Health & Wellness: Weathering MS With Janice Dean

A well-known meteorologist shares her story with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. 

By Katie Boothroyd 

Neil and Janice Dean at the 2014 Ambassadors Ball

Sean and (Photo by The National MS Society, National Capital Chapter Photography)

When you meet Janice Dean, you may notice her warm smile and the ease with which she captivates a room. You might also be aware that she is a well-known Senior Meteorologist for Fox News Network, where she’s been predicting the weather since 2004. What isn’t apparent is that she lives with multiple sclerosis (MS).

Dean describes initially finding out about her diagnosis ten years ago as life-altering and devastating. Her symptoms were varied, ranging from extreme fatigue, to numbness in her legs and a loss of feeling in the soles of her feet. The National MS Society describes MS as an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, which interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Dean knew that she needed to learn as much as possible about the disease and in the process of doing research, she found hope.

As Dean learned about MS and sought treatment, she realized her career and life were far from over. In fact, she’s been able to inspire others who are living with MS and raise a family in the process. According to Dean, “I thought my life was over when I was diagnosed but now I use my story to inspire others and raise awareness about MS. Dean will be sharing her story at the National MS Society, National Capital Chapter’s Women on the Move Luncheon on April 15 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington. She will be speaking on “Hope for all Seasons. To purchase tickets to hear Janice Dean’s story and learn more about the National MS Society, please visit WomenOnTheMoveDC.org or call Daniella Thompson at 202.375.5632.

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