Our Mission

"I started TurnFirst to make sure everyone newly diagnosed with MS has a safe and constructive place to turn to when they have questions, need support, and are ready to plan a treatment approach for themselves that will help them follow their dreams." 
                            Samantha Guerry, founder

TurnFirst gives you just what you need when you need it.  A diagnosis is scary.  Your head is spinning and now you have a lot to learn. We created our “MS 101” to hold your hand and walk you through the learning curve one step at a time.  This way you build an understanding of MS and become prepared to make decisions about your treatment options, connect with others, and find additional resources.

Through MS101 and other resources, you will be able to:

• Understand MS.

MS is complicated and variable.  Our goal is to educate you, your family, and your medical team about the disease using the benefit of the latest research findings and clinical expertise.  Once you have a strong foundation, you will be better able to assess information you find elsewhere and make better decisions for your health and treatment.

• Explore your treatment options.

The good news is that these days you have options.  The bad news is that planning the right treatment for you can be difficult and complex.  We give you an overview of treatments, their pros and cons, and the questions you should ask your doctors and yourself before choosing one, none, or a combination of them.  Getting smarter online is great but it is not a substitute for a real, live doctor or nurse.  Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider for any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.  Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this site.

• Advocate for yourself.

The more you know the more effective you will be at getting the best possible medical care.  We give practical guidance on how to assemble and work with your medical team.

• Connect with others.

Have a question?  Just want to share?  Come join us on Facebook.  It’s a great place to connect with others who are living with MS a safe, non-threatening environment.  And if you’re not ready to put your name on it, then just “like” us and you’ll get our news and updates.

• Find additional resources.

There is a lot of information on the web—it ranges from good to outdated to just plain dangerous.  We’ve searched the web for good information and direct patients to the best of it has to offer.  By connecting you with these resources, you’ll get a sense of the other organizations and resources available to you.

• Live a full and happy life.

A diagnosis of MS doesn’t mean life has to be put on hold. MS and the disabilities that can accompany it are challenging, but life goes on. TurnFirst distills the experience and wisdom of patients who have lived—and thrived—with MS to help you find your own path ahead.