Saray Stancic, MD, Part 1: How Nutrition And Activity Changed Her Multiple Sclerosis Journey

Reporter: Jake Remaly
Videographer: Tyler Mundhenk

Saray Stancic, MD, developed multiple sclerosis (MS) at age 28. The onset was sudden and acute. As a young medical resident on call, she was awakened one morning at 3:00 am to cover a call from the emergency room. But when she got up to respond, Dr. Stancic found she had lost the feeling in her legs. An emergency MRI showed MS lesions in her brain and spinal cord.

Her diagnosis was followed by a decade of struggle and disability with her disease. In an interview with The Multiple Sclerosis Journey, Dr. Stancic shared how she continued in her practice as an infectious disease specialist during that time and her ‘aha moment’ that changed how she approached her MS, how she decided to focus on lifestyle medicine as an approach to prevent and manage chronic illnesses.

Her experiences led her to produce a documentary film called “code blue, redefining American medicine,” which is screening to medical school audiences around the country.

Dr. Stancic is the founder and owner of Stancic Health and Wellness, LLC, and is board-certified in infectious diseases. Join her as she talks about her Multiple Sclerosis Journey.

In Part 1 of our interview, Dr. Stancic discusses her diagnosis, the progression of her MS, and her realization that lifestyle affected her quality of life.

At age 28, Saray Stancic, MD, was diagnosed with an acute presentation of multiple sclerosis.

Early on, Dr. Stancic struggled with disease progression and the side effects of her MS therapy. Within a short time, she was juggling multiple medications.

“Drowning in fatigue,” Dr. Stancic found ways to move on and empower herself to make things work.

I didn’t want people to see me as “doctor with MS,” I didn’t want to be a diagnosis.

Dr. Stancic explains how she began to examine the role of nutrition and wellness in managing her MS.

Examining the published literature, Dr. Stancic began gathering data to inform her approach to nutrition as an element in reducing MS disability.

More recent data indicate how managing comorbidities can have an impact on outcomes.

Dr. Stancic’s efforts began to change the dynamics of her MS management.