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A friendship that gives one man living with MS the will to keep going

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LA CROSSE, Wis. – (WXOW) – Multiple Sclerosis is a disabling disease, causing communication problems between your brain and the rest of your body.

While the disease impacts a person’s every move, for one man getting treatment at La Crosse’s Mayo Health System, it’s going to take a lot more to keep him down.

Carl Hohman was diagnosed with MS in 2001. Before the diagnosis, he was an outdoorsman who sought adventure. He admits it can be daunting sitting in his chair all day, but through this journey, Carl has created a special bond with someone that cannot be broken.

Hohman goes to Mayo Clinic Health System for physical therapy several times a week and he has been doing it for years. Luckily, Annie Stoecklein, his physical therapist, has his back.

“Fortunately I got a great group of people that I work with around here, everybody in the place is very supportive,” Hohman said.

Hohman and Stoecklein have been working together for seven years. The connection they’ve made is powerful.

“He is like another father to me. He’s endlessly positive, he makes me excited to come to work, he has made me feel better on rough days and I know that I’ve done the same for him,” Stoeklein said.

Hohman keeps his family in mind and all the will to motivate others.

“I’m just happy to be with my family. It’s amazing what things in life you think you need or you don’t need and I’m so happy to be with them. Keep a smile on your face and just go strong. Never give up, never give in,” Hohman said.

Mayo’s rehab employees have over 1,000 combined years of experience.

The entire rehab service team consists of occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech pathology, and athletic training.

Declan Levy

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