A photo of participant Teresa White overlaying a blue and white background

Tell us about yourself.

I am originally from California but have lived in Alabama for 24 years after coming here with a job transfer for my husband. 

I am the proud mother of five, and since they are all out of the nest, my husband and I are in the stage of our life where we are now the primary caretakers for our elderly mothers.

I have my own business and work from home as an administrative assistant for several individuals and do so completely virtually.  

I enjoy traveling, being outdoors, spending time with my husband and dogs, reading and listening to music. My faith is a vital part of my life and I enjoy the various volunteer opportunities my husband and I participate in throughout our local area.

I was diagnosed with MS in 2010 but thankful to say that so far, I have had no progression of my disease since the original diagnosis.

When did you connect with NCHPAD?

I signed up to participate in the MENTOR program through NCHPAD after receiving information about it at the annual MS Walk held in Huntsville, AL.

What NCHPAD programs have you been part of?

I have been a part of MENTOR, some Mentor Alumni Exercise sessions, GROWTH, State of Slim Everybody and now am an assistant coach for State of Slim Everybody.

What did you like about any of the programs?

I have always enjoyed the varied information provided, which covers every aspect of how to approach well-being and coping with the challenges one may face with any “disability.”

I have learned how proper diet, exercise, mindfulness, self-care, and something as simple as breathing or meditating can positively impact my life and lessen the stressors I may experience due to my MS. The presenters are always knowledgeable, kind, patient and engaging.

Tell us why you would recommend a NCHPAD program or NCHPAD Connect to someone else.

I loved having access to experts and scientifically based research studies presenting all the pros and cons of diet and exercise. NCHPAD program content is personalized. Being provided with specialized or alternative activities better suited to specific physical or cognitive disabilities is invaluable. 

I really appreciate the ability to save the videos from each session I’ve participated in for later review. I find myself going back into any situation that warrants a “re-boot” for my own activity level or outlook.

What brings you joy?

Acknowledging my daily blessings, spending time with my loved ones (human and furry family) and being able to wake up each day knowing that although I have MS, it does not define me.

I feel empowered by the knowledge I have gained through NCHPAD-sponsored programs, and this all brings me great joy as it allows me to focus on life with a positive outlook.

What else would you like us to know?

The power of NCHPAD Connect is amazing. While I am not limited in any of my daily activities due to my MS, I’ve had the opportunity to work with others who have more physical limitations. NCHPAD provides information and options for ALL levels of ability and tailors the information to the recipients. This is something that I believe makes NCHPAD a unique and valuable resource for any individual with a physical disability.