In 2013 the Women’s Health Conference featured inspiring stories of role models who work towards health: mental, physical and emotional. Priscilla Kesler is role model in her actions: she says, “Always stay active, meet new people, and always be up to learning something new!” Pricilla is a champion for health in the community.
Just 87 short years ago, Priscilla was born on a farm just west of Linton, and oh how the times have changed. Priscilla remembers traveling by a horse drawn sleigh through the cold and snow, and now she utilizes ismarck’s public transit system to chauffeur her to her weekly hair appointments and trips to the senior center. Priscilla was diagnosed with
Macular Degeneration in 1995, and ten years later she was diagnosed legally blind. Even with her feeling of freedom lost, nothing could stop her. Only a few weeks after losing her driver’s license Priscilla was riding the public transit like a pro.
Priscilla has also made it a point not to deviate too far from her regular routine. She is still able to watch her favorite
shows like the old and the beautiful, politics, and the PGA Tour which her grandson-in-law plays in. And boy do those big screen TVs help! She still enjoys playing bingo and pinochle, and with the help of a hand held magnifier for price checks she stays up on the latest fashions.
Priscilla owes her healthy figure to always eating right and staying active. She walks, and shops of course, at the mall every Friday along with walking to the bank, grocery store, and to church weekly. She is also a firm believer in always taking the stairs, and cleaning her apartment is an easy way she keeps herself moving. She says getting down on her hands and knees to scrub the floor keeps her flexible, and who are we to argue with that.
Losing her sight had made Priscilla learn how to be patient and learn to wait, but most of all it has taught her to never dwell on what you can’t do. Be thankful for what you can do and for what you have. Always stay active, meet new people, and always be up to learning something new.