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OOTD Roundup: World MS Day 2021

May 30, 2021

“Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. … A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:9, 12

And just like that, another World MS Day is upon us! It seems like a few months ago when I was celebrating this day of global solidarity and hope for the future for the first time. I kept my new tradition going and did an OOTD roundup to commemorate the occasion, because every day is worth celebrating. Truly. So I put on a bright orange dress (orange is the official color of MS awareness), my current pair of favorite shades and a smile and rocked this mini photoshoot. As symbolized in the second image, sometimes living with multiple sclerosis feels like the weight of the world is on your shoulders. There’s so much to worry about — the unknowns about the progression of my condition; managing my symptoms while balancing work, family and friends; and still trying to find joy in the process. Life with MS is not easy, but with my support squad by my side and looking to other people who are triumphing over the same struggles, it makes things better. I’m grateful for every one of them!

The World MS Day theme from 2020 to 2022 is “connections.” Last year, I chose to focus on my gals who supported me during the early stages of my MS diagnosis and journey. This year, I’m highlighting my fellow MS warriors who I’ve connected with via social media. Funny how the vast world of chronic illness can feel so small and inclusive! They have lifted me up and encouraged me by simply being who they are. These lovely ladies — seen below in their various shades of orange — include Kaci, the radiant roller skater; Ashleigh, a rose of an inspiration; Roxy, the remarkable MS fashionista; Diane, the dope DJ; Moyna, the marvelous motivator; Risha, the beautiful blogger; and Bianca, a beaming MSer who was recently diagnosed. Get to know about these inspiring women below, as they share what the MS community means to them and what makes them hopeful for the future.

Kaci Bell

• Name: Kaci Bell / @myelinmoxi
• Location: Dallas, TX
• Occupation: Realtor
• Diagnosed: August 2017

“The MS community means so much to me: It means knowledge of other’s experiences and perhaps a foretell of our own. It means instant friendships/connections — it’s hard enough to talk about this, it makes it so much easier to communicate with someone going through the same thing. It means strength and resilience, because we don’t let each other feel sorry for our disease, we continue to uplift each other and encourage positivity with our MS. It means having a bond, especially when wearing an article of clothing that mentions MS, it’s a talking point between strangers that is either knowledgeable or creates a relation between them. This community has been the most embracing one I’ve ever identified with and it’s been the most helpful resource since my diagnosis. 🥰

Ashleigh Rose

• Name: Ashleigh Rose / @arose
• Location: Florida
• Occupation: Founder of A Rose Collective
• Diagnosed: November 2018

“The MS community means (cliché warning) the world to me. When I was newly diagnosed, I didn’t find many positive accounts that showcased that yes, living with MS is tricky, but it’s not the end of my life. So I wanted to change that narrative. Be the person I needed for others. So I turned my personal IG account @arose into a safe space to share my journey and spread Multiple Sclerosis awareness. Opening myself up to the world, to the beautiful connections I’ve made, has been more than rewarding. It’s been life-changing. My story continues at A Rose Collective and I look forward to making many more MS Connections! Xx”

Roxy Chanel Murray

• Name: Roxy Chanel Murray / @multiplesclerosisfashionista
• Location: London, England – UK
• Occupation: MS Advocate and Podcaster
• Diagnosed: 2012

“The MS community means so much to me. They have become a massive part of my life. Bringing me so much joy, light, love and guidance on my journey. What makes me hopeful for the future is the progression that’s happening currently in the medical world with drugs and medical trials that show that there may be a brighter, happier future for all MSers. As well as the way the community has connected and created greater spaces, less loneliness and better well-rounded information resources available for all.”

Diane Palaganas

• Name: Diane Palaganas (a.k.a. DJ Danga Dang) / @_danga_dang
• Location: Long Beach, CA
• Occupation: Part-time DJ, Full-time WARRIOR
• Diagnosed: January 2016

“The MS community is an inspiration of hope and motivation. No one else understands the pain and fight we go through. When I see other warriors surviving and thriving with this disease, it makes me push and fight even harder. I believe anything is possible. I am open to all the possibilities of the future and am thankful for everyone with me on this journey.”

Moyna

• Name: Moyna / @lifewithmoyna
• Location: New York City, NY
• Occupation: Paralegal, Freelance Writer and Content Creator
• Diagnosed: December 2019

“The MS community is very warm and welcoming. I hope for the future is that more POC MS patients can be displayed. Seeing people who look like me in MS advertisement and other PR materials. Representation is SO important. It is helps to see others like you and know you are not alone!”

