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When I recently polled our readers about what you'd like to see in this blog (and thanks to those of you who responded), some of the options were "Interviews with interesting people with MS", "Links to other sites of interest to people with MS", and "Discussion topics." Well, I realized I can do several of those things at once! Why not just ask the interesting people with MS what sites they like to use, and what topics they would like to discuss?

So I give you now a new feature of this blog: Six Questions with...

While I'll probably end up doing interviews once or twice a month, I decided to kick things off in style. From now until World MS Day (one week left!), we will have an interview a day! Starting with:

Six Questions with...
DAVID LYONS; TV/Film Executive Producer and founder of The MS Bodybuilding Challenge


1. How has MS changed your life?

I have always been a driven and motivated person. But having MS has made me realize that there is nothing that can stop me from my goals and it has motivated me even more to accomplish what others say is impossible.

2. What is the most important thing you’ve learned since your diagnosis?

I’ve learned that the world does not revolve around what I want just because I have MS, that I cannot pity myself for having the disease and that I need to make a difference so that people will pay attention to the MS cause.

3. How have you found support?

Through The MS Bodybuilding Challenge, which is my odds defying battle to compete in a National Physique Committee bodybuilding contest, I have found support from all over the world. What better way to get people to rally behind you then to do something that no one has ever done before?

4. What is the best coping tip you’ve picked up?

Never dwell on the disease. Focus on your goals and accomplishments and you won’t have time to cry over MS. Who’s listening anyway?!

5. What is your favorite MS- or health-related website?

I have to say my own site http://www.themsbodybuildingchallenge.com. I hear from people all over the world that what I am doing is an inspiration not only to MS patients but to healthy people. I didn’t get MS to inspire the world but now it is a by-product. How neat is that? Become a supporter.

6. This is the bonus question! What question would you like to ask our readers?

If you could do one thing to inspire people and bring awareness to the MS cause, what would it be?

Your answer?

I’m already doing it and it’s called The MS Bodybuilding Challenge!

Okay, readers! Let's discuss David's question. What one thing would you do?

P.S. to people who came over from other sites: You can still join the discussion! Our blog supports openID (meaning if you have a blog on another site, you can probably use that to sign in as an openID commenter) or you can comment anonymously.

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