Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders: Patient Stories

Meet a few of the patients who’ve found excellent care for MS and other disorders at OHSU’s Multiple Sclerosis Center.

Riding and winning with MS

MS patient Chris Ramsey

Being diagnosed with MS hasn’t stopped Chris Ramsey from continuing to compete in Ironman World Championships and other hard-core sporting events.

In 2018, Ramsey became the first person with multiple sclerosis to finish the 930-mile Race Across the West as a solo rider. Not only that, he finished third for men under 50, riding from Oceanside, California, to Durango, Colorado, in three days, four hours and 47 minutes.

Learn why his OHSU doctors say Ramsey backs up research findings on MS and exercise. “Just because you have MS doesn’t mean you can’t live your dreams,” Dr. Dennis Bourdette says.

‘Becoming a fighter’

MS patient Marisa Twarowski

Learn how Marisa Twarowski transformed from a frightened teenager into a confident young woman managing MS. OHSU’s Dr. Vijayshree Yadav helped Marisa and her mom, Tina Twaroski, take on multiple sclerosis at every step.

For patients

  • Referral: To become a patient, please ask your doctor for a referral.
  • Questions: For questions or follow-up appointments, call 503-494-7772.


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