Maria emigrated from Europe to the US in her thirties. She was a pharmacist in the native country. When she resettled in the US, she attended a US pharmacy school so she could work in the field she had previously studied and found the work, rewarding both emotionally and financially. She enjoyed the fast pace of the occupation, and that she knew she was assisting people in need.
Maria was a pharmacist at a national drug store chain when she became disabled due to an accident that permanently impacted her mobility and ability to stand for more than a few minutes at a time. She had been predisposed to weakness in her foot and ankle due to an arthritic condition.