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NY Reader Has Life Beyond MS



A column I wrote weeks ago about the Service Dog Project (and its Great Danes) prompted responses from two Niagara-Wheatfield (NY) Tribune readers. One of them, Monica Mary Shields of North Tonawanda, New York, also shared with me her personal experiences with multiple sclerosis (MS).

According to the National Institutes of Health, MS is an "unpredictable disease" of the central nervous system, one ranging in severity from "relatively benign to somewhat disabling to devastating, as communication between the brain and other parts of the body is disrupted." Most people with MS have limb muscle weakness and balance difficulties, which can greatly affect walking. Many have cognitive impairments.

In a telephone interview, 46-year-old Shields said, "In 2000, I was working and living in Yosemite National Park (Calif.) as a bartender. The nursing staff there was more prepared for tourists that had colds rather than MS. I was having bladder and bowel malfunction and was losing body strength. Working was tough. The day before being diagnosed (March 2000), I was driving to Fresno to get my windshield replaced and (because of weakness) was having to lift (by hand) my right leg to go from the brake to the gas pedal."

She eventually entered a physical rehab center, where she regained use of her arms. Doctors initially thought she would never be able to walk, but after her sister from New York visited, she began taking steps using a cane. She was diagnosed with the relapsing-remitting form of MS and soon returned home to New York.

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Daniel J. Vance is a licensed professional counselor and national certified counselor from Vernon Center, Minn. His weekly newspaper column Disabilities has been published in more than 260 newspapers.

Daniel J. Vance may be reached at www.danieljvance.com



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