Rebecca Morton-Stephens

My Progress

I'm running 80km this month to leave MS behind

My Progress

83km

My Target

80km

Progression

For those playing along at home, I’m very pleased to tell you that my MRI results are in.......and the pictures are as pretty as they can be!!!! 🙌 No new lesions or disease activity since commencing Ocrevus.... VERY Coooooool 🙌

To celebrate, I talked my unexpecting Neurologist into a #KissGoodybeToMS selfie! Please note that he’s pulling his best professorly face, what a champion bloke! 😂

Whilst waiting in his rooms prior to the consult, I was reflecting on the last time I had been raising money for MS (when Pam Eldridge and I ran our first marathon 6 years ago). I was feeling so good the day of my MRI, It was just after the big race and I was feeling fit, healthy and pretty pleased with my achievement. I honestly believed the MRI results would be totally fine.... how could they not be? Unfortunately I was wrong.......and MS decided to remind me again that day, that I wasn’t in control of this situation! When the results came back, my Neurologist explained that there had been some silent disease activity in my brain, where demyelination had occurred in areas that didn’t affect sensation or function! Needless to say I was seriously 😡 with the world that day, and the wind was pretty quickly knocked from my sails! Following that news I commenced a new medication journey, however I’ll save that story for another time.

Right now I’m pleased with today’s good news, and feeling extremely grateful for the support you’ve all provided to #TheMay50K campaign.

I hope you enjoy the cheeky picture of MS campaigner Professor Kermode and I........he wants research to put him out of a job!!!

P.S. We are so close to 7k 💋💋💋

Reflecting

Tonights 5km was clocked up on the hockey turf with this lot, my gorgeous and supportive WASPies, who donned the red lippy to #KissGoodbyeToMS

It was at hockey training over a decade ago that I first started experiencing symptoms of MS l, when the vision in my left eye began to blur intermittently. At the time I thought my eyes were not coping with the bright lights we trained under, and I remember asking Tammie Lauritsen and Honor Putland if their eyes also did strange things under the lights....
Little did I know, this was a classic and early sign of the demyelination that was occurring in my central nervous system, and my MS journey began soon after this.

Jump forward 9 years and the next serious attack also reared it’s ugly head on the hockey field, when the toes in my right foot became tingly and numb. Initially I thought I’d taped my foot too tightly with strapping tape, however after the game was complete and I removed the tape, the altered sensation remained and realised there might be more at play..... By the next morning both my feet and legs were completely numb.

Luckily my MS is still in the relapsing/remitting phase, which means I’ve regained most of my sight and lower limb sensation back. New medications have given me hope that my relapses will be far less frequent or severe than they might’ve been if I’d been diagnosed a decade earlier.... for this I feel extraordinarily lucky 🍀

But we don’t yet have a cure yet people, and until we do, all people living with MS live in fear of what might go next, and how long they have before things stop recovering and permanent disability sets in, this at times can be absolutely terrifying.

This campaign is about finding a cure, and we can only do that through scientific research. Please know that you donations provide give so much hope!

PS Elisabeth Parrick (Smash) you wore it well despite the colour clash 🥰💄💋🏒

Gratitude

Warning - long gratitude post! Wow, thank you all so, so much! Not only has the campaign raised over 1 million dollars for MS research already, but collectively we’ve raised within an arms reach of 5K. 🤩 My runs have been made so much easier, knowing how many people have supported this campaign, every donation is motivating, no matter the $ amount! Not too many know this, but this time 2 years ago, I wondered if I’d ever run again.... I couldn’t feel my feel either of my feet or legs, and I wanted to sleep for 14 hrs a day..... this lasted for 2 months. I was having my first serious MS flare since diagnosis, and it was scary as f$&@! I am now so, so grateful for every step I take, every hockey game I play and every day that I wake up feeling ready to tackle my day and support my family. When I was diagnosed 10 years ago my future didn’t feel at all bright. I honestly believed that I would slowly lose the bits of me, that I’d relied on to get to where I was at age 32 - a happy, healthy and content adult! Today when I leave My Neurologist’s office, he always reminds me that treatment for MS is progressing quicker than my disease! This my dear friends, is because of the $ spent on research. Gratitude to those who’ve taken time to donate. Big kisses from me 💋💋💋💋💋

