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Bonnie Seibert- Gaulton

mark towery

I am a licensed clinical social worker by trade.  I have spent the greater part of my life working with many people striving to be the best that they can be.  The range spanned from small children learning how to be successful in school, to adult parents working to kick their drug habits so they could be better parents.  I have been in the prestigious homes of the privileged to the ghettos of San Diego.  I have traveled around the county lecturing teachers on how to help their students.  I was always zipping around somewhere.

Then I found myself battling to be the best I can be while fighting the multiple sclerosis that has attacked my body.  Despite my relentless exercising, yoga classes, daily shots and medications, I found myself being stuck.  I was stuck in my chair, stuck in my house, and stuck in my life.  How did I go from being a productive, active contributing member of society to one living within the four walls of my house?  Lack of mobility and depression struck hard.  I couldn’t get to where I needed to go from work to being an active part of my children’s lives, to a simple task like going to the grocery story.  So, I was dealing with the loss of not only my body, but of my work identity, my identity of being a parent, and of myself.