Jillian has been experiencing MS-like symptoms for two years, and has been tested for several auto-immune disorders including RA, Lupus and MS. To date, the others have been ruled out, but MS has not. Either way, she does not let the fear of the unknown stop her from pursuing her dreams. From the time she was a young child, Jillian has been developing critical skills that will allow her to achieve any goal she sets for herself. When Jillian was three years old, her mother was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Over the years, Jillian’s responsibilities have spanned from helping bathe her mother to washing her hair and even dressing at times. Because of limited finances due to the impact of MS on her mother’s employment status, the National MS Society scholarship means Jillian is able to further her education and continue moving her life forward. Inspired by her mother, who was a school nurse for 20 years, Jillian seeks a teaching career that would allow her to work closely with children and be a positive influence in their lives.