The Why

Ruby and I have committed to hitting the trail in May, to leave MS behind. Having been treated for MS for over a decade now, I’ve experienced first hand what ongoing research can deliver in terms of improved treatment and a more optimistic future. The fact that I can still run and function almost normally, is testament to the scientists and medico’s who dedicate their careers to finding a cure, and also to the organizations that support their research. So please help me kiss Goodbye to MS peeps, we are closer than ever to a providing real hope to those who have had the displeasure of being visited by this unpredictable and sometimes terrifying disease. Any $ amount will help. 
Thank you xx

Thank you to my Sponsors

$1.02k

Makuri Technology

Go girl

$200

Jodie Schell

You are an inspiration Bec! You live life to the fullest with your kind heart and beautiful spirit. You go girl! So happy to donate to help find a cure xxx

$168

Merrilyn Lean

Well done, Bec. Sending you our love.

$157.50

Cheryl Corry

Sending you a much love and big hugs from Kieran and I. You’re one tough chick, you’ve got this 💕🙌

$156

The Montague Fam

MS can eat your dust Bek! 😘😘

$150

Honor Putland

Enjoy the k's Morty. Love ya x

$140

Burke’s?

Morty Girl you are an inspiration you are a wonderful mother, friend and you have such a beautiful heart💖 well done on your kms and the money you have raised

$133.35

Katrina Mckee

$133.35

Tyres For Bikes

Good Luck Bec Hope all goes well I am sure it will Love The Hoelzl's

$133.35

Ali Morton

So much love and respect for you big sis

$127

Tam Lauritsen

Love ya guts xx

$127

Katrina Alidenes

$105

Margaret Morton

Go girl . You are an inspiration love you lots mum & dad xxxx

$105

Deane Criddle

Truly inspirational Bec.....see I said it instead of Rebecca :) I know had no idea which is a testament to you. Well done and keep it up.

$105

Lynne Dullard

50km!! You're an inspiration Bec x

$105

Suzanne Bicker

Smash it! xx

$105

Felicity Zare

This is important and so are you, I know you’re gonna smash it! xxx

$105

Pam Eldridge

Good luck Bek!

$105

Veronica Strange

What an amazing achievement Bec! You are such a strong, inspiring, amazing woman.

$105

Linda Mackay

You are amazing!

$105

Vanessa Collins

Go Bek!! Love Ness & Darryl x

$105

Lauren And Ben Smith

$105

Teresa Eldridge

Awesome work Bec

$105

Michelle Chard

Go Bec 💕 sending all our love

$105

Liz Vuletich

Go Morty you good thing!

$100

Katy Vipond

So inspiring Bec, keep up the great work

$100

Molly Mackay

Smash it Bec!

$100

Candice Dix

Bek you are such an amazing woman ❤️ You are doing an incredible things by raising awareness about MS, sharing your story and running 60km to help fund research! Looking forward to catching up soon xx #KissGoodbyeToMS

$99.75

Rebecca Morton-stephens

$75

Tony Yarham

Good luck! x

$67.20

Mark Higgins

Go Girl

$67.20

Kt Webster

$67.20

Alta

Truly inspirational. Go Bek!

$67.20

Andrew Spittle

$67.20

Jamie Mitchell

Keep running morty

$67.20

Dean Emslie

You go girl👍

$67.20

Simply Fabulous Australia Pty Ltd

Good luck Bek, you can do this :)

$67.20

Pip Windsor

Great work Bec xx

$67.20

Paige Cicchillitti

Bek, you once told me - Cicco I’ve given you your wings and now it’s time for you to fly.. Thank you for your love, support and guidance over the years, you’re an inspiration. You’ve got this x

$67.20

Mark Higgins

Only half an Oxfam 😀 go bec have fun

$67.20

Turmeric Direct

Proud of you Bec, with all the way. Have fun and enjoy 😊 Stuie

$64

Sue Harfield

Yayyy you are a legend :-)

$64

Anonymous

$64

Melissa Shepherd

$64

Pete Thom

Good stuff Bec.

