Jamie Tripp Utitus

Jamie Tripp Utitus / USA

"The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it.” - C.C. Scott

Surprisingly, Jamie Tripp Utitus’ writing career began with an MS diagnosis. What began as a personal blog (Ugly Like Me) and an attempt to cope with a shocking diagnosis, her teaching career and her growing family, soon evolved into a new profession. She left teaching and began her new MS life as a freelance writer three years ago, and hasn’t looked back. Today she blogs and community manages MS communities in over 95 countries, while writing a bi-weekly Parental Guidance blog. She is also the author of Zoe Bowie Sings, Despite All Sad Things, a children’s book about MS and is looking forward to being this year’s keynote speaker at the Doctors 2.0 & You conference in Paris later this year.

*Living Like You bloggers are financially compensated at a reasonable market rate for their time. Payments to bloggers in no way influences their writing, opinions or perspectives on life with multiple sclerosis.

Recent Entries by Jamie Tripp Utitus

Lessons of My Last Relapse

Lessons of My Last Relapse

Struggling with a relapse, or just getting past one? Jamie understands how you feel and has reflections on her latest relapse to share.

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MS, The What If’s and Survivor's Guilt

MS, The What If’s and Survivor's Guilt

It’s hard when friends living with Multiple Sclerosis struggle and you are feeling okay. Living Like You offers tips to cope with survivor’s guilt.

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When It Rains It Pours – Living with MS

When It Rains It Pours – Living with MS

Living Like You blogger, Jamie, writes about how she manages her Multiple Sclerosis when life gets overwhelming.

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Multiple Sclerosis, a Car Accident and Social Media: Three Experiences That Taught Me One Lesson

Multiple Sclerosis, a Car Accident and Social Media: Three Experiences That Taught Me One Lesson

Living Like You blogger, Jamie Tripp Utitus, shares her story about the impact a car accident, her multiple sclerosis and social media had on her.

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Living Fabulous Like You: Beauty Life Hacks

Living with MS doesn’t mean sacrificing your glam. Check out our beauty life #MSLifeHacks.

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MS and Lightning: Can Either Strike Twice?

Jamie once thought if her siblings had MS, her chances of being diagnosed would be lowered – turns out, lightning (and MS) can strike twice.

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shocking things people say about MS

Sh*t People Say About MS: The Stuff You Wouldn't Believe

Sh*t people say about multiple sclerosis. We’ve all heard it before, but Jamie shares some of the classics here.

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Quitting Time: How Did You Decide to Finally Stop Working?

Quitting Time: How Did You Decide to Finally Stop Working?

Working with Multiple Sclerosis is challenging. Living Like You blogger, Jamie, shares her tough decision to leave her job and stop working.

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Merry Mocktails: Surviving the Holiday Drinking Season

Merry Mocktails: Surviving the Holiday Drinking Season

The holidays are a time of parties and heavy-drinking for some. Living Like You blogger, Jamie, shares her thoughts on the personal decision to drink or not to drink alcohol during the holiday season.

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How an MS Life Hack Helped Me and My Child

How an MS Life Hack Helped Me and My Child

Living Like You blogger, Jamie, shares how #MSLifeHacks helped her get the medicine she needed to get to her child.

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Love Your Body With MS

Loving yourself means loving ALL of you, imperfections and all. Read about what that love means to Living Like You blogger, Jamie.

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Clearing Up Cognitive Impairment

Until recently, cognitive impairment was one of the most confusing symptoms of MS. LLY blogger Jamie is sharing the latest information, and a video surrounding the sneaky side effect.

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MS Moments: Ones We Wish We Could Forget

MS Moments: Ones We Wish We Could Forget

MS Moments We Wish We Could Forget - Living Like You - A Multiple Sclerosis Site

The list of embarrassing situations that MS could bring into your life is unfortunately long. These “MS moments” leave you scrambling to regain your composure and can be downright embarrassing!

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Parents Just Don’t Understand…Multiple Sclerosis.

Parents Just Don’t Understand…Multiple Sclerosis.

Living Like You blogger, Jamie, shares her mother’s reaction to her MS diagnosis and how she keeps the dialogue going.

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Celebrating My Five Year Mark By Going Back to Work – Living with MS

Celebrating My Five Year Mark By Going Back to Work – Living with MS

Living Like You blogger, Jamie, has been living with Multiple Sclerosis for five years. Read how she celebrated her 5-year mark.

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Wheelchair Fashion for the Fearless!

Wheelchair Fashion for the Fearless!

Living Like You blogger, Jamie Tripp Utitus, shares some tips for remaining fashionable despite her multiple sclerosis, especially how to stay trendy in a wheelchair.

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Six Tips for a Happy, Healthy Marriage with (or without) MS

12 years into her marriage and six years into multiple sclerosis, Jamie reflects on the six ways she’s been able to keep her marriage healthy.

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My New Year’s Resolution

Living Like You blogger Jamie shares her resolution for life with multiple sclerosis in 2017.

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No, I’m Not Drunk! I Have MS

No, I’m Not Drunk! I Have MS

Do social drinks and MS mix? Jamie explains why she has to curb her cocktails since her diagnosis in her latest Living Like You blog.

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Goodbye Running - Giving Up Something I Loved Thanks to My MS

Goodbye Running - Giving Up Something I Loved Thanks to My MS

Living Like You blogger, Jamie, discusses how her Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis forced her to give up running and how losing something she loved, helped her gain something unexpected.

