Penny Johnson

Support my challenge to leave MS behind!

Four years ago, My life changed. Most people wouldn't even notice, I lead a pretty normal albeit hectic life. 

Four years ago I was diagnosed with remitting reoccurring MS. This means, with hard work, determination and some great drugs...… I can almost get back to normal after each "flare up". Almost being the key word there. 

Every person with MS has a different story, different symptoms and different ways of dealing with it. I thought I was invincible. Determined not to fall victim to the depression so common with such a diagnosis, I did my best to continue life as normal. Hindsight suggests this wasn't such a great plan, but like most people when it comes to their health.... I was in denial.

After the birth of our first child, I reached the turning point in my MS journey. Determined to breast feed like any first time new mum meant I couldn't take my medications. I had my first "flare up". A new lesion on my spinal cord meant I lost feeling and strength in both my arms. I could barely lift our baby girl. I was overweight, unfit and tired. I knew something had to change and I had to make it happen.

I now use diet and exercise to compliment my medications. I talk openly about having MS and realize I'm not invincible.

To me the May 50 is more than just a fundraiser. Its about challenging myself and raising awareness. Its hard to explain what its like having MS. The challenges are daily and there is not yet a cure, but I am lucky to have the most amazing support network and together we are unstoppable.

Please feel free to make a donation to support my challenge.

Thank you so much!


Thank you to my Sponsors

$315

Pete Chigwidden

Go Pen! This is awesome!

$210

Sarah Perkins

Love you guys, such an inspiration xx

$157.50

Peta Johnson

Go Pen ❤️

$133.35

Katrina Clarke

Your a champion xo

$127

Jenny Boyle

You go girl! Good on you Pen! Jen and Arch

$67.20

Tiffany Loeve

You’re amazing!

$64

Pip Mclean

You go girl! What an inspiration you are xxx

$52.50

Rebecca Blackburn

If I was cleared for exercise I’d love to join your team! Next year!!

$52.50

Shannon Townsend

Thanks for sharing your story Penny, I’m sure you’ll smash this challenge!

$52.50

Brenda Carrigan

Go Penny! Hope the cheer squad does their bit too!