Thank you from the MS foundation beneficiary, Lois Penler

Lois is a 62 year old retired nurse. She was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in May of 2009. Her battle with the disease began when she noticed that her right leg felt numb. This symptom lasted for approximately 6 months before she sought medical advice. She had an MRI which diagnosed the disease. She was followed by neurology at Brigham & Woman’s Hospital. After approximately 1 year she had a significant exacerbation. Lois says, “I sought out the advice of my coworker and friend Susana Viera, who recommended I see Dr Jonathan Martin at the Sturdy Memorial Hospital MS Clinic. Initially I was able to ambulante using I a walker, but my gait and balance over time worsened. Currently, my MS has progressed to where my left leg is almost as weak as the right. Though my porch only has three steps (one down to a landing and then two more) I was having a very hard time getting in and out of the house. I have fallen in my house and was afraid I would fall going outside. I thought that soon I wouldn’t be able to get out at all. I looked for help with a ramp and could not find what I needed. I asked Susana if she knew anyone who could help defer the costs. The foundation offered to pay for my ramp. My life is so much better now. The quality of life has drastically improved. I now have no fears of getting in and out of my home safely using my wheelchair. Because of the Susana Viera MS Foundation, my life has improved one hundred percent. Even if I’m not going out, I look out the window to admire my new ramp! I am so grateful and thankful. Feeling blessed. Susana, my earth angel, and her foundation saved me!!! Thank you Susana and your supporters!”