About Me

I’ve had Multiple Sclerosis since 1988. When I was first diagnosed I could not feed, dress or take care of myself. Now I can.  I had a great desire to survive and still do. I am challenged walking. I’ve been called a “cripple.” I use a walker or wheelchair or scooter depending on the circumstance. I am here to tell you it is possible. You can do it. It is NOT easy, and is possible. You can do it!!! We can do it!!!

Since I was a little girl, my Aunt Theresa and Aunt Karen were 2nd moms to me. I lived with them while attending Rutgers. They fed me, cared for me, and loved me. Aunt Karen went in the nursing home and then it was Aunt Theresa and I. Aunt Theresa went to visit Aunt Karen everyday till she died in 2000. I was married and living in Florida and heard Aunt Theresa needed me in 06. I said,”bring her to me.” I took care of her for 2 years. When she arrived she was thin and had dementia. She needed my attention and love 24/7. I watched her 24/7. It was the hardest 2 years of my life and the best. I was able to give back to a woman who gave me so much.

Perception is interesting…Aunt Theresa was 92-94 years old at the time but was in better physical condition body wise than me. My mind was stronger, but her body was better. She would push me in a wheelchair and we could spend time together. One time in Sears, a lady looked at us and said…it should be reversed, you(pointing at me) should be pushing her(Aunt Theresa). Aunt Theresa was very upset at this judgement.

3 Responses to About Me

  1. Kim,

    I found your story compelling and interesting. It brought back a treasured memory. His name was Mr. Wilson and he live next door to me. Mr. Wilson and Tim. Remember “Tool Time?” Okay, so much for funny.
    Mr. Wilson contracted multiple sclerosis in 1946 and it never stopped him. He was a fighter all the way. “Rage, rage into the night by Dylan Thomas comes to mind. My friend Mr. Wilson was an inspiration to me and I learned a great deal from him. His history speaks for itself. He started his own machine shop while he was learning to live with MS. It became very successful and continues to this day. He arranged for his employees to buy the company. There is so much more but let me leave with this. He past away in his 83 year. I miss my friend.

  2. msathlete says:

    Kim

    Thank you for sharing your story. I too have multiple sclerosis and am determined to beat it.

    Your determination to “do it” is inspiring.

    susan@msathlete.org

    • dodgerkim4 says:

      I’ve had MS 23 years now. I started using a scooter in the last 5 years or so. I think what matters most is knowing your individual value. People seem to want to discount others they do not understand to make themselves feel better. Find your core, your purpose…your value. If you know who you are, when others try to discount you…they can’t. You are not going to believe A lie if you know the truth.

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