screen-shot-2016-10-18-at-9-37-43-amWinona State University will host alumna Jean Sharon Abbott (‘98) as she discusses her life with a 30-year misdiagnosis from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, in Stark Hall Auditorium, room 103.

Abbott will share her resilient, enduring and relatable experience living as a person with a disability and how she persevered through a misdiagnosis.

As a child, Abbott was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and lived for 30 years believing that was true because her symptoms made sense with cerebral palsy. After getting married and becoming a mom, Abbot visited a doctor who discovered she actually had a disease that could be treated with just one pill.

Abbott’s story has been featured in Good Housekeeping and on CBS News, the Today Show and Fox News.

Following her presentation, Abbott will be signing copies of her book “Misdiagnosed: My Thirty-Year Struggle with a Debilitating Disorder I Never Had.”

Refreshments will be available.

Abbott’s presentation will also be streamed via ITV at WSU-Rochester, room ST116.

This event is sponsored by WSU’s Access Services, Psychology Department, Nursing Department, Student Life & Development, Alumni Relations and Inclusion & Diversity.

For more information, contact Nancy Dumke at or Emily Peterson at