I most definitely didn't realize it at the time, but I've been groomed for my current role for over 30 years. It likely started during my teenage years when I contracted the Epstein-Barr virus and developed into an illness I didn't discover until my late 30s.
Post college my desire to serve the community shifted from community policing to promoting high quality health care. My MS diagnosis came in 2014 but outside of my family and close friends, I kept the news to myself. In 2018, my employer of nearly 20 years underwent a corporate layoff so my priority shifted to the care of my family and myself.
I became more mindful of meal planning and the importance of physical activity. I started exercising with a personal trainer three days a week, only to discover the extent to which my MS had affected my physical capabilities.
Since then, I've established a routine of regular exercise and successfully managed a household of five, all the while coping with the increasing challenges of my MS disability. Now, six years down the road, I'm sharing my experience with multiple sclerosis on a broader platform. I need to become a louder voice promoting the need for research and solutions. For both medical advancements and the ways I’ve discovered to make life easier with a chronic illness.
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