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Ellen Sue Stern
 
Ellen Sue Stern
Ellen Sue Stern

Ellen Sue Stern, acclaimed author, founder of Expecting Change Workshops and president of Stern Literary Consulting, had suffered from severe migraines for some 15 years, their source was typically attributed to her being a powerhouse author and mother of two. It was not until March 2002, when Stern was in her late 40s, that the connection was made between Sterns's chronic pain and multiple sclerosis (MS)-after she was admitted to the emergency room and subsequently diagnosed with trigeminal neuralgia. An MRI later revealed lesions in her brain. Not someone to sit back and ask "why me?", Stern decided to apply her talents as a speaker and writer to advancing the MS cause and work of the National MS Society. In September 2002, she was named a National Ambassador for the Society and has recently spoken at the national conference for the National MS Society.

Since then, Stern has been educating groups around the country about MS, while continuing to write. Her latest book, Words of Inspiration For People With MS, which she launched at the Minnesota Chapter's 2005 MS Walk in May 2005, aims to help those dealing with the debilitating affects of the disease find comfort through thought provoking quotes about issues that impact their daily lives. One such quote is found in the section titled "Spirit," Stern quotes the late Senator, Paul Wellstone from Minnesota , who was diagnosed with MS shortly before he died in a plane crash in 2002. "I have a strong heart; I have a strong soul. I just have a little bit of trouble with my right leg."

A favorite quote of Stern's is "God doesn't roll dice with the universe," said by Albert Einstein. She uses it frequently when she speaks at events such as a recent National MS Society conference, after which she follows it up with her own take on the thought, "What we're given is our fate, what we do with it is our destiny." So many people mistakenly attributed her quote to Einstein that she herself had to go home and Google it. "Sure enough, I said it," she states with a laugh.

Having MS has transformed Stern, for the better; "Having MS changes us. GROWS us. Makes us stronger, better, more powerful and loving human beings. Ultimately, what counts are our best intentions and our commitment to stay the course." She uses this mantra everyday.

Stern lives in Minneapolis , where she offers personal and professional coaching. She has appeared on Oprah, Maury Povich, and Montel Williams, among other television and radio shows. A popular national keynote speaker, she has coached thousands of women in her seminars and workshops. Her writing has appeared in magazines such as Self, Parenting, and Working Woman. She has also been a columnist for Mpls/St.Paul Magazine and is a faculty member of the Institute for Integral Development, for which she has gives recovery seminars focusing on co-dependence issues.

To learn more about Ellen Sue Stern and her new book, published by Itasca Books, please visit www.ellensuestern.com.

 
   
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  Last updated June 27, 2006