DreaMS My Journey with Multiple Sclerosis
by Kristie Salerno Kent 
Ever since she was a young girl, Kristie Salerno Kent had always dreamed of becoming a Broadway star. She graduated college with a degree in musical theater and was well on her way to stardom, but episodes of severe fatigue and numbness in her arms and legs eventually made it impossible for her to audition. She was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) at only 26, just months before her wedding to her high school sweetheart, and she felt like all of her dreams were slipping away.
Kristie Salerno Kent (Biography)
|Kristie was diagnosed with MS in 1999 shortly before marrying her high school sweetheart, Mike. She spent years in denial, using her theatre training to cover symptoms and pretend her health was not an issue. She took an office job and stopped pursuing a career as a performer. It wasn’t until she rediscovered her passion for music that Kristie found the courage to face MS.|
After deciding to face her problems head on, Kristie recorded and produced her debut solo album, "Believe.” Writing the album was a source of inner strength for Kristie during her day-to-day struggles with MS. She also produced and directed “The Show Must Go On,” a short documentary designed to help others understand the emotions and physical symptoms associated with MS. Kristie has since fulfilled her biggest dream of becoming a parent. Her son Kingston was born in 2009 and her daughter Giabella was born in 2012. She has spent the last several years performing across the U.S. and hopes to inspire others living with MS to find the courage to continue following their own passions.
Kristie is a paid spokesperson for Acorda Therapeutics®, Inc. She is a real patient sharing her personal experience.