$64

Gilenko Family

You are amazing Bec!X

$64

Jeannie Richardson

Run girl, run!!

$52.50

Julie-ann Ogilvie

$52.50

Sally Foster

You are an inspiration Bec! Love what you’re about xx

$52.50

Jennifer Woods

Go girl❤️

$52.50

Anonymous

$52.50

Tricia Clark

You go girl!! What an inspiration.

$52.50

Dyktynski Family

Truly inspirational Bec. By Setting (you have this in the bag) this massive challenge, raising $$$ and awareness you are making a real difference into vital research. Xxxx

$52.50

Frankie White

Lots of love from Annette & Frankie! xx

$52.50

Martijn Bosboom

Awesome Bek!

$52.50

Amy Scollen

$52.50

Bonnie Bright

You are such an inspiration!!

$52.50

Renae Pares

Way to go Bek, so inspiring!!

$52.50

Rach Sherbs

Awesome work Bek

$52.50

Sarah Garvey

$52.50

Donella Berry

Go for it Morts!! Xo

$52.50

Charlie Hermann

Go Bec, superstar.

$52.50

Bonnie Mackay

$52.50

Nikki Hauville

Good luck Bec ! You’re amazing

$52.50

Angel

Good luck with your fundraising!

$52.50

Craig Stuart

Well done Bec!

$52.50

Deanna March

Good luck Bec! Go you good thing xxx

$52

Stephens Family

$52

Phil Bianchi

Over 10 years now Bec, well done. Best wishes. xx

$52

Tim R

$50

Denise And Maddy Clunn

You are an inspiration

$50

Carrie Parsons

Go girl

$50

Marnie Rowan

Awesome effort, Bec! Well done.

$50

Terri Batey

You go girl! X

$50

Su Burr

$50

Jenny Mcrae

$42

Rebekah

You an an inspiration Bek!!!

$42

Gould Fam

Great work Bec, Inspiring!!

$40

Anonymous

Running with love wrapped around you.

$37.80

Joel Mowday

Good luck Bec. You got this!!

$37.80

Ben Millar

Go get em Bec

$37.80

Angela Williamson

Inspirational! Keep keeping well Rebecca.

$37.80

Jackie Flanagan

Onya Bec! All round champion🏃‍♀️

$37.80

Judy Baldock

You go girl !!!!! 😘

$37.80

Kyle Masterman

Good luck Bek. Your such a strong person, I truly hope this fundraising campaign helps to make a difference. ♥️

$37.80

Amanda Derbyshire

Good luck Bec, great cause xx

$36.75

Holly Dyktynski

💗💗💗

$36

Anonymous

$26.25

Anne Schmidt

So much light and positivity surrounds you in your challenges - run well!

$26.25

Celia Quin

Good luck! You are a star ⭐️🌟⭐️

$26.25

Julie Cole

You're a brilliant amazing wonderful human being.

$26.25

Rowena Rehak

$26.25

Emily

Go Mumma

$26

Mark Ninyett

Good luck Bec from Mark and Kelly Ninyett. Just learnt 2 months back our brother has MS. Go and cure.

$21

Brett Sharpe

$21

Simone Dempster

Love your work Bec! xxx

$21

Anonymous

$21

Nay Sachs

$21

Paul Reglar

$21

Laurel Dudek

You're a Star xx

$21

Billy-joe Turner

Go girl.... all the best❤

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Ashlee K

Run Bek Run!!

$21

Val Miller

Love your work😘

$20

Dan Brooker

$20

Kristy

You’re a champ love!!x

$20

Michael Bourke

$20

Vanessa Squires

Go you! I’m so glad you’ve been blessed with the results of the research. 👏😘

$10.50

Caroline Pindur

$10.50

Anonymous

$10

Jaxon Dullard

Good Luck Bek, 50km is a long way!!!

$10

Sarah Brookes

Good luck😊

$10

Sarah Brookes

Good luck!!

$5.25

Stephanie Rowe

Keep up the great work Bec ❤

$3

Charli Dullard

good luck running 50km!