Name: Doris Matchett
Diagnosed: In the 70’s, but I had MS before doctors were that aware of it.
Occupation: Former English teacher
Hobby: My passion is trying to improve paratransit.
What movement means to me: Being able to move around in my community and in my life. I’m very grateful that people who are maybe beyond having research help them at this point can also be supported by physical assistance from the Society. It’s allowed me to live independently.
One thing I’ve learned about MS that I want to tell you: It’s not the same for any two people.
What I’ve done to Join the Movement: In addition to paratransit, I have lobbied the state and federal governments for better health care, affordable housing and accessibility to jobs. I also represent people with MS at Fidos for Freedom, an assistance dog training program.
The time I thought Linus, my assistance dog, was going to get us both in trouble: We had jury duty. I tried to keep Linus away from the breakfast table but when I turned to get some water, he snatched a muffin. Later that week, we got a big envelope from the court. Inside were two certificates of appreciation for performing an important duty of American citizenship, one for me and one for Linus. Having an assistance dog does lend levity to your life.
What I’m doing: Talking to legislators. And, I’d like to help my chapter organize an open house.