April Winckler

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Who is accompanying you on the Kilimanjaro climb?


Jeanne Van Hulle

When were you diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis?



January 2010

How has your diagnosis affected your life?


Hmm, how hasn’t it affected me is a shorter list. Haha! Every way possible. Emotionally, spiritually, physically, and many more.

What is your current level of physical disability (if any)?



Sometimes I use a walker or a wheelchair to assist me. Often I am walking by myself and feel some independence. My driving has recently been revoked by my family. Lol… but I hope to drive again soon.

Please provide a history of your disease and how the disease is now affecting your life?



In 2000 I was misdiagnosed with an eye problem that turns out was MS all along. I played tennis for my high school. I was number 1 varsity my senior year. I had a few symptoms I dismissed, but was otherwise healthy. In December 2009 my walking began to sway and my foot wouldn’t lift properly. My right side got very weak. In the hospital, January 2010, I was diagnosed after some tests. MS affects my marriage, work, and everything I do.

What are your current views/feelings of your life with Multiple Sclerosis?

MS isn’t too bad of a disease to have considering others. What doesn’t kill me only makes me stronger

How have your relationships with your family/personal/friend relationships been affected by your diagnosis?


I have found that my family and friends are wonderful supportive people. Co-workers are the only people with whom I really notice a difference, but I know it is because they care.

What has motivated you to take part in the Kilimanjaro climb?

Lori Schneider has inspired me to get up and keep moving.

What is your previous experience of hiking/climbing?

I have hiked caves in a State Park nearby. I have hiked in Wisconsin as well. 

What are your aspirations/hopes for the Kilimanjaro climb?


I hope to make lifelong friends. I wish to overstep boundaries I have placed on myself, mentally and physically.

What hopes/aspirations do you have planned following the Kilimanjaro climb?

I hope to climb the Eiffel Tower in Paris, scuba dive in the ocean.

Please highlight any other achievements you have made since your diagnosis.

I keep a part time physical job to keep me walking.

What would you say to other people who are living with MS?

All I can really say is I kept walking through the pain.