Omeara Also Mentioned That Her Color-coordinated Canes Have Become Somewhat Of A Fashion Statement To Her Students Who Think It Is Cool As She Often Matches The Color Of Her Cane With Her Daily Attire.

May 07, 2017  
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OMeara will also present at this years conference in New Orleans on the topic of How to Prepare for Myathenia Gravis Medical Emergencies. Sallys efforts to support the Myasthenia Gravis community and the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America over the years have been noticed and are greatly appreciated, according to an email from Kathleen Brown, MGFA National Program Director. We are thrilled to honor her in person at the conference and thank her for being an educator and an example of perseverance. Sally O'Meara OMearas connection with Myasthenia Gravis goes beyond the classroom education she provides Oaklands nursing students. She was diagnosed with the chronic neuromuscular disorder herself three years ago after spending the prior four years seeking a definitive diagnosis. Her own respiratory muscle weakness has caused OMeara to implement the use of a BiPAP machine at times and she now uses a cane for support. Yet, she is always looking at the positives. Despite my challenges, I remain passionate about the nursing profession and I love watching my students turn into wonderful, caring nurses, she said. OMeara also mentioned that her color-coordinated canes have become somewhat of a fashion statement to her students who think it is cool as she often matches the color of her cane with her daily attire. Fortunately, my condition has not impacted my ability to teach in the skills lab or in the classroom, OMeara was quick to point out. I am grateful for the ability to continue teaching and sharing my first-hand knowledge of neuromuscular disease with my students. Being an R.N. for 26 years and earning a BSN and MSN from Oakland University gives OMeara great pride in the university where she has enjoyed teaching the past 11 years.

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