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WHO CARES: Chronic Illness in America
WHO CARES: Chronic Illness in America

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MS Patient
Fairfax, VA


I am glad that the chronic illness issue is brought out to the public and that Multiple Sclerosis is finally considered under this chapter. Most of the foundations dealing with chronic illness think of heart conditions, diabetes, asthma but never include MS in them. As an MS patient you have not only to deal with your very capricious disease but with the ignorance of those that surround you in your work place, and can't understand why you can't walk today if yesterday you were doing fine, or a boss that tells you "I'm tired of you seeing you sick," even though you are doing your job and only using a cane to be able to move around. I hope that more programs about chronic conditions come out so that people can learn that we, as patients, are trying to get a normal life and we only need a little bit of help to do so.

YOUR STORIES
Zoe Albright, Stroke
Betty Bennett, Kidney Disease
Roxanne Bedford-Curbow, Seizures
Valerie Brekke, Fibromyalgia
Lily Casura, Chronic Fatigue
Billie Davis, Peripheral Neuropathy
Penny Day, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Julia DeJesus, Seizure Disorder
MS Patient, Fairfax, VA
Charisse Farmer, Hydrocephalus
Katherine Fielder, Chronic Pain
Zoe Francis, Juvenile Diabetes
James Hines, Hemochromatosis
William Holford, Emphysema
Nancy K, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Patricia Lawson, Natural Rubber Latex Allergy
James Locke, Crohn's Disease
Gary Maslow, various
Kathy Matthews, Parkinson's
Andrea Meyer, MS
Gina Owens, Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome
Alicia Salas, Chronic Pain
Allison Scott, Chronic Pain
Deborah Serrano, Stroke
Becky Shively, Phenylketonuria
Jennifer Smallin, Type I Diabetes
Joanna Southerland, Diabetes
Alina Valdes, Cystic Fibrosis
Elizabeth Wertz, Seizures

WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
Jose Pedro Greer, Physician
W.F. Nagle, Physician
Ronda Riebman, Exercise
Cathleen Schilling, Case Manager
Jim Sykes

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