Did you know there is actually a lot of famous moms diagnosed with MS? Here is a list to tell you about a few of them… While the diagnoses is always difficult, being a celebrity mom diagnosed with MS adds the challenges of keeping up with social appearances and pressures. So which celebrity mothers have been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis?
Wife of the 2012 Presidential nominee Mitt Romney, Ann Romney was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1998. Together Ann & Mitt have five children. Ann initially used more traditional medicines to treat her symptoms, but later turned to alternative treatments such as acupuncture and Equine therapy. Equine therapy, also known as hippotherapy, uses horseback riding to improve core strength and limberness. This type of therapy dates back to 500 BC and is used to treat a wide variety of illnesses.
Famous author J.K. Rowling’s mother, Anne Rowling, was diagnosed with MS and died at the age of 45. J.K. Rowling became a household name after publishing the Harry Potter book series. She has served as a patron of the MS Society in Scotland, and has donated millions to MS research. Her most notable donation of 15.4 million was to start a research facility at the University of Edinburgh, which will be named after her mother.
Shemar Moore’s mother was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1998. Shemar is best known for his eight years as Malcolm Winters on The Young in the Restless, and currently costars in the hit show Criminal Minds as Derek Morgan. He was also formally a fashion model and host of Soul Train. He and his costars have done several charity events to raise money for MS awareness and research.
Annette Funicello was another famous mother with MS. She begin her acting career at the age of 12, starring on the Mickey Mouse Club. She later co-starred in several beach movies with actor Frankie Avalon. Annette Funicello tried many experimental, and sometimes controversial, treatments to improve her symptoms.
Best known for her comedic acting, Teri Garr revealed in 2002 that she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. She has a daughter named Molly. She was made famous for her roles in Young Frankenstein, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The Black Stallion and Tootsie, among other movies and television series. Teri has used traditional medicines in addition to regular exercise to help regulate her symptoms. She especially enjoys the benefits of Pilates. Terri is also an Ambassador for the Multiple Sclerosis Society.