My Mum was diagnosed with relapsing remittive MS (Multiple Sclerosis) when she was 42 years old. My sister & I were around 7 at the time and I can still remember the days following her diagnosis and the trials and tribulations of dealing with the symptoms of the first preventative drug that was available at the time. Preventative drugs are all that is available to MS patients as there is currently no known cure and these drugs "slow illness progression". There are much more effective ones on the market now than what there was 17 years ago. Mum would spend days at a time bed-ridden after her injections which would wipe her out and cause chronic fatigue as a side-effect. Unfortunately due to the lack of research and information known about the disease at the time, after her initial "relapse" causing her hands to go numb, she never fully regained her sensation and is therefore now unable to work. She is now on much kinder injections now which don't have such nasty side effects and she is able to live a more active life, volunteering, working in her garden, taking the dog for walks and helping her mum (Nan) with whatever she needs. Mum is also at least 10 years relapse free which is amazing and I admire her strength to be able to do all that she does.
Unfortunately, when I was 17 years old and still in highschool (year 11) I was also diagnosed with Relapsing Remittive MS. Fortunately for me, given my age I suspect as a driving factor, I received second to none medical care and then spent the next 5 or so years trialling different preventative drugs that would work for me and slow down my illness progression. Thankfully after many downs, it looks as though I have found my treatment which is the best available on the market currently and I hope it continues to work for me.
I am able to still go to the gym 6-7 times a week doing high intensity HIIT training at F45 and going to a regular gym as well, I work full-time in a govermment agency and make the most of my time on weekends seeing friends/family and doing all the things a normal 25 year old would do.
Over the last couple of years I have been fundraising annually for the MS Society and so therefore I’m taking part in The May 50K. I will be walking 50km+ throughout May to raise funds for life-changing research into multiple sclerosis!
There are over 25,600 Australians living with MS and I need your help to leave MS where it belongs, behind us.
And research is the key to changing the future of MS, so I’ve accepted The May 50K challenge to change lives.
Please make a donation to support my challenge. I have started small with a goal of $300 but I would be estatic to be able to smash that!! Thank you so much!
Thank you to my Sponsors
Dcp Social Club