Afflicted with multiple sclerosis, violinist Denise Neal shares her inspirational story

An avid listener and supporter of Radio RMN, Denise Neal is truly a positive role model. Several of her concert violin recordings are heard on today’s broadcast.

Talented BA ’70 musician glows with optimism
by Shari Stern
White Rock Lake Weekly
Dec. 6, 2011
In 1995, at the age of 41, [Denise] Neal was diagnosed with the most severe type of multiple sclerosis. She lost her ability to play the violin a year later. From her bed and wheelchair, she remains active and involved while living a full, stimulating life.

In August of this year, Neal arranged a reunion in Dallas of the acclaimed 1970 Bryan Adams National Honors Orchestra, and more than 80 alumni attended. “I credit Facebook and the help of many friends for the event’s success,” she said. “It was one of the best things I ever did!”

Multiple sclerosis
U.S. National Library of Medicine
Last reviewed: September 26, 2011
Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease that affects the brain and spinal cord.

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