Turning Point is pleased to highlight our programming for people living with MS at an MS Open House on Thursday, July 23 from 4:30 to 7:30 pm. Informal tours of Turning Point’s comfortable living room and group rooms will be available and light refreshments will be served. Wendy Booker, our featured speaker, will offer her presentation from 6:00 to 7:00 pm. A bit about Wendy:
In June of 1998, the mother of three was diagnosed with relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS) after experiencing balance problems, blurred vision and numbness on her left side. With her sights set high, Wendy committed to a healthy diet, exercise and drug therapy in an effort to one day complete her conquest with the summit of Mt. Everest, the highest mountain in the world.
Wendy believes that, by leading through example, she may eventually inspire others to also take charge of their own obstacles head on. In 2004 Wendy became the first woman with MS to ever conquer the 20,320-foot summit of Mt. McKinley and proved to the world that her disease would not keep her from living her dreams. Wendy relates her experience of scaling Mt. McKinley, saying that it typified her experience with MS; "it’s hard, it’s steep, it’s scary, we don’t always get to the top (and sometimes) we have to do things more than once."
To date, Wendy has scaled 6 mountains and hopes to complete her mission of the seven summits in 2009 with Mt. Everest. Since her diagnosis, Wendy has also participated in nine marathons and has served as captain of the Marathon Strides Against MS team for the Boston-Area National MS Society.
Today, Wendy travels frequently to share her inspirational personal story with others living with MS and is a testament to the power of positive attitude and determination.
Turning Point is grateful to Teva Neuroscience for making this MS Open House, Wendy’s presentation and the MS programming that Turning Point offers possible. See our Community Calendar on our website for upcoming MS programs.