It was four years ago and, at the time, everything in my life seemed perfect.
I’d set up a successful marketing business, my relationship with my partner had never been better, and physically I’d never been fitter.
Then it all changed.
It started with what felt like a bit of a headache and blurred vision in my right eye. I didn’t think much of it, but when it didn’t go away I decided to visit my GP, who sent me to get some X-rays and put it down to a sinus headache.
But it didn’t get better. My vision continued to get worse, to the point that I couldn’t see out of my right eye. Eventually, I asked my partner Brad to take me to the optometrist. Looking at the charts I saw nothing but a star shape. I was frightened; that’s when I realised something was very wrong.
I went straight to the hospital where they told me I had optic neuritis. This means that my body’s immune system was attacking the protective covering of my optic nerve. I Googled "optic neuritis" and found out that 85% of people who have optic neuritis have multiple sclerosis – I convinced myself that I was one of the 15% who didn’t. Nobody wants to think they have an incurable condition.
That’s why it was such a shock when my neurologist gave me my diagnosis of MS. It was devastating! I didn’t know what this meant for me and for my future.
Straight after my diagnosis I went to the MS Society where a nurse explained what MS might mean to me and really helped me cope with my diagnosis.
The past four years have been tough. I’ve had multiple MS relapses which caused severe pain, vision loss and of course fatigue. The horrible thing is they come and go with little or no warning – and there’s nothing I can do to stop them. But, with a lot of support and my own determination, I’m running my own business and living a full life.
I don’t know what tomorrow holds for me. But I do know that every ticket you buy in the MS Game Changer Lottery makes a huge difference to the people living with MS in South Australia. Half of the proceeds go to funding research into finding a cause and cure for MS, the other half goes to providing vital services and support.
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