Name: Linda Wyman
Diagnosed: January 1990
Occupation: Retired. I was a teacher, a corporate trainer and a Realtor. It’s all teaching, and I guess I’m still doing that, because I teach people about dealing with MS.
Hobbies: Writing, reading and a lot of volunteering.
What movement means to me: Moving forward to find a cause and a cure.
One thing I’ve learned about MS that I want to tell you: I know all kinds of people that I wouldn’t know if our paths hadn’t crossed because of MS. So I can think of some positive things to say about it. If we have to live with MS, this is the best time in history because of the therapies now available and ongoing research. We all have reasons to think positively about living with MS.
What I’ve done to Join the Movement: MS has left me legally blind and I’m familiar with assistive technologies like screen readers designed especially for people who are blind or visually impaired. I served on the Steering Committee for the MS Technology Collaborative which developed the Web site myMSmyWAY.com. I run a support group, and I serve on my chapter’s government relations committee.
What I did on Christmas vacation: Went to see my 18-month-old granddaughter in Vietnam. My daughter works for a nonprofit there. It’s a beautiful place. Don’t let MS stop you from traveling!
What I’m doing: Talking to legislators. There are some serious budget issues in our state, and important legislation may be delayed.