In January 2018 I received a life altering diagnosis while my husband and mother sat by my side, expecting to be told I had some minor lasting head injury from my motorcycle accident the previous August.
I have spent the past 12 months processing my diagnosis and everything that comes with it, including being told I am no longer a viable candidate for my life long dream of a career in policing, and that many other doors will be permanently closed to me. To say this year has been difficult and frustrating, not only for myself, but for all of those close to me, would be an understatement. I felt like I had lost my autonomy and sense of agency.
When I was diagnosed, I walked out of the neurologists office and my first question was "What even is MS, am I going to die soon...?". I was horrified. My only knowledge of MS came from primary school readathons which included marketing material of people in wheelchairs. I quickly learned that MS is a progressive disease of the central nervous system (brain, eyes and spinal cord) for which there is no cure and symptoms vary greatly between each person. Thankfully I was diagnosed at the onset of my symptoms and commenced treatment immediately. Making the decision to begin immunotherapy was incredibly challenging for me and I suffered quite sever side-effects for months.
Fast forward to now and I am ready to own my diagnosis and make it my b*tch. With the support of my favourite people, my Sciacca Bunch, I will be raising money for MS Australia, supporting research and providing support services for those effected by this nasty chronic illness. MS does not just effect those living with the condition, it touches all of those around us.
Please help us find a cure for the millions of people fighting against MS! If you would like to join us on the MS Walk/Run in March 2019, please follow the link through to our team page to sign up! Any and all donations would be received with the most profound gratitude.
I am taking part in the 2019 Canberra MS Walk + Fun Run to fight MS.
Multiple sclerosis is the most common disease of the central nervous system in young adults and it strikes young people in the prime of their lives.
There is no cure.
1 in 3 Australians know someone living with MS and the average age of diagnosis is just 30 years old. That’s incredible.
So I’m taking on this challenge to help people living with MS get the support they need to achieve their goals and live life to the fullest.
Please DONATE now to support my challenge and change the lives of Australians living with multiple sclerosis.