NO ONE SHOULD FACE MS ALONE!
Can you imagine waking up one day unable to do the everyday things you would usually take for granted? Like not being able to see properly (or at all), unable to get out of bed, walk to the phone to call someone – anyone – or live a life without pain?
All of a sudden, your world has changed.
Multiple sclerosis is a chronic and often debilitating disease which attacks the central nervous system (the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves). It is the most common neurological disease in young adults and often attacks people at a time in their lives when they are planning families and building a career. Three out of four people living with MS are women.
With your support, we can allow people living with multiple sclerosis access to vital support services, like MS Connect, MS Peer Support and MS Employment Support Programs. We’ll also be helping bring new treatments closer to reality, investing in repairing myelin damage to restore function that has been lost for people with progressive forms of the disease.
On behalf of over 25,000 Aussies living with multiple sclerosis – THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
Meet RenéeMonday 13th Mar
She’s already smashing her initial fundraising target of $250 with an incredible $2,925 raised so far (and counting!) 💪
For Renee, the MS Walk Run + Roll is important to her, her family and her friends.
“This is the first year of my diagnosis. There are 30 of us doing it. All of our family and extended family, my girlfriends and their families are coming along.”
“A year and a half ago when my first child, my son, was 8 months old I woke up one morning and the right side of my body from my neck down was completely numb and had gone quite weak. I couldn’t feel him breastfeeding and thought something is wrong here.”
“I went to hospital that day – my first time away from my son – I was in hospital for a week and it was so hard.”
“At that point, they found one lesion on my spine and there were no other lesions so they couldn’t make the diagnosis of MS.”
“Six months later I fell pregnant so they were unable to do more MRIs at that time.”
Then, in 2022, after Renee had her daughter, she had a routine MRI.
“They found 3 new lesions on my brain.”
For Renee, the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis disrupted her life.
“My daughter was 3 months old and I was also breastfeeding her so I had to stop. It took us 8 weeks to get her off breastfeeding so I could start treatment.”
“It was a very tricky time. It was quite a traumatic time.”
Her steroid treatment and monthly infusions are working now and her symptoms of numbness have since subsided over the six months following. Her neurologist is confident her treatment will prevent any new lesions.
“We got through it and I have an amazing neurologist – I have so much trust in him.”
“The diagnosis is not what it used to be. It took me time to come to terms with that as well.”
Thanks to treatment Renee is now currently symptom-free.
To her fellow fundraisers, Renee has a message:
“Keep going. It’s so important to keep allowing the funding for these ongoing services.
Having that support network and services available to people is so important. I’ve got an amazing support network and not everyone has that.”
That’s why we are all here. Together, making sure no one faces MS alone.
It’s through your fundraising that we can continue programs like Plus Connect, our gateway for people living with MS, their family and carers to get information, advice and support, as well as Plus Peer Support Groups, providing connection in-person, by phone and online. And that’s only two of the many services your fundraising makes possible.
A BIG THANK YOU TO MY SUPPORTERS
So sorry to hear this Renee!! Here’s to you kicking MS in the butt!
Love & respect Renee to you and your beautiful family.. Hoping the money raised helps find a cure for MS.xx
You’re amazing! Good luck with the walk, sending lots of love from us 💛
Sending love Renee to you and your fam x
Wishing you all the best Renee! Lots of Love xx
Lots of love and good luck with the walk! What a cause. ❤️
Right behind you beautiful lady! You’re amazing xxxx
Big love to you and good luck with the walk
Good on you Renee!! You are such an inspiration xx
Naomi & Family
Lots of love, Renee! X
Good luck with the walk- amazing effort x love the Dohertys
Alyssa & Marty
We love you xx
The Orchard Hotel
We love and support you!
Good luck with the walk Renee! Sending lots of love from London xox
Great cause. Good Luck with the walk!! X
You’re a strong woman Renee! All the best on the run, such a great cause!