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In 2000, Vita Coffey, a single mother, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. In the decade that followed, she lost not only her sight and ability to walk, but many friends, her job, her father, and nearly her sanity.

 

Struggling through pain, regular emergency visits to the hospital, and the debilitating side effects of an ever-changing cocktail of drugs, Vita remained hopeful that one day, she would find a better treatment.

 

And eventually, she did.

 

Much to Vita’s surprise, her participation in a new clinical study in 2009 restored her life and health in ways she never knew  possible—and then some.

 

In the battle against her disease, Vita faced many uncertain circumstances, clinging to her journal as a source of hope and stability. In Little V’s Hope, Vita tells her story of love, loss, and recovery, in her own words, for the first time.

Born in 1957 to a middle class family in Detroit, Michigan, Vita Coffey spent her youth playing baseball and making friends with the 32 other children who lived on her block. When she went away to the University of Detroit at age 18, her hands-on nature and love for helping others led her to work toward becoming an x-ray technician. Vita moved to Boston after graduation to work in her field at Mount Auburn Hospital, attending Boston University all the while, and eventually completed a degree in early childhood development and liberal arts in 1981.

 

After completing her second degree, Vita married a colleague, had three children, and relocated to Omaha, Nebraska. In 1993, she co-founded Omaha Wine Company, a fine wine retail store that would quickly grow into a full-time effort. Vita also pursued volunteer work with several local organizations, including elementary schools, Joslyn Art Museum, the Omaha Symphony, and others.

 

Not long after her divorce in 1999, Vita began experiencing symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS)—a disease that would painfully rule more than ten years of her life. Still learning how to live with MS herself, Vita remarried a few years later, receiving strength and support from her husband throughout even the most trying periods of her illness. Despite her doctors’ insistence that there was little hope for Vita’s future, she spent years searching for forms of treatment that showed great promise—until she found the one that would change her life.

 

Today, Vita is the healthiest she’s been since she was diagnosed with MS, owing much of her renewed life to the support of her family, friends, and her refusal to lose hope. She continues her passion for volunteering, working with children as a court-appointed special advocate (CASA), donating her time to The Hope Center for underprivileged children in North Omaha, raising funds for MS research, and teaching for Omaha's Community Bible Study Organization. She also maintains her interest in The Omaha Wine Company and enjoys feeling well enough to exercise and write regularly.

 

Preparing for Treatment

Friends and Family

The Many Faces of Vita

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"Live like you’re alive. Act like you’re living. Let your heart soar. Hope."

 

 

Vita Coffey

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