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Working with Chronic Illness Recently, I was lucky enough to connect with an amazing woman named Kathy McCabe. Kathy is an internationally recognized virtual assistant who also happens to suffer from Meniere’s disease, as well as several other chronic illnesses. Her story is remarkable. In the face of tremendous adversity, she has found success as a virtual assistant and has been able to continue to work and provide for her family.  I invited Kathy to share her story with you all today, and to explain a little bit more about what a virtual assistant is, and how you can become one, too.


I’m Kathy and I have Meniere’s Disease. Actually, I have bi-lateral Meniere’s disease, Migraine with Aura and chronic pain. But up until almost 3 years ago, I was normal. (Or at least I tried to be normal). Then, one day, out of nowhere, I had vertigo for the first time as I was walking across the room. My Tinnitus, which I’ve had in both ears for many years (and has also caused hearing loss), now roars during attacks, which can happen at any time, with little or no warning. I went to my walk-in clinic and they sent me to the hospital where doctors weren’t sure what was wrong or if I was having a stroke, so they admitted me for observation. I left thirty hours later still dizzy and on my way to a neurologist. He was the first doctor to mention Meniere’s disease to me, although he said he was sure I didn’t have it since both my ears were affected, but he was at least open to the possibility. He sent me to other doctors for more tests and opinions. It took nearly a year and a long line of doctors before I finally got a diagnosis from Dr. John Carey at the John Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore, MD. He is an amazing doctor, and really listened! Read more…]]>

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  • And finally, remember, virtual assistants will NEVER replace Virtual Assistants.   Kathy McCabe, MVA Master Virtual Assistant, VA Certified Ethics Checked VA Hilltop Secretarial Service Part of The Hilltop Group, LLC 877-897-1859 Office   888-364-8949 fax kathy@thebestva.com  www.thebestva.com Geography is no boundary!  Complete Virtual Office Assistance – we’re what you need!  Thomas Leonard International Virtual Assistant of Distinction Award 2013
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