I used to sing and dance in musicals, act in commercials, model in fashion shows, work multiple jobs cheer-lead, ride my horse, lift weights and I obtained 3 college degrees. I was a very goal-oriented young lady with huge hopes and dreams. However, just as I set out to complete my Master’s Degree, I was stopped in my tracks by Progressive Multiple Sclerosis and Late-Chronic Lyme Disease.
Although I was determined not to allow these illnesses stand in my way, I was unable to return to work or even care for my own daily needs. Once an extremely active, unbreakable person, I now struggle just to do my therapies, go to doctor appointments or shower. In addition to MS and Lyme, I also now live with Chemical Sensitivities and Traumatic Brain Injury.
My husband, Wayne, shared my story with friends and family through the internet, but was shocked to suddenly hear from people all over the world. Wayne quickly found out that I was not alone in my battles with illness, losses and challenges with loved ones understanding. Inspired by my challenges and the desire to help others, Wayne founded the Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) which reaches around the globe to people like myself. IDA provides encouragement, education and support through pamphlets, booklets, videos, radio, seminars, events and an online social network.