Camper says despite disabling illness, she's unsinkable

Trumbull resident, Barbara Orlanski, prepares to enter the pool at the MS Vacation Week, held at Camp Hemlocks, a fully accessible, barrier-free summer camp located in Hebron. Orlanski, originally from Poland, is one of 50 campers attending this year’s MS Vacation Week, June 9 through June 14.

The weeklong holiday is an annual program hosted by the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, for people living with the disabling effects of multiple sclerosis, a disease for which there is no cure. Orlanski, 67, a onetime graphic designer and the married mother of three grown children, was diagnosed with MS in 1993. She has attended MS Vacation Week for the past two years. Orlanski says her favorite activities include swimming and anything held out-of-doors.

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