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Tara’s Story (Multiple Sclerosis)

Tara's Story MSMy name is Tara, and I fight Multiple Sclerosis. I began having symptoms right after my son was born when I was 20. I have good days and bad, and my illness inhibits my ability to do the things I used to love. I was an athlete my whole life before this illness came to be. I played softball, did gymnastics, and was a cheerleader. I also played other sports and rode my bike miles upon miles. Then, after the birth of my son, that all changed.

Since my diagnosis, I’ve had a little girl to join my son. I endured a difficult marriage and still deal with a difficult divorce situation and went into a spiral of depression and points where I begged God to let me die. But He didn’t, so I am here today, and I fight for what I want from life.

Currently, I am an honor student in college and am enhancing my education to get off disability and become a functioning member of society again. I have chosen the field of Health Administration so that I can help those with medical problems get the help they need, so that they too may succeed in life and push through what life has handed down to them.

But I do not fight alone. My identical twin sister also has MS. We fight together. She is a former pageant winner who uses her platform to inform those that are not aware of the disease. I am 38 now, and the past 18 years, though they have been rough, have made me the person I am today!

Rhode Island
Submitted 03/12/2016

This story is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.

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  1. Brigitte Estelle Gaudreault

    To Tara,

    … Congrats to you for being such a wonderful person, a true positive fighter that keeps pushing her way through and through no matter what life serves you!

    With love from Quèbec, Canada
    Brigitte Estelle

  2. Janell Lentz

    Tara you are an inspiration. I’m also 38th and have two boys have had ms for 16 years . I have been nurse for 10 years now. My brother was just diagnosis with ms. Look me up on Facebook Janell Lubash Lentz.

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