Baltimore State Senator Lisa Gladden has officially retired from public office due to her deteriorating health condition. Gladden, who served in the General Assembly for 18 years, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1995. She chose not to go public with her condition in the early years for fear of being judged or becoming a “poster child” for the disease. She publicly announced she had MS in 2010 and continued her work without the condition causing any problems for the next six years.
However, the 52-year-old Democrat from Northwest Baltimore was later confined to a wheelchair and had missed the second half of 2016’s legislative session due to MS-related problems and decided that it would be best if she stepped down to concentrate on her health. Read more about this story here.
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