Multiple sclerosis is a crippling disease that affects two-to-three times more women than men. But Kami Sjoberg, who was diagnosed years ago, doesn't believe the cards are stacked against her.
Fourteen years ago, Sjoberg experienced an MS attack one month before her wedding that affected her abi.....
Fourteen years ago, Sjoberg experienced an MS attack one month before her wedding that affected her ability to walk, talk and see: daily necessities that are often taken for granted. Over the next four weeks, she fought back with the help of her fiance Scott, determined to dawn her white gown and unwilling to postpone the festivities.
“After a two-week stay in the hospital and a couple weeks back at home, I was able to walk down the aisle,” Sjoberg said. “Dealing with MS makes me feel very, very blessed to do great things for other people.”
Since 2010, Sjoberg and her husband have owned and operated a Right at Home franchise throughout the Kansas City area. The company offers in-home care and assistance to the elderly and disabled. She uses her personal story and her experiences as a driving force for her entrepreneurial spirit.
“We felt like we could relate to families and what they are going through; we've been there," she said. "When I couldn't walk, Scott was my caregiver. A lot of our clients are losing the ability to do things for themselves, and we know exactly how that feels.”
Sjoberg understands the struggles of patients dealing with a myriad of ailments and disabilities, but fighting her own battle with MS keeps her going.
“Spending time in the hospital myself helped me learn that if you're frail and don’t have a support system, you need people to stay with you," she said. “That’s why I love this business, even though it can be quite hard.”