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My name is Katie and I am a tutor of students with disabilities, a mentor of engineering competition students, and an avid outdoors-lady that loves to run, climb, and explore the world but much of that changed as I have also been fighting Multiple Sclerosis (MS) for more than six years and it has not been all chasing rainbows and sunshine. Sometimes it feels like my life is moving at turtle speed.

On September 25th, 2011 I should have been celebrating my first wedding anniversary but instead I was in the hospital unable to feel anything from my waist down. It was then, after many and painful tests, that I received the devastating news that I had Multiple Sclerosis. I was truly afraid that I may never run again let alone walk on my own. Eventually, as is typical of Relapsing Remitting form of Multiple Sclerosis (RRMS), after treatment with high dose steroids and and more “taking it easy” than I ever really wanted, I was able to regain some feeling and function to the point that I could walk again. Sometimes I even felt like I was almost back to normal. Future relapses would affect my back and hands as well as my balance and remissions would allow me to heal a little but mostly required adapting to a “new normal”.

Updates (2)

July 31, 2016

Got my stem cells back! Overall tolerating procedure very well.
Thank you everyone for your support. It has made going through all of this much easier to know that I have so many people behind me.

July 14, 2016

I have started the treatment process you can follow my progress at


July 29, 2016

You're in our prayers, Katie! Keep up the great work! We're proud of you!

Luke, Linda, Hannah, Ellie, & Peter Hoeppner

July 20, 2016

Happy to know you are bold and strong to conquer this disease. You can do it Katie!! Would like to see you hiking on the trail again. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Tom and Linda Gorski

July 15, 2016

Keep up the strength and courage, Katie! We are praying for you and Jon!!

Jordan and Hisami Hoeppner

July 14, 2016

Go, Katie! We are praying and thinking about you a lot! Be strong!!!