Risha Serrano

• Name: Risha Serrano / @reeshespieces_
• Location: Las Vegas, NV
• Occupation: Executive Administrator of a healthcare facility and Blogger
• Diagnosed: January 2018

“The MS community is strong, resilient and supportive of one another. Reassures me that I am not alone in my journey. It gives me hope that I can continue to live a fulfilling life despite having MS.”

Bianca Sair

• Name: Bianca Sair / @beeezzzyy_
• Location: Philadelphia, PA
• Occupation: Direct Support Professional
• Diagnosed: February 2021

“I’m new to the MS community so it’s still a lot to learn. I do hope to gain support as well as give support to my fellow warriors as well as gaining knowledge. I just hope a cure for MS is coming soon so we don’t have to continue to suffer inside.”

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Outfit of the Day Roundup: World MS Day 2020

May 30, 2020

Today is World MS Day, and I’ve decided to do something different — something very Ashley Adores — to commemorate the occasion.


“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.” Proverbs 17:17

Jumpsuit: Missguided Orange Bow Front Bandeau Jumpsuit
Earrings: Francesca’s
Sandals: Amazon
Photographer: Dash


I’ve enlisted the help of a few friends who are showing their solidarity and support for World MS Day, while also helping to raise awareness about multiple sclerosis. As some of you may know, I am one of the nearly 1 million people in the United States living with MS (2.3 million worldwide).

Orange is the official color of MS. This theme of this year’s World MS Day is “Connections,” so I wanted to show some of my connections (a.k.a. friends) wearing orange in support of someone with MS (me). At times, living with a chronic illness can be an isolating feeling — not to mention the stressors that come with being immunocompromised during a pandemic — but I’m blessed to have a tribe full of real ones who have my back.

Support from people who truly love and care for you can feel better than medicine when you’re chronically ill. The women pictured in the gallery below have served as inspiration and lifted me up when I needed it most.


Here’s a little about each of the women rocking their best orange ensembles in style in this roundup:

• My sister Ayesha is a superwoman who is an awesome mother to my nephews, Jordan and Marquis. She is also an honor roller as she pursues her degree, and is a craftmaker extraordinaire. She has always been ahead of her time. As a kid with sarcastic humor, I was convinced that there was a 45-year-old trapped inside her young body. Ayesha’s favorite color is (you guessed it) orange, and she wears it gracefully with a yellow (my favorite color) accent necklace.

Yvette is my bestie, who I’ve known since the fifth grade. She is a lover of birds and also is my favorite songbird. Not only is she blessed with the vocals, but she has the distinct ability to make me laugh like a lunatic with her antics. Some of my best adventures traveling the word have been with Yvette, and I can’t wait to explore new places with her once this pandemic subsides.

• Unbridled creativity is what comes to mind when I think of Lola. She always turns heads with her bold outfits and daring accessories, and she has a heart of gold. Far from the ordinary, Lola exudes rare beauty inside and out. You can shop her creations at Wusu & 4th. (Photo by RSee)

Jená, another entrepreneur-fashionista, is a mother, stylist and owner of the Jená Monique boutique (shop this Sheer Perfection Maxi Dress and other orange ensembles!). We met at church as we ministered through dance together. She loves the Lord and has a heart for serving her community. In all aspects of her life, Jená is the epitome of style and grace.

• My homegirl, Linda, has become family throughout the years. I can count on her for anything. Literally! One of the best things about Linda is her transparency. She doesn’t shy away from sharing what’s on her heart and her faith is so strong. I know that I can keep it 100 with her at all times, and that she would go to war for me.

Stefany is a colleague who has been a great friend to me. She is a true inspiration, a supportive mother of two, and is as real as they come. Her effortless style is enviable. I mean, she has lewks for days! Stefany’s most valuable asset is how genuine she can be — she means what she says and says what she means. Love her!

• This curly cutie is Octavia, a quirky, funny, radiant spirit who is a joy to be around. I leave every encounter with her uplifted. I can always count on Tae for a timely word, and she has the voice of an angel. You better sang, Tae! As someone who also is enduring her own health challenges, seeing her thrive is encouraging, to say the least.

Whitney has become a full-on woman right before my eyes. I remember fondly the days when she had just moved to California and we connected at church. These days she’s back in Arizona with a successful career in commercial property management, the cutest babies, a dope hubby, and a bomb house. Whit’s still got the baby face, but she’s got the wisdom and hilarity to match. Catching up with her on our weekly Zooms has definitely been one of the highlights of this quarantine!

• Simply put, Olamide is goals. She is one of the smartest and driven people I know. Where there is a will, Olamide will find a way, from teaching herself to code and launching a grassroots match-making service during the pandemic, to becoming a homeowner before 30 and affecting real change with leadership at our company! I stan. Not to mention, her singing voice touches people deep in their souls. I’m glad our work friendship has become a real friendship.

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