Nearly one million in the United States live with multiple sclerosis, or MS. MS is a disease that affects the central nervous system, impacting the signals between the brain, spinal cord, and the rest of the body.

Sheila is one of them. She recently underwent surgery on her back. The surgery and hospital stay, in addition to her MS, left Sheila weak and unable to return home safely. To regain her function and independence she admitted to Gateway Rehabilitation Hospital.

Two individuals stood out to Sheila during her stay: Marissa, her occupational therapist, and Ray, her physical therapist. Sheila credits them for helping her the most. Upon completion of her stay, Sheila returned home at an independent level.

Since returning home, Sheila has been making masks to help with the COVID-19 crisis. She also made her famous chocolate chip cookies and delivered them to the Gateway staff. “I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for Gateway,” she said. “I love Gateway and would recommend it to anyone needing rehab.”