MS, Unemployment: How Sergio Found His Way On MyCounterpane

Sergio Rodriguez is a continual user of MyCounterpane. He’s 33-years-old, lives in Phoenix, AZ and he has laid out his story from the first moment he was diagnosed with MS until today. And I, along and other users from MCP, have been with him every step of the way.

We were with him when, as a result of his MS diagnosis, his engagement ended and he was left in an empty house at a moment of “rock bottom” And this weekend, seven years after the day of diagnosis, we got to be with him on one of the most exciting nights of his life. Sergio got engaged!



In my two years of being part of this site, there have been a handful of times where I clicked onto a Moodifier entry and burst into tears. I wept because I knew why the moment was important. I recognized the full context of the personal story. I felt its power and I understood how far Sergio had come to get to where he is now.  How glad I am that he chose to share his ups and downs with our incredible support system who just get it.

Sergio. I’m so proud of your incredible journey and for rising up from a terrible moment of loneliness to find your dream. This is why we do what we do. And I look forward to continuing to see more dreams coming true.


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Kate Milliken

Kate Milliken

Kate Milliken is the founder of, and for the past few years, has been immersed in the personal stories of patients and caregivers living with MS. Kate’s own RRMS diagnosis allowed her to see the glaring need for authentic video moments in the illness space that could give people perspective, support and hope. Kate’s diagnosis also opened an opportunity to work with the National MS Society. She produced the We Keep Moving video series ( and continues to work as an on camera host with MS Learn Online, MS researcher webcasts and with additional projects for the National MS Society website. Pre- MS, Kate founded Milligrace Productions, a video production company that specializes in testimonial video, and has worked in television for more than 15 years; off camera as a producer for the View and VH-1 and as a correspondent in alternative sports (such as snowboarding, mountain biking and monster trucks) where she worked for Fox Sports NET, TNT, TNN the Outdoor Life Network and Oxygen. Kate lives in Bronxville, NY with her husband and two young children. Her MS is currently stable.

One thought to “MS, Unemployment: How Sergio Found His Way On MyCounterpane”

  1. Kate,
    I’m so happy to have been able to share what I’ve gone through thus far as well as what’s to come moving forward; good and bad. MCP has changed my life in so many ways. I hope that my story, what I’ve gone through, and how I’ve overcome things will someday help others in their own struggles living with MS. Thank you for all you’ve done for me and everything you continue to do for the MCP community. You’re absolutely amazing in every way and I’m so fortunate to call you a friend.

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