• State: Maryland
  • Diagnosis: primary progressive multiple sclerosis
  • Date of diagnosis: 1994

I was diagnosed with primary progressive multiple sclerosis about 29 years ago. My doctor recommended physical and occupational therapy. After bouncing around to different places, I finally ended up at Kennedy Krieger. It was a perfect fit. When I first started coming, we met at the old building, and eventually moved to the state-of-the-art building where we are currently. Every therapist that I have had, over the years, is the best. They are well-trained, compassionate people. They work out a course of treatment that takes into account my ideas and their ideas.

After being discharged, we go up to the sixth-floor Wellness Center. The kindness and caring toward the patients continues. The staff there work in coordination with the physical and occupational therapists, so when we use the bike or use the standing apparatus, everyone knows the parameters to use. The Wellness Center has become a social group for me. I’ve made such wonderful friends there. We formed a singing group called the Standettes—we perform every Christmas or whenever asked.

I’ve even taken advantage of the personal trainers. They, too, are in touch with the physical and occupational therapists to give us the best course of treatment.

A special shout-out to the outstanding doctors, nurses and support staff at Kennedy Krieger. I am so glad I found all of you.