjection reaction or on its own. This pain should only last a few minutes. You may experience more than one such episode, usually beginning at least one month after starting treatment. Tell your doctor if you experience chest pain that lasts for a long time or feels very intense.

A permanent indentation under the skin (lipoatrophy or, rarely, necrosis) at the injection site may occur, due to local destruction of fat tissue. Be sure to follow proper injection technique and inform your doctor of any skin changes.

The most common side effects in studies of COPAXONE® are redness, pain, swelling, itching, or a lump at the site of injection, flushing, rash, shortness of breath, and chest pain. These are not all of the possible side effects of COPAXONE®. For a complete list, ask your doctor or pharmacist. Tell your doctor about any side effects you have while taking COPAXONE®.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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Injections for 3-times-a-week COPAXONE® 40 mg should be at least 48 hours apart.

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