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Four Ways to Get Thru the Rough Patches

Four Ways to Get Thru the Rough Patches

Living Like You blogger, Jamie, offers tips for getting through the times when your Multiple Sclerosis feels like it is bringing you down.

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“I Have MS, but MS Does Not Have Me.” Depends on You.

“I Have MS, but MS Does Not Have Me.” Depends on You.

Living Like You blogger, Jamie Tripp Utitus, shares what this expression means to her.

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Don’t Be Your Own Worst Enemy

When it comes to living a healthy and fulfilled life, hate can often be your worst enemy. Read why Jamie decided to leave her anger in the past, where it belongs.

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Getting Over the Hump When it Comes to MS and Sex

For some, MS and sexual intimacy do not go hand in hand. Our blogger Jamie is sharing her and her husband’s story.

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Awkward! Sharing Personal Information With My Boss

Awkward! Sharing Personal Information With My Boss

Sharing personal information with your boss can be awkward!! Jamie’s boss asked about her ability to continue working. Here’s what she told him.

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How My Husband Helps My Life with MS

How My Husband Helps My Life with MS

Living Like You blogger, Jamie, shares how her husband’s unconditional love has brought them closer since her Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis.

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Dear Takers

Dear Takers

Living Like You blogger, Jamie, discusses how you can take care of yourself and not let others take advantage of you.

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Is Sadness One of Your MS Symptoms? That’s OK

It’s great to stay optimistic when living with MS, but it’s also important to let yourself feel the sadness, sometimes.

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How to Make Vacation All You Ever Wanted

Hacks to make the most out of your vacation from Living Like You blogger Jamie.

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Find out how Jamie Tripp got her sexy back after her MS diagnosis

Getting Your Sexy Back

Tips to find your sexy after your multiple sclerosis diagnosis. Living Like You blogger shares her journey to feel attractive again with MS.

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My MS Mommy Moment

My MS Mommy Moment

It’s frightening to think that your Multiple Sclerosis could prevent you from being able to care for your child. Jamie talks candidly about her upsetting parenting moment.

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Jamie Takes the 7-Day Challenge!

Jamie Takes the 7-Day Challenge!

Although each day in Jamie’s life with Multiple Sclerosis is unpredictable, she still completed the 7-Day Challenge to Live Like You. Read about the week she spent tracking her activities.

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Can I Start a Business if I Have MS? Yes You Can!

Can I Start a Business if I Have MS? Yes You Can!

Living Like You blogger, Jamie, knows it’s not easy to leave work because of her Multiple Sclerosis. She also knows it’s possible to start a business despite her MS.

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It Will Be Here Before You Know It…Read this Summer Prep Guide!

Experiencing hot temperatures can be challenging for anyone living with multiple sclerosis. Living Like You blogger, Jamie Tripp Utitus, shares tips for staying cool in the summer.

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Breathing Your Way through MS

For some, an MS diagnosis can be coupled with an onslaught of anxiety and even depression. Read how Living Like You blogger Jamie has learned to breathe through it.

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My Thoughts on Multiple Sclerosis & Smoking – Living Like You

Up in Smoke: My Thoughts on Multiple Sclerosis & Smoking

Smoking may increase the risk of developing multiple sclerosis, speed disease progression and temporarily impair neurologic function. Living Like You blogger shares her journey to quit smoking.

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Stop Underestimating Me Because Of My MS

Stop Underestimating Me Because Of My MS

Jamie shares some of the things she would never have imagined doing before her Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis.

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What Does “Orange is the New Black” Have to Do with Multiple Sclerosis?

What Does “Orange is the New Black” Have to Do with Multiple Sclerosis?

Living Like You blogger, Jamie, finds new meaning in her Multiple Sclerosis through her latest television obsession.

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Still Working – How I Am Coping Back at Work with my MS

Still Working – How I'm Coping Back at Work with My MS

Living Like You blogger, Jamie, shares what life has been like since she returned to work after her multiple sclerosis diagnosis

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Mother’s Day: 24 Hours of Celebration or Guilt?

Mother’s Day can be a huge source of guilt for mothers living with MS. Living Like You blogger, Jamie Tripp Utitus, shares her advice on how to celebrate your children and yourself on this special day.

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Aging Gracefully with MS

Aging may come faster with MS, but real beauty is not just skin deep.

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Business Travel Why I Wish I could Expense my MS!

Business Travel: Why I Wish I Could Expense My MS!

Business travel with Multiple Sclerosis is complicated. Living Like You blogger shares her tips for travelling for work when you have MS.

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Dear Haters

Dear Haters

Many symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis are invisible to others. Living Like You blogger, Jamie, talks opening about feeling judged by others.

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Sibling Rivalry and Multiple Sclerosis

Sibling Rivalry and Multiple Sclerosis

Living Like You blogger, Jamie, shares how both her and her sister manage their Multiple Sclerosis.

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Multiple Sclerosis, Beauty, and Pink Hair

Multiple Sclerosis, Beauty, and Pink Hair

Living Like You blogger, Jamie Tripp Utitus, shares the surprising reason she dyed her hair pink and what that has to do with her multiple sclerosis.

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My Cosmetic Crossroad: Is it Time to Say Goodbye to Wrinkles?

Getting older is hard. Especially when you add the stress of living with multiple sclerosis to the mix. But why should we let the stress show on our faces? Living Like You blogger Jamie discusses her feelings on saying farewell to wrinkles.

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I Don’t Feel Guilty About Parenting from the Couch

Parenting is a challenge, especially when you add MS to the mix – don’t feel guilty for parenting from the couch.

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