Hi, I’m Jen.

Hey –

My name is Jennifer Rios and I have had MS for 16 years.  I am currently wheelchair bound and do not like how this disease has changed my life.  I am now working to change how I deal with the difficulties I face every single day with having this diagnosis to make life a little more bearable.

My new wheels

If you’re wondering where I got these SWEET rims, I went to spinlife.com and searched “rims.” They have 7 different pretty stylin’ rim options.

I got my first views on my blog on November 11, 2013.  19 days later, at 10:30 pm, I got 1,000 views.  May 11, 2015 I got 5,000 views.  November 18, 2016 I got 7,500 views.  November 15, 2017 I reached 10,000. 😍🤗😍🤗😍🤗 THANK YOU to everyone who has taken the time to read my words!!!  THANK YOU for all of your WONDERFUL comments!  I’ve approved them ALL!!!  To know that this many people think my story is worth reading is EXTREMELY humbling!


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41 thoughts on “Hi, I’m Jen.

  1. Hey Honey! You are amazing and you have always impressed me with your fantastic attitude and positive approach to everything in life. Keep up the good work as you know it is paying off!! Love you!

  2. Jenny!! This is so awesome. Your such an amazing and inspiring person. You have faced many challenges and can still SHINE that beautiful smile. God Bless you, beautiful face!

  3. Hey Jennifer, your smile is as beautiful and bright as I remember it in high school !! 🙂 I gotta say I loved your post…

  4. Jennifer (Precious), you are an inspiration to many. I’m very proud of you and love you lots. You have a beautiful smile just like your mom’s.

  5. Hi Jennifer honey, I am thrilled to write you on this website. So proud of your hard work and will continue praying for your health to get better. You have always had that beautiful smile….and know that I always look forward to your and handsome Sean’s pictures. Know that I love you so very much. God’s blessings be with you always. Hugs & kisses.

  6. Hi Jen,
    Its been a long time since we’ve seen either but you have such a great spirit and beauty both inside and out (just like your mom). Its been 15 years for me and life takes a little extra effort but I’m thankful for all I have….we are both blessed with families that love us.

    Love you,


  7. Jen…its been so long since I have seen you. Im proud to say that I know such an incredibly inspiring person. Please keep up the good work! I will continue to follow this!

  8. Jennifer!!! how are you! Long time! hope you are doong great! how is sean?? i hope some day soon I can go back there… jesssss. My english s+ucks right? well, have a hug 🙂

  9. Ms. Rios, You keep up the good work someday you will be putting you spinning wheel somewhere else. You just have faith you will be on your feet again. I am glad to be a friend of a Great Women. Who will never give up and keep going .

  10. Jen, I’ve always admired your strength and determination! Thank you for sharing it with me! I’m loving reading your posts and “catching up”! Miss you! xo

  11. I like to believe we are never given more than we can handle. You make that belief for me stronger! To accomplish all you have with this awful disease makes me think to never have an EXCUSE! Not only are you inspiring, you are a leader and example to follow! I’m so very proud of all you are doing and it is an honor to call you my sister! By the way “Aunt Jenny can you get my bike out of the garage?”

  12. Hi Jen,
    It was great to see you the other week and hear about your blog. I didn’t realize after you stopped coming in to see us 6 or 7 years ago that you had stopped walking. I’m so happy that you are up and walking again. I would love to come with you sometime to your gym and watch you train. Hope you and your family had a great Thanksgiving!!

  13. Hi Jen,

    WAY TO GO!!!! We are so proud of you. Keep up all your hard work it will pay off at the end 🙂 Have faith… You will always be in our prayers 🙂
    Love you lots,

  14. Hi Jennifer – great blog! You are an impressive woman in so many ways and now a writer, too! I will be following your journey and am grateful for a way to be closer to you since we see each other so rarely. I can only imagine the hardships you have to endure – that which we all take for granted. But you do it with grace and strength and, truly, you are an inspiration. xo!
    Love, Aunt Peggy

  15. I am inspired and amazed by you everyday . The courage it takes to get to school daily and be able to teach all day. Your day doesn’t end there. It is time to get yourself to physical therapy and then home to take care of your home and child.

    You run circles around people who don’t have to deal with physical limitations.

    Again, you are truly someone to look up to!

    God Bless and hang in there!

  16. I love seeing the kids on here call you Ms. Rios. I think to myself, “I was there when she BECAME Ms. Rios.” 🙂 As always, so proud of you, JR, in everything you do.

  17. Jen
    URock, just finish reading your blog, you are inspiration to a lot of people, all the best in your journey!


  18. Jenny,

    You amaze me everyday with your strength and perserverance! Your smile and grace belie your daily struggle and I look forward to reading about your journey. I’m so very proud of you.

    God bless and love you always,

    Aunt Iris

  19. I know how hard this disease is. We all take so much for granted. I will never forget the 1st tine I saw you getting stretched. The pain coupled with determination that was in your face made me cry. At the same time I am so proud of your will to get better, whatever that may be.

  20. Hi Jen: I am new at this blogging thing, but here goes. I am not new at MS, however, as I was diagnosed in 1974 when I was 27 years old and I am 68 (69 in October). I read the publication MS Connnection Newsletter and the Summer 2016 issue really caught my eye. First, because I am in crisis mode currently and The Necessity of Hope article really hit home. Secondly, I live in Dearborn as well, which is quite the coincidence I think. I have reached a point in my disease process where I am considering transitioning to a motorized wheelchair, but I am not sure if I should. As you know, when you have MS, everybody has an opinion, but your thoughts on it would mean a lot to me. My story is long and probably boring, but I will communicate with you a little at a time. I just wanted to introduce myself and get a feel for this blogging thing. Nice to meet you Jen and we will talk soon, I hope. Charleen Golen?

  21. Just came across this blog from #chatms on twitter. I’m very excited to learn about your story! I was diagnosed last year and am also in a wheelchair right now so I’m extra interested in reading about you. ?

  22. You are an inspiration to all of us MS warriors and many others! Keep it up! Praying for God’s blessings and love and strength for you!

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