At Frontline, we celebrate each facet of the persons-served, recognizing their differences and helping to bring meaning to their many life experiences. Please meet some of our unique individuals with different abilities.
” God is a big part of my life. I believe He will heal me from M.S. like He healed the blind man.” J.H.
Eighteen years ago, Jeanlleen was dancing in church when her mother noticed she was not moving sprightly. Several tests later would reveal that Jeanlleen was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (M.S.), an autoimmune disease in which your immune cells attack your central nervous system, including the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerve.
Jeanlleen recalled the depression that consumed her due to the diagnosis, stating that she was in a terrible mental space regarding her life. Over time, she would start using a wheelchair. As time progressed, depression and a negative outlook on her life would take Jeanlleen down a dark path of destructive behaviors.
At the age of 22, Jeanlleen came to Frontline Community Services (FCS), where she met Dittu Abraham and others who would positively impact her life. Jeanlleen attributes her strong faith and optimism about life to the relationships built over the years at FCS and her faith in God.
“I love Frontline, said Jeanlleen. Without Frontline, I would be a mess; they have placed beautiful people around me, like Ms. Sandy, who has been with me for 9-years. She is a wonderful person and a believer in God who goes above and beyond to assist me.”
Jeanlleen has graduated from the use of a wheelchair to now getting around with a walker. She enjoys dancing to Gospel Music. She loves to cook and help prepare healthy meals with her team and has been proactive about weight loss with assistance from a nutritionist.
Jeanlleen has dreams of one day walking without any assistance and being a wife and mother. She spends her days expanding her vocabulary, building relationships through her faith, dancing, and focusing on her health and well-being.
“Today, I look at my M.S. diagnosis as a blessing. I get to inspire others and share my testimony.”