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Shelley Peterman Schwarz

Shelley Peterman Schwarz graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and was a teacher of the hearing impaired in the Madison (WI) Metropolitan School District for 13 years. She is married and the mother of two adult children and a growing number of grandchildren.

In 1979 Shelley learned that she had multiple sclerosis, but she continued teaching until 1981 when the effects of the illness began to restrict her mobility. Since retiring because of her disability, she has been using her professional training and her personal experiences to help others cope with life's "ups and downs."

Shelley is a motivational speaker, an award-winning writer and author, and TV personality. She has published hundreds of essays, how-to's, service pieces, columns, and features on a wide variety of subjects. Her informative and upbeat writing and speaking has elicited many appreciative words from her audiences.

Shelley is the author of a growing list of titles in the Tips for Making Life Easier™ series, including Home Accessibility: 300 Tips for Making Life Easier. She currently writes for newspapers and magazines reaching a readership of nearly two million. Her Tips for Making Life Easier™ have appeared in numerous regional, national, and international publications including the Wisconsin State Journal, Mature Lifestyles, Arthritis Today, Neurology Now, and Inside MS. She hosts a  monthly Making Life Easier™ segment on the Noon News on  WISC-TV, the CBS affiliate in Madison, WI, where she demonstrates products and presents tips and strategies for living well despite physical limitations. Shelley has also appeared on the Discovery Channel's popular Home Matters, in a segment on home accessibility modifications, and is featured in a series of videos created by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS). She is a community expert on ShareCare, a health and wellness Website co-created by Dr. Mehmet Oz.

Shelley invites you to contact her if you have a question about living with chronic illness or disability.

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