I work for the National MS Society as the Manager of the Online Community. The work that I do with the Society is my true passion; one that I am fully committed to and view as my life's work. In 2006, I was diagnosed with MS. At the time I was in the middle of a career change and just starting out in a new job as a Medical Coder when I experienced an exacerbation so profound that I ended up in the hospital for a few weeks. It was then that my life changed dramatically. I lost everything I had worked hard for. I’ll be honest-- I was petrified and the first year was difficult but I managed to get through it. Three years after my diagnosis I wanted to “get back on the proverbial horse” as they say and make this diagnosis mean something. So, I went back to school to obtain a psychology degree and a few years after that started working with an amazing organization doing exactly what I love doing; being there for others and showing them that regardless what hurdles life throws at you, you can still make the best of what life has to offer. I've learned that it may have to be done differently but it still can be done!