Barb Schwarber is the 2011 Walk MS Butler County Ambassador. Barb and her team, Never Quit, have participated in the Butler County walk for the past 8 years. She is an avid Cincinnati Red’s fan and enjoys cooking. Her hobbies include indoor/outdoor gardening and collecting teddy bears. In the past, she played softball, swam, ran track, golfed and bowled regularly. Having been very active in the past, it was difficult to face being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1985.
Barb says that MS is a challenge, and has made her sensitive to other people with physical challenges. “It’s a daily struggle,” she says, “and it has forced me to focus on what I can do, not what I can’t.”
Barb and her team, “Never Quit,” participate in Walk MS every year. “We learn more about the lives of the people involved and are energized by their support,” she says. Barb says it’s fun and rewarding to see so many people who care. Barb says the MS Walk is a great way to meet other people in the same situation, learn of available sources and find out how others are dealing with similar issues. “It’s a wonderful testament to hope.”
Barb says she encourages other people with MS to not have a pity party for too long. “You can’t change what you have, but you don’t have to give in or give up. Laugh often, even at yourself, but above all, NEVER QUIT!”