About me

I’m a city girl living in Toronto. I love books, wine, galleries and gossip. I believe in always having an up-to-date passport and in doing the thing you always said you would.
My name is Ardra and I have MS.

Writer, speaker, rollator super-model.

Ardra Shephard is the influential Canadian blogger behind Tripping On Air. Ardra recently partnered with award-winning television, film and production company Shaftesbury Films to develop and star in a scripted series whose main character has MS. The show promises to confront society’s narrow definition of what it means to be fabulous with Ardra’s trademark style, humour, and sensibility.

Ardra is a script consultant for AMI’s television series about dating and disability There’s Something You Should Know, and has been featured on Sickboy Podcast. Ardra is the subject of a new WebMD produced documentary-short to be released in the fall of 2019.

Ardra is regularly sought after as a writer and speaker and has contributed to the National MS Society’s Momentum Magazine, msconnection.org, The Mighty, healthline.com, xojane, Yahoo Lifestyle, and others. She was named one of the top MS bloggers “in the universe” by feedspot.com, and Yahoo Lifestyle reported that @ms_trippingonair is the number one chronic illness account to follow on Instagram. In 2019 Ardra was the keynote speaker at the MS Foundation of the Cayman Islands gala fundraiser, and in 2020 she will travel to Washington as the keynote speaker for the MS Society’s On The Move event.

With an international reach and reputation, Ardra is a leader in the MS community; she is on a mission to change minds about what it means to live with a serious illness, to have disability positively reflected as part of a diverse society, and to empower those with chronic illness to stake their place in the world.

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