While training as an athlete, I completed my Ph.D., and I am now an assistant professor in human and organizational development at Vanderbilt University where I continue to do disability-related research, teach and mentor students. I am also one of the lucky ones because in my adult life, after living with TM for nearly 30 years, through a series of unfortunate medical complications, I rediscovered the TMA and doctors who are a part of our amazing neurology network. While these medical challenges in the past four years have been extremely challenging, I am grateful that one silver lining was joining the Board of Directors of the TMA. Part of my own mission in life is to show others what is possible and help them reach their fullest potential. I am honored to join the advocacy and education efforts with the Board of the TMA. To me, there is power in seeing someone like you and to be a resource for many parents of kids with TM, AFM, NMOSD and ADEM. The researcher in me hopes that myelitis research will continue to get more national attention and we will have more dedicated research dollars to grow and expand intervention and therapeutic opportunities.