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Every patient has a story.

The "I'm Not Average" campaign features fellow Americans whose lives have been impacted by treatments and cures for debilitating, chronic, or rare diseases.

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I'm Not Average: Deborah G.

Condition:
Multiple Sclerosis


Age:
51



I was diagnosed with Relapsing Remitting Multiple Sclerosis (MS) when I turned 27. My legs had lost their feeling from the waist down.  It was a shock, but fortunately I was able to regain most of the feeling back in my legs after two years.   I went on to get married and I am a mother of an 11 year old.  I worked and built a career as a Trade Show Marketing professional.   I also earned my MBA and a Masters of Science in Marketing, all of this while living with MS and teaching Chemistry as an Adjunct professor.  Two years ago, my MS advanced and became secondary progressive, I started losing my ability to maintain my memory for words.  I have started taking medication and I am still trying to rebuild the brain structure I have lost due to the innumerable lesions in my brain.  Every day, I read a book and that is slowly rebuilding a lot of my vocabulary, but it is not perfect. I continue to teach Sunday School, as I have for the last 20 years.  Today, I am 51 and have hope because the scientific discoveries in the past 23 years are amazing and I am still flying through the world with more energy than most people. Some days I have to slow down, but I try to keep moving with joy and passion.  No one is guaranteed to have everything, but if you live a life with purpose you can give back to this life and have fun.  Some days I play volleyball with my daughter and I participate in art projects.  I cook, I clean, and I continue to go forward with one foot in front of the other.  

Condition:
Multiple Sclerosis


Age:
51


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