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Tichi Wilkerson Kassel
Movement Therapy Foundation
Promoting Better Health Through Movement Therapy™
 
 

I am 49 years old and catastrophically disabled by multiple sclerosis (secondary-progressive MS) that finally put me in a wheel chair in 2005.  My MS started in the mid-80s while I was a Marine with the 2nd and 3rd Ballalion, 5th Marines.  I was a 60mm Mortar man in 2/5 and a 50-caliber machine gunner in 3/5, but because so little was and still is know about MS, I was misdiagnosed with everything from depression to being called crazy. 

After the Marine Corps, I became an auto tech at a Chevrolet dealership in Norman, Oklahoma, which is where I was raised. My condition became so bad that after 10 years, I could no longer walk without falling down and suffering from extreme fatigue.  I now live in Muskogee, Oklahoma.  I can sit at my desk and function pretty well.  I use a hands free mouse that I control with my head movements to do my design work, and I use my computer because I can no longer use my hands.  I have been designing cars for about seven years now along with logos, etc.  I really love doing this work because it is one of the things I can do by myself without any assistance from anyone.

I can still stand, but I have no balance and cannot take steps.  Without the help of my wonderful family to assist me to do other things like moving from my chair to the bed, I would be lost.  

Kathy, Val and Tim, I love and would be lost without you.

I'm also an avid Oklahoma Sooner fan and have been one since 1965.  I have been lucky to have been asked to design for Becca Gladden, Beads of Courage, Cally Cahill, Leilani Munter, Ricky Lee, Mike Corrado, Raisin Junior, Toni Lynn Starr, Armed Forces Racing, J.J. Yaley, Racing4vets and Bobby dale Earnhardt, the oldest grandson of 7 time Sprint Cup/Winston Cup Champion and Dale Earnhardt.

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