Brandee Evans work on P Valley has helped bring visibility and humanity to the lives and dancers and adult entertainers. Off-screen, she hopes to do the same for people suffering from multiple sclerosis, a disorder that hits very close to home for her. Brandee has been a caregiver for her mother for years due to her MS diagnosis.
Brandee recently teamed up with Genentech, an American biotechnology corporation “dedicated to pursuing groundbreaking science to discover and develop medicines for people with serious and life-threatening diseases.” Brandee says that the black community is unaware of how much it is impacted by MS and wants to bring more awareness by using her and her mother’s story. In her series MS Visibility Breaking Barriers, Brandee expresses how passionate she is as a caregiver for her mother, who has been fighting the illness. “I knew it’d be big, but I didn’t realize it would reach so many people,” she said of her series.
When discussing how MS has impacted her personally, Brandee says that she and her mother are constantly in and out of the hospital. The actress revealed she received a call on set while filming movie that her mother was sent to the hospital. “It is a rollercoaster,” Brandee reveals. “You never know what’s gonna happen with MS. It’s been difficult but so empowering to me as well. I just feel like if my momma can keep going, then why can’t I.”
The reality of MS in the black community, according to Brandee, is the amount of information that people don’t know. She says that even in the hospital, she had to educate the staff on things her mother needed. “The room was too hot. The plastic pillows. So many things we were having to educate them on as nurses.” According to the Mayo Clinic, “Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a potentially disabling disease of the brain and spinal cord (central nervous system). In MS, the immune system attacks the protective sheath (myelin) that covers nerve fibers and causes communication problems between your brain and the rest of your body.”
Brandee says that MS impacted her work as well, and she had to coach doctors in between takes during a recent movie shoot. “Every day is a new battle, but that is life. It is exhausting”