James' story

james’ story

I was 33, fit and active, but life was throwing a few curveballs my way. To make a difficult year even worse, I started to feel a numbness in my thumb. It didn’t go away, so I went to see my doctor.

My doctor wasn’t sure what was wrong, but he did say that as a worst-case scenario I could have multiple sclerosis (MS).

I was referred to a neurologist and after some tests my doctor’s worst suspicions were confirmed, I was diagnosed with MS.

It was such a shock at the time. I didn’t know how it was going to affect me and my family.

My doctor recommended some medication to help control my symptoms. At the same time, he put me in touch with The Multiple Sclerosis Society of South Australia & Northern Territory Inc. (MS Society). This is when I first met an MS nurse who came to our house and spent a few hours talking through everything from what MS actually is right through to a little counselling. It was such a scary time and having someone there talking with us was so appreciated.

James' story

Although my diagnosis was difficult to accept in the beginning, I am very thankful that I was diagnosed so swiftly. I know from my own experience that early diagnosis and treatment can improve the quality of life for people with MS.

I’m very lucky to have such a great support network in my family, friends and the MS Society. I am especially thankful that I can continue my active lifestyle and my employer is understanding and supportive.

My great hope for the future is that others can find help and support through the MS Society’s great work and a cure will be found for MS. Every ticket you buy in the MS Game Changer Lottery helps fund vital research into the cause and cure for this condition. You’re also helping the MS Society continue to provide essential services and support to South Australians living with MS.

Thank you so much for your generous support.