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Veterans with Multiple Sclerosis Share Their Stories

We are fortunate to have Veterans share their stories of living with MS. These stories are filled with life's challenges, the value of family and friends, lots of hopefullness, with a little sense of humor thrown in. We hope you will enjoy reading these stories and in a small way feel connected to others that are living with this disease. If you would like to share your story with other Veterans, please email MSCentersofExcellence@va.gov.

  • Dave Anderson -- Lake Shore, MN shares that an outside perspective can help restart future planning. (2009)
  • Dave Anderson -- Lake Shore, MN provides an update on his experiences living with MS. (2012)
  • Nolan "Scott" Bates -- Muskogee, OK shares his passion for creating beautiful artwork that inspires. (2012)
  • Alan Campbell -- Alexandria, VA shares his emotional challenges of living with MS. (2008)
  • Charles Cunningham -- Cheyenne, WY shares how the outdoors can make a difference in your life. (2014)
  • Tonia Davis -- Salt Lake City, UT shares how she strives to be the best she can be. (2011)
  • Jeanne Goldy-Sanitate -- Rehoboth Beach, DE shares how adaptive athlete sports changed her life. (2012)
  • Kim Harrison -- Jackson, MS shares how she has overcome the challenges of MS (2014)
  • Jeff Jensen -- LaPorte, IN shares the importance of getting involved and living life. (2014)
  • Kenneth Johnson -- Los Angeles, CA shares how he found the strength to fight back. (2017)
  • Charles Kerr -- Oklahoma City, OK shares his experience in the military and with VA care. (2012)
  • Alberto Manfredi -- Ponce, PR shares the difference others have made in his life. (2011)
  • Ivan Nance -- Juneau, AK shares how he faces MS with his family's help. (2010)
  • Suzanne O'Connell -- Floyd, VA shares  the importance of community. (2016)
  • Judy Overholt -- Myrtle Beach, SC shares that competing isn't just about winning. (2013)
  • Brian Pettyjohn -- Olympic Peninsula, WA shares his experiences helping disabled Veterans. (2015)
  • Dawn Rittmeyer -- Winnebago, IL shares how she has overcome life's challenges. (2016)
  • Edward Robertson -- Green Cove Springs, FL shares his experiences with adaptive sports. (2016)
  • Michael Sack -- Waldorf, MD shares his travel adventures. (2012)
  • William Stavrakos -- Bay Shore, NY shares his experiences living with MS for over 70 years. (2015)
  • Rex Stephens -- Winston, OR shares how he stays as active as he can. (2008)
  • Lindsay Stearns -- Everett, WA shares how she has learned to breathe in life. (2012)
  • Mary Stoll -- Whidbey Island, WA shares her blessings for all that she has had in her life. (2009)
  • Philip White -- St. Louis, MO shares his thoughts on being your best. (2013)

MSCoE Staff:

  • Alicia Sloan -- MSCOE-West, Social Worker/Research Coordinator, Seattle, WA shares her challenges of riding in the Bike MS Ride with other MS providers and friends with MS.