Jennifer van Amerom (she/her) received her diagnosis of neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder – aquaporin-4 positive (NMOSD-AQP4) in early 2010. Residing in Toronto, Canada, Jennifer actively manages her condition, which is often unseen, by maintaining a busy schedule. She serves as a professor at George Brown College, works as an HR consultant, and is a passionate patient advocate. In her personal life, Jennifer plays the roles of a devoted mother to her daughter, a pug’s loving guardian (her fur baby), a dedicated wife, caring sister to three siblings, and a protective daughter. You can stay updated with Jennifer by following her column, “The Beginner’s Guide to Walking.” In moments of sleeplessness, Jennifer finds solace in pug photos and videos.