Losing your eyesight as you grow older can be a scary thing. Suddenly experiencing loss of eyesight and not knowing what the cause of it is, is even scarier and confronting, especially at the age of 26.

Now a mother to two beautiful six-year-old twins, Louise had worked in a corporate environment for more than ten years. She enjoyed her day-to-day routine but soon found that her vision was blurry, she was losing muscle control and experiencing spasms in her hands which caused her difficulty in holding a pen and undertaking simple writing tasks.

“After I was diagnosed with MS, I was experiencing a range of symptoms across my body that were affecting my mobility and capacity to do certain things. What was frustrating was that to anyone passing me by on the street or at work, I looked fine. I guess that’s why it’s sometimes called an invisible illness.”

“There isn’t a lot of knowledge or understanding as to what MS is and how many people it affects. Thankfully, when I was diagnosed, I reached out to the MS Society of SA & NT and was put in touch with an MS Nurse. Their support and guidance in those first few months of my diagnosis proved critical to my mental health and understanding what path of treatment would be best for me.”

“MS has affected my upper spinal cord, so I still get relapses of cramping and spasms in my hands, fatigue and headaches. The nurses at the MS Society not only guided me through my treatment process but they also provided daily support, whether it was face to face or over the phone to ensure both I was coping with my condition.”

“I’m so grateful for the support of the South Australian community. When you buy a MS Game Changer Lottery ticket, you’re giving people like me hope for a future free of MS and life well lived despite this condition. Thank you so much for buying a ticket.”