Contributor Bio: Karen

My name is Karen and I was born and raised in Columbus Georgia. I had a wonderful childhood growing up with my parents, two brothers, and one sister. In 1984 when I was nineteen, my Mama died of colon cancer after a brief one and a half month battle at the age of forty three. My Father was left with three kids still at home. Her death completely changed the course of all of our lives. I quit my part time job at Kmart, withdrew from college, and became “Sister Mama” to a ten year old sister and fifteen year old brother.

I have been married to my husband for twenty seven years and we have three children. Laney is twenty four years old and has recently left the nest. She is an RN and works at Midtown Medical Center in the NICU. Her twin brothers who came after many years of praying and waiting will turn fourteen in November. They made their entrance ten weeks early and spent the first five weeks of their lives in the same NICU.



Laney was just ten when she was called to “pay it forward” to others who would travel down a similar path as ours, by deciding on her dream to become a nurse. Needless to say, my children are my life’s greatest accomplishment. It has been my prayer that I would not leave them early as my Mother left us. When I turned forty four we celebrated big! Because of this, aging to me is a beautiful thing. I had the privilege of blowing out fifty candles in March!

In 2013, I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis after going in for a hysterectomy. I will save that story for next time. I continue to love life and haven't let it stop me! I would like to take you along on this journey; raising multiples with Multiple Sclerosis. Life with twin teenage boys, homework times two, mixed with a good measure of ADD, and garnished with MS fatigue, is the perfect recipe for one tired nonetheless very blessed Mama.

Join me, will you?


 In order to keep you informed of new stories from Karen, please click on the link below to 'Join Our Community'.  

All Posts by Karen

How my fears of the future have been calmed

Sweet Change is Gonna Come   

Why Did Momma Pee on the Floor?

A Mama’s Reflections on her Daughter’s Wedding 

My Wires are Crossed!

I am the Face of MS

Part 5 - My MS Journey
Explaining Mama’s Illness to our Boys

Always Dreaming of a White Christmas

Part 4 - My MS Journey
Medication Therapy for MS;
A Personal Decision

What Happened When I was too Busy for a Mammogram

Stella: Just What My Heart Needed

To Cath or not to Cath

Part 3 - My MS Journey
I Have MS. Now What?

Part 2 - My MS Journey
Taking My Spinal Fluid to the Lab

Part 1 - My MS Journey
The Diagnosis

A New Series
My Journey with MS (Video)

Inspiring Courage

Tips for Traveling with MS

Viewing the World through Beautiful Perspective

Parenting with Multiple Sclerosis

Working with Multiple Sclerosis

Caring for the Caregiver

Does This Cane Make My Butt Look Big

A Husband’s Perspective

Balancing Work, Play, and Rest

Fall Brings Changes

A Thanksgiving Feast

Football Season! But is it Really Fall Y’all?

Keep Mama Steady

Putting My Bladder to the Test

Perspective is Everything

Mind over Bladder

Joy in Contentment

Lighten Your Load

Peaceful Detour

Decluttering Your Home and Your Mind

MS - From A Child’s Eyes

Spring-A Refresher for the Soul

MS - Understanding the Lack of Understanding

Keep “S’myelin” Through it All

In Sickness and In Health

A New Year and A Renewed Sense of Hope

The Best Gift of All

Thought They Were Baking

Deck the Halls

Hope is Bright!

Into the Woods

Road to a Diagnosis with Multiple Sclerosis

Meet Karen

Back to Stories Homepage
Bardcare Twitter (Opens in new tab)