TSF Ambassadors

 

Tamanika Zinger

I am an Arizona transplant by way of Alaska. I was diagnosed with NMOSD in 2012. I have an amazing husband and am the mother of two wonderful boys ages 10 and 7. I look forward to meeting others, sharing about NMO, and raising money to find a cure.

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Veronica Estrada

I am a single mom from California who works full time as a legal processing clerk in a juvenile court while raising her three sons, Isaiah, Elijah, and Nehemiah. A couple of weeks after turning 18 years old, my middle son, Elijah, fell sick and was diagnosed with NMO two weeks later. In efforts to raise awareness for neuromyelitis optica, I am both proud and honored to add NMO advocate to the many hats I already wear. I feel confident and hopeful that with the help of our family and friends, Elijah will never fight alone.

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Ashlee Olsen

I live in Florida with my husband and two amazing children. I was diagnosed with NMOSD in 2006 and since 2012, I’ve made it my mission to advocate for and educate others in the community on neuromyelitis optica.

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Phil Tucker

I was diagnosed in 2018 with NMOSD. The road to a diagnosis can be a difficult; my hope as an ambassador is to help others who can’t figure out what’s happening to them, get some answers. I am also in hopes that by my own example, I can inspire others with NMO to keep doing the things they love. In my own journey, it took about 2 years to get from onset to diagnosis to regaining control of my life. I am now back to doing all the things I love whether its hiking, camping, disc golf, crossfit, fishing and many other of life’s joys. My advice to anyone with NMO or any autoimmune is to never stop living your life; we only get one so make the most of it.

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Tami Freeman

I live in Lake Orion, Michigan with my two children, Wilson (17) and Katy (15). I am the mother of a child with NMO. My daughter, Katy, was diagnosed in August 2016 after a sudden onset of transverse myelitis causing paralysis. Due to her prompt diagnosis and diligent care, Katy is a healthy and thriving teenager! I am passionate about advocating for NMO awareness and a firm believer in maintaining a positive attitude and being persistent about the care and management of NMO. I’m forever grateful for the NMO community and so happy to give back to the people who have helped us along the way.

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Marie Abrego

I am 27 years old and live in New Mexico with my family. I was diagnosed with NMO in 2007. I have had some amazing people educate me on NMO and now it’s my turn to educate my community.

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Nicole McLaud

I am from upstate New York. In 2018, I was diagnosed with NMO after a significant transverse myelitis attack that was followed by very mild optic neuritis attacks over the course of three years. It struck me how isolating this condition can be, with little to no local community support, except for support groups for people with other and mostly more advanced diseases (such as progressive multiple sclerosis). It is my goal to raise awareness and get people involved. NMO should not be something that we haven’t heard of; it should be just as well-known as cancer, Alzheimer, ALS among others.

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Leah Campbell

At the age of 10, Leah began losing her vision due to optic neuritis. When her vision finally stabilized over a year later, she was nearly completely blind. She was misdiagnosed with multiple sclerosis. She graduated salutatorian of Altus High School in her hometown of Altus, OK. She went on to graduate with a BA in Mathematics from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN in May 2001. She became a quadriplegic overnight after receiving a chemotherapy to treat her aggressive MS and 5 years later was accurately diagnosed with neuromyelitis optica. With proper treatment, she has been relapse-free for nearly 13 years and now resides in Mustang, OK. Leah has made tremendous progress in the last year through occupational, physical, aquatic and equine therapies. Additionally, Leah has spent countless hours focused on evaluating in-home Smart technologies that address her specific quality of life requirements. She has in-depth firsthand knowledge of “voice command” applications and what does and does not work. She maintains ongoing technical conversations providing feedback to Smart technology providers. She is the ambassador for Oklahoma for The Sumaira Foundation for NMO and is passionate about advocating, fundraising and raising awareness for NMO.

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Diane Schlegel

I am a married mother of twin daughters living in Erie, Pennsylvania. I was diagnosed with MOG+ NMOSD in February, 2018 after optic neuritis in August, 2017 and Transverse Myelitis in January 2018. I am a registered nurse working as the Clinical Manager for an Adult Skilled Nursing home care office, as well as performing private contracting home infusion services for patients who require specialty medications. I’ve served as a Government Affairs Ambassador in my nursing role and am very passionate and personal calling to advocate for and serve my patients, our community, and the NMO family. Through increasing advocacy, outreach, and awareness, I hope to help raise the bar for timely diagnosis of NMO, allow care to reach all of those who seek it in whatever capacity they require, and widen the network of resources available to all of those affected by NMOSD.

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Chelsey Tucker

With a passion for positivity and living my best life, I am a Nashville native and mom of 5. I am best known in my community for both my artistry and work within the local foster care and adoption community. Diagnosed with NMO in February 2019, I am dedicated to patient advocacy and committed to raising awareness to find a cure NMO.

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