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Campus Celebrity Sheri Butts ’16

We’ve decided to take a different direction with our Campus Celeb for this week. “Wait, wasn’t she just in a wheel chair last semester?!” I’m sure some of you have said this statement before, and you were talking about Sheri Butts. Sheri is a 20-year-old Sophomore Biology major from Rex, GA. She is a creative and artistic person and is a new member of Valdosta State’s Chapter of Habitat for Humanity. She also has a special condition and has allowed Her Campus to share her story.

HC: What exactly is your condition?

Sheri: Devics. It is a neurological condition in which your brain stops producing a chemical that produces your myelin sheath, causing your white blood cells to attack your spinal cord.

HC: How did you feel when the doctors told you what your condition was?

Sheri: Relieved, because I finally had an answer to what was going on. Two weeks before that, I had to depend on everyone around me to do everything for me.

HC: How did you know something was wrong?

Sheri: I just woke up one day and I collapsed to the ground.

HC: How did you transition from being in a wheelchair to walking?

Sheri: A lot of physical therapy and a very aggressive roommate, Ashley J, and Kenya D’s help.

HC: What was the hardest part about being in a wheelchair? 

Sheri: Accepting the fact that I was in a wheelchair.

HC: Do you take medicine for your condition?

Sheri: Yes I do, and it helps a lot.

HC: What inspires you?

Sheri: Mostly I have inspired myself lately, because with my condition, I’ve had a lot of people tell me what I can and cannot do and I like to prove people wrong.

HC: What are you most grateful for?

Sheri: My ability to walk again; I can move my toes >.<

HC: What is one thing that you want to say to the students of Valdosta State now that they know about your condition?

Sheri: Anything is possible as long as you believe!

Pictured: Sheri Butts and Justin McGrudder


Hey Her Campus lovelies! I'm Jazzë Lewis, a 21 year old Junior at Valdosta State University Majoring in Musical Theatre. My obsession with the color Purple, Zebras, owls and french macaroons are serious people! I am the Habitat for Humanity Fundraising Chair as well as the Her Campus Treasurer! This is my first year with Valdosta State University's Her Campus and i look forward to a bright and shiny Pink year with Her Campus!! Cheers to our first year ladies!! Go Blazers!!
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