Articles by Linda Childers

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Role of a Lifetime: Since her mother's diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease, actress Marcia Gay Harden has become passionate about raising awareness and advocating for research.

Childers, Linda

Neurology Now. 13(2):20-23, April/May 2017.

Since her mother's diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease, actress Marcia Gay Harden has become passionate about raising awareness and advocating for research.

Revelations: Fifteen years after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, actress Jamie-Lynn Sigler shares her story and becomes an advocate for the MS community.

Childers, Linda

Neurology Now. 13(1):34-37, February/March 2017.

Fifteen years after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, actress Jamie-Lynn Sigler shares her story in the hopes of easing the journey for others.

Sharing Her Story: Multiple sclerosis has been a tough teacher, but Ann Romney says it has given her a deeper sense of compassion and empathy.

Childers, Linda

Neurology Now. 11(5):30-34, October/November 2015.

Multiple sclerosis has been a tough teacher, but Ann Romney says it has given her a deeper sense of compassion and empathy.

Diving Lessons: Actress Brooke Burns broke her neck in a pool accident and narrowly avoided paralysis. Now she's a passionate advocate for those with spinal cord injuries.

Childers, Linda

Neurology Now. 11(3):16-23, June/July 2015.

Actress Brooke Burns broke her neck in a pool accident and narrowly avoided paralysis. Now she's a passionate advocate for people with spinal cord injuries.

Breaking Good: After the role of a lifetime, Breaking Bad's RJ Mitte is busting stereotypes about cerebral palsy and speaking out against bullying.

Childers, Linda

Neurology Now. 11(1):22-25, February/March 2015.

Breaking Bad's RJ Mitte busts stereotypes about cerebral palsy and speaks out against bullying.

Weathering the Storm: Why FOX meteorologist Janice Dean's forecast for life with MS is bright.

Childers, Linda

Neurology Now. 10(6):24-31, December/January 2014.

FOX News meteorologist Janice Dean is known for her tenacious coverage of rocky weather. Yet nine years ago, Dean was surprised to learn that a threatening neurological storm was brewing inside of her, resulting in a diagnosis of relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis.

Brain Matters: Actress Tamala Jones raises awareness of aneurysm.

Childers, Linda

Neurology Now. 10(5):18-21, October/November 2014.

At the age of 23, actress Tamala Jones experienced a ruptured brain aneurysm. Now Jones, who plays a smart, sarcastic medical examiner on the hit TV show Castle, is committed to raising awareness about the condition as a national spokesperson for the Brain Aneurysm Foundation.

The New Normal: As the first Miss America contestant with an autism spectrum disorder, Alexis Wineman is helping to redefine “the girl next door.”

Childers, Linda

Neurology Now. 10(3):16-22, June/July 2014.

Diagnosed with autism at the age of 11, 2013 Miss America contestant and crowd favorite Alexis Wineman has used the pageant as a platform for increasing awareness and understanding of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Wineman, who continues to travel the country as an advocate and motivational speaker, says, “This isn't just about people who have ASD, but about everyone who has ever felt they didn't belong.”

Stronger

Childers, Linda

Neurology Now. 10(1):20-23, February/March 2014.

Thirty-five-year-old country singer Julie Roberts was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in 2006, but it wasn't until 2011 that she revealed her diagnosis to fans. Though it was a difficult decision, Roberts tells Neurology Now, “I consider them part of my family. So I wanted to come forward with my diagnosis as well, not only to let them know what was going on in my life, but hopefully to inspire others with MS.”

Getting Real: Jack Osbourne Goes Public With Multiple Sclerosis

Childers, Linda

Neurology Now. 9(3):16-19, June-July 2013.

TV star Jack Osbourne—son of rocker Ozzy and media personality Sharon—grew up in the spotlight. When he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) at the age of 26, right after his first child was born, Osbourne bravely chose to remain in the public eye. “MS is a part of my life, but it's not controlling my life, and I hope that bringing attention to my condition will help the global cause,” he says.

Back on Her Feet: After years of chronic pain, actress Jennifer Grey is dancing again.

Childers, Linda

Neurology Now. 8(6):18-21, December-january 2012.

Following a car accident in 1987, actress Jennifer Grey—best known for her role in Dirty Dancing—began to experience chronic back and neck pain. After successful surgery, Grey danced her way into the spotlight again on Dancing With the Stars. Learn some of the common causes and treatments for back and neck pain.

