It was crushing news to the once active 43- year- old veteran.
But this week she tried out a new device at the Rhinelander Veterans Affairs Clinic that gives her a new outlook on life.
"She has very limited or no use of some leg muscles," said Rhinelander V.A. Physical Therapist Dr. Wesley Spurgeon.
The disease broke down the ability for her brain to talk to the nerves in her legs.
She went from a cane to crutches to a wheelchair.
"It was kind of crushing, I was using a cane within a year of my diagnosis," said Bowman.
Last month Spurgeon offered some hope to Bowman.
He learned about a nerve stimulator at a class.
"We place electrodes over the top of the muscle we want to stimulate," said Spurgeon.