All my life I have been
very active and a big lover of sports both as a participant, a spectator and
the mother of athletes. During high
school I was on the track, softball, golf and a regional champion basketball
team. I was a marathon runner and a
double back diamond skater.
I was diagnosed in 1990
with MS. At that time, just getting an
accurate diagnosis was a big deal. We
now know that I have Secondary Progressive MS.
I started using a cane around 1997.
In 2000, I started using a wheelchair to help me navigate the distances
and the crowds at the Sydney Olympics. I
continued to use a wheelchair for long distances to allow me to do a lot more
things with family and friends. We lived
in Australia for three years. I did a lot.
When we moved back to New
York, I slowly used the wheelchair more often but never used it in the
house. Once I started falling multiple
times in the house, I knew I needed to bring the wheelchair indoors which
happened around 7 years ago. I am
presently confined to a wheelchair and am unable to stand by myself. My husband is a huge help in moving me and
helping with daily living. I also have a
woman who comes into our house five mornings a week to help with housekeeping,
laundry, cooking etc.
I have never felt that my
disability has held me back from enjoying life.
I had a long career working first after graduate school as a hospital
administrator at an academic medical center in Chicago. When we moved to New York I did Healthcare
Consulting in NYC. When our family was
being transferred to Australia for my husband’s work, I started working with a
friend who was starting an international education consulting business. I continued to work for that company until a
couple years ago. With the progression
of the MS, I wanted to dedicate more time to concentrating on my health and
since my husband was retired, it gave us more time to travel to see family and
friends. Other things that keep me busy include volunteer work, book club, making
videos for family and friends, perfecting my bridge game and organizing social functions
with friends and former work colleagues.
As briefly stated in my
Bio, we have and three boys. The oldest
is married and lives and works in NYC as an accountant for a hedge fund. His wife is a social worker. My second son is a first-year Neurology
resident at Barnes Jewish hospital in St. Louis. My having multiple sclerosis was a big factor
in him selecting neurology as his specialty.
My youngest son is a junior at the University of Arizona. He is a creative writing/psychology major. One thing that I am confident about is that
they will all be great husbands. Because
of my limitations, at a very young age, they learned how to help and be independent. All three are compassionate, empathetic and
While this disease has
been hard for us, it has also brought out the best in all of us. Even know I have this big mobility problem, I
would not trade my life for anyone's.