Personal Stories: Mister Alphabet

Please tell us why you are involved in the MS community? Do you have MS?

My name is Mercedes Curran, I am currently the Communications Manager for Mister Alphabet, and am living with MS. Mister Alphabet™ is a figurine designed to bend into every letter of the alphabet. He was created to bring the alphabet to life through innovative interplay of figuration and letter formation, uniting adults with children and design with education. Based in Los Angeles, Mister Alphabet is proudly made in the USA.

Why are you involved in spreading information about MS on social media platforms?

I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis just over a year ago when I lost motor control on half of my body over night. I have been fortunate enough to have a steady recovery and am now thriving while managing my disease. As I have become involved with Mister Alphabet I completely related to the need to have a product that was beautifully designed, inspiring, and a useful tool for children and adults to help create mental and physical connections. We aim to become very involved with the therapy community because we can see how using the tactile and bendable aspects of Mister Alphabet combined with the emotional and therapeutic properties he offers will be an effective tool towards recovery and learning.

What interesting research, tips, recipes, or story can you share with our MS Community?

I was told two things after my major episode that have encourage me and given me hope.

1. Believe in your ability to heal and grow, taking one action at a time. Using my hands and mind (occupational therapy) to connect the Mister Alphabet community to the rest of the word has helped me to continue to be the best version of myself. Continue to pursue your passions to the best of your ability and know you are making a difference.

2. "Nothing is Uninteresting" - with the above statement in mind, I tend to put my personal value in my ability to add to society. The days when I feel less than my best, remembering that every breath, smile, laugh - every small action of kindness are worthy to exist for and within.

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