Inspirational Women

Patricia Bevilacqua

In September 1989, I started my dream job, teaching high school physical education. However, five months later, before the end of my first year of teaching, I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

Ten years later, I left the only job I ever wanted due to worsening symptoms of MS.

In 2001, I went back to university to pursue graduate studies at the University of Toronto. My ultimate goal was to teach and supervise others keen to enter the teaching profession. In 2005 I graduated with a Ph.D. in Teacher Development. My research focused on the impact of chronic disease on teacher identity. I never secured a tenured position as a teacher educator and went on long-term disability in 2007.

Fourteen years later, I discovered my life with MS was far richer when I focused on living each day as my best self. This shift in mindset became my newfound purpose in life; to help other women with multiple sclerosis move beyond their pain points and move forward with renewed optimism, boundless courage, and a zest for life.

I am committed to empowering women to live a complete and joyful life despite the challenges associated with multiple sclerosis.

I am a dedicated MS influencer, coach, consultant, speaker, and international best-selling author.