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Chineke Phillips

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Chineke Phillips

I was diagnosed with MS in 2009 and subsequently lost my job after 15 years in Finance. I moved to Topeka, Kansas from Dallas, Texas in 2010 for a marriage. After the move I began to have a relapse and ended up in a motorized wheelchair. The marriage lasted a year and my teenage daughter became my caregiver at the age of 14. I went to physical therapy continuously and eventually progressed from the wheelchair to a walker, walking canes and now a cane. Afterwards I relapsed every six months and was hospitalized each time with rounds of steroids. During each hospital visit I always brought my college books and wrote my papers for college. Reading and writing gave me hope that I could accomplish my goal. At one hospital visit I lost my vision and my teenaged daughter read assignments to me. Every year I questioned myself why should I keep going and I thought of the reward that I would eventually give myself. Reading helped my cognitive issues and attending classes gave me self-worth. My determination encouraged my daughter to attend college and she is studying to become a Physical Therapist. I moved to Wichita, Kansas because my daughter (caregiver) asked me to in order to be close to her while she went to college. I initially hesitated but the move was the best decision because we became study partners. I graduated in May 2016 and will eventually return for my Master's. Many people are inspired by my story and having the will to keep pressing on but I see myself as a person pressing through life and making the best of what God has given me. I used to say "why me?" and now I say "why not me?"
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