Laina Turner-Molaski is a faculty chair with Capella University, the author of both fiction and nonfiction books, and is a business consultant. Laina’s mother was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in 1985. After her passing in 2000, Laina became committed to bringing more awareness to the disease.
You can reach Dr. Turner-Molaski through the website The MS Project at Themsproject.com
March is Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month, and that has special significance to you. Would you like to share why with the readers here?
My mother had multiple sclerosis so I am committed to doing my part in a grassroots effort to raise awareness for the disease and help educate others.
Would you tell us more about The MS Project: Orange is the New Pink and what you hope it will provide for readers?
The book is a compilation of stories by people who either have MS or have a loved one with MS. Some stories are lighthearted and some are very raw. It is an emotional read but also very inspiring.
What is TheMSProject.com and what does it provide for people who join there?
The website is a companion to the book and iPhone app. It is a social community that allows people to interact with one another and have discussions on relevant topics. It will provide education and support for one another. As the community grows as will awareness for MS.
You’ve also created an iPhone app! We know how iPhone users love their apps … What does the app do?
The iPhone app links to the blog on the website and allows people immediate access to what is being talked about. My hope is that it helps people stay connected. The app is .99 cents and will also help raise funds for MS research.
With the book, website, and app launched, what’s next for you and for The MS Project?
I will be attending many MS walks around the country promoting The MS Project and helping raise money for MS. My intent is to put out a book a year so I will soon be working on the content for next years book.
Where can people find you on the Internet?
They can go to Themsproject.com or my personal site at Lainaturner.com.
Is there anything you would like to add?
I appreciate you taking the time to interview me. Even if this interview never went to print I would have been able to tell one person—you—about MS. That is a success.
Thank you so much for your time. I wish you the best of success.