Geniee – Teacher Aide

“The day I was diagnosed with MS my whole life as I knew it changed. I was a young, active mum with three children and spent most of my days busy running around with them. I never imagined that I would end up spending most of my days confined to a wheelchair.

My Neurologist at the time told me that I would never be able to walk or drive again or have the independence that I once had. I was very down heartened but very determined to prove everybody wrong.

With a lot of positivity, hard work and determination I slowly regained full use of my legs and was able to walk unaided again. For me that was one of the hardest things I have ever had to do. However, with a lot of strength and support from my family and friends, against all odds I did it.

In the last six years I have far exceeded all expectations. We also welcomed two more children to our family.

My goal was to return back to work and in the later months of October 2018; I was able to achieve that goal. I started work at Westland High School as a Teacher Aide.

When I was diagnosed, I knew my job choices were going to limited. But I did know one thing, I wanted to do a job that would make a difference. I feel by working with children I am achieving that, one student at a time.

I often get asked how I manage to balance raising five children, my job and living a life with MS? My answer is pretty simple: if I can learn how to walk again, I can do anything.”

To read more stories see My Story. My Strength. My MS.