Sunday, February 26, 2012

Patient Success Story - Jo Anne Brown

In November of 2011, for some unknown reason, I took my sister up on an idea to join a training group through Fleet Feet, Schererville, IN. We met several great people including our main trainer-coach, Steve Hoye. We would be walking/jogging 3 times a week at various intervals. The goal was that after 10 weeks of training we would walk/jog a 5K.
"Well", you might say, "Why is that such a big deal?" I have MS! "Yes", MS and that is not an abbreviation for Mississippi.....I was diagnosed in 2000. As a part of our training we were given several brochures, business cards and presentations from various sport "gurus". I went to my first two weeks of training and thought, "Wow, this isn't going to be too bad." Just as silently as the MS came over me, so did some major tightening and cramping of my calves to the point where I could barely move. It seems a slate of issues became apparent including knee pain and hamstrings to boot. With MS you don't like to tell people you have it; you want people to get to know you and not your illness. So, I mentioned to Steve, our trainer-coach, that I was having some problems (I didn't tell him about the MS.) He suggested that I see Dr. Tiffany Bozovich. I made an appointment and Dr. Tiffany gave me a "Free Screening". I might add that at first I thought she couldn't possibly be the doctor as she looked about 12! I told her that I had MS and wanted to know if the cramping was due to the MS or just the new exercising. She was very reassuring and examined me carefully and gave me several exercises I could do at home to help alleviate the symptoms. Dr. Tiffany and her advice made me feel so much better that I have continued to see her on a weekly basis and walked/jogged my first 5K this past Sunday without any pain.
I would like to recommend Dr. Tiffany to you, as I now refer to her as my MS.....my MIRACLE SUPPORTER! It is obvious that Tiffany loves her work and is extremely supportive of her patients and their needs; she has been a source of reference and of strength. If any of you watch or have watched the Biggest Loser you will know that this season is themed, "No Excuses"! Because of Dr. Bozovich, I have adopted this as my own mantra! No excuses.....as I am looking forward to a new 13 week series of training sessions and my next 5K in April thanks to Dr. Bozovich, who I know will be there with me each step of the way.