My name is Mary Kellerbauer. My MS exposure started years ago when I worked in a nursing home. I cared for three MS patients who presented MS in three different ways. One patient I took care of for quite a few years. She was very insightful about life and MS. I could never figure out how she could live for so many years of MS with the majority of it being bed-bound. She encouraged me in my personal and professional life. She was an inspiration to me – living life the best that she could.
Little did I know that in 2006, I would be diagnosed with MS. Having a farming background and being a nurse, I continued to work full-time as a nurse at a local college and worked part-time on my Master's Degree.
In 2009, MS strongly suggested that I take a different fork in the road with my life. I have applied and been granted disability. I now give back to the community by doing volunteer work a few hours a week.
I am married George in 1992. We live in Oregon, Ohio. We have two full-of-life boys – Raymond and Henry. My family and house encompass my life most days. I am enjoying taking care of myself and my family.
I also take care of myself by teaching water aerobics at the local YMCA. This is another passion of mine. It reconnected me to working with a mature crowd, which is my true love.
I discovered MSWorld shortly after diagnosis. I first mostly posted on the message boards and then I discovered the community of the chat room.
MSWorld gave me people in live mode – at almost any time of the day – who truly understand you. This connected me to people with whom I could exchange information. I visit almost daily to get my connection with somebody who understands what I am going through and to share my knowledge. This has taken care of my teaching need also.
I cannot express enough how much MSWorld has given me and still gives me daily. I am very happy to be part of MSWorld family