Hello there! My name is Renee Newman and I am a proud member of the LD18 Democrats! You know me. I’m the person walking around the meetings with a walker, leaning on everyone in my path, wall walking, sitting at the entrance of the meetings doing badges and taking pictures. I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2006, after experiencing symptoms for 15 years prior. MS has changed my entire life. I was a Jr High teacher (special education, LD,EH) at Valley View School in South Phoenix when suddenly I couldn’t feel my whole lower torso. I was falling a lot. Then I had incontinence. That’s when I had to stop teaching. I loved teaching. It was my life. No one knew why this was happening to me. It was very scary.
Luckily I had many college degrees. That helped. I was lucky. I was a Microsoft instructor teaching teachers to use computers; I worked for Tesseract in educational technology; I was a full time faculty at NAU in the Center for Academic Excellence; and I worked and retired from the Arizona Department of Education as an Educational Specialist. I would be doing great in a job, only to be sidelined by paralysis, balance, and other symptoms. Then I would quit my job and pick up a new one when the symptoms subsided.
Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system which interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. MS affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide.
I am scooting in the NMSS Walk 2017 at the Phoenix Zoo on November 4, 2017. It would be great if you could join me! TEAM RENEE 2017. If not, I am accepting donations for my personal walk also. Having MS has affected my entire life. I can no longer work or drive or walk without a walker or scooter. Please support me in this effort to find a cure for MS.
Walk MS connects people living with MS and those who care about them.