Hidden Hercules: Actor Kevin Sorbo reveals his secret battle with stroke.

Childers, Linda

Neurology Now. 7(5):26-28,30-31, October/November 2011.

Kevin Sorbo is best known for his television portrayal of Hercules, a muscle-bound hero who battles the forces of evil. Unbeknownst to his fans, Sorbo was also waging a secret battle—on and off the set—after a series of strokes left him partially blind and incapacitated at 38 years old. “I went through two years of hell before I began to feel like myself again,” Sorbo says. now, the actor has discovered a different kind of strength.

You, Me, and ADHD: After their four children were diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder—and one with Asperger's syndrome—Curt and Shonda Schilling learned to...

CHILDERS, LINDA

Neurology Now. 7(1):16-18,20, February/March 2011.

During his playing days, retired Boston red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling established a reputation for always be ing on top of his game. But four years ago, life threw a curve ball to him and his wife, Shonda Schilling. They learned their four children had ADHD, and their middle son was also diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome.

Come Together: Actors Jill Eikenberry and Michael Tucker on how Alzheimer's disease has made their family bond stronger.

Childers, Linda

Neurology Now. 6(6):16-19,23, November/December 2010.

Jill Eikenberry and Michael Tucker are one of Hollywood's most enduring couples. Known for their roles on L.A. Law, the two actors have been married for 36 years. Several years ago, they found themselves taking on a new role as caregivers to Eikenberry's mother, Lora, who has Alzheimer's disease. Here, they reflect on how the challenge has made their family bond stronger.

Cindy's Campaign

CHILDERS, LINDA

Neurology Now. 6(3):16-19, May/June 2010.

Cindy mcCain was the picture of sophistication as she traveled the country supporting her husband in his bid for the 2008 presidency. yet behind mcCain's smile, the mother of four was often fighting horrendous migraines, a condition that has plagued her for 15 years and may have played a part in the stroke she suffered in 2004.

No Joke

CHILDERS, LINDA

Neurology Now. 5(3):13-14,17, May/June 2009.

Actor Robert Guillaume has had many memorable roles, including Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls and the witty butler Benson DuBois on Soap and Benson. Here, the veteran actor remembers the day a stroke changed his life—and the warnings he didn't take seriously enough.

From Hero to Advocate

CHILDERS, LINDA

Neurology Now. 4(6):15-17, November/December 2008.

TV viewers may recognize Greg Grunberg from his starring role as telepathic detective Matt Parkman on the hit show Heroes. What most people don't realize is that the role closest to Grunberg's heart is advocating on behalf of his 12-year-old son Jake—as well as the roughly 45,000 children under the age of 15 who develop epilepsy each year.

Compassionate Minds

Childers, Linda

Neurology Now. 4(4):14-16, July/August 2008.

On the CBs drama Criminal Minds, shemar Moore plays the role of FBI special agent Derek Morgan, part of an elite team of profilers who analyze the country's most twisted criminal minds and anticipate their next moves before they strike again. In real life, Moore is committed to eradicating a different kind of villain: multiple sclerosis, a chronic and potentially debilitating neurological disease that affects over 400,000 Americans, including his mother, Marilyn Wilson-Moore.

Cheryl's Enthusiasm

CHILDERS, LINDA

Neurology Now. 3(6):14-16,19, November/December 2007.

You might know Cheryl Hines as Larry David's exasperated wife on the HBo sitcom, Curb Your Enthusiasm, or from her comedic roles in movies such as RV and Waitress. But she is also a passionate advocate for people with cerebral palsy (CP). In this exclusive interview, she talks about her nephew michael (who has CP), her work raising awareness, and why you shouldn't underestimate her at the poker table.

Our Fair Lady

CHILDERS, LINDA

Neurology Now. 3(2):17-19, March/April 2007.

Hollywood icon Julie Andrews is receiving our Public Leadership in Neurology Award for playing a starring role in the fight against Huntington's disease.

Desperate for Relief

CHILDERS, LINDA

Neurology Now. 2(5):8-11, September/October 2006.

How actress Marcia Cross learned to manage her debilitating migraines-and found serenity on TV's hottest series, “Desperate Housewives.”

Something to SCREAM About: Party of Two: Neve Campbell uses acting fame to speak out for people living with epilepsy — starting with her cousin

Childers, Linda

Neurology Now. 2(2):26-27, March/April 2006.

Neve Campbell's cousin inspires the actress to speak out on epilepsy causes

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