Ms. Sharona E. Young
PVA Central Florida
I grew up in Minneapolis, MN. I am the youngest of 5 siblings. I joined the Navy when I was 17 years old. My first duty station was aboard the USS Bataan out of Norfolk, VA. I spent 4 years on sea duty. I loved the experience of being out to sea, meeting other people from different backgrounds, and traveling the world. In 2003 I decided to leave active duty and join the Navy Reserves to pursue other goals. I completed my associates of science, in radiologic technology and got my FL basic x-ray license in 2005. I completed my bachelors of science, in management from University of Phoenix in 2008. In 2012 while on an active duty assignment to US Africa Command in Molesworth, England I started experiencing a lot of problems with my left foot and left leg. I was also struggling with extreme fatigue and weakness that I could not explain. After a cervical MRI showed inflammation in my spinal cord I went through a series of extensive blood work, brain scans, and optical nerve studies. I was eventually diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. I was medically retired as a Chief Petty Officer in June 2014.
Currently I live in Orlando, FL with my daughter Taylor. I work for the Dept of Veterans Affairs, Chief Business Office. As I fight through the challenges of coping with this invisible disease I have found relief from the daily stressors by participating in adaptive sports and getting involved in the community to assist veterans with transitioning and recovering. These types of activities allow me to meet with fellow veterans that can relate to my situation and understand some of the challenges I am facing. For me, being able to connect with people who can truly understand some of what I am going through, interacting with people who share their personal stories and how they cope is far more therapeutic than going to any therapy sessions I have attended. I look forward to finding new opportunities and adventures with fellow veterans going forward with my healing process.Share This With Your Friends