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Graham’s story

It was the year 2000, a new century and I was on top of the world! I was 32 and very fit and active at the time. I was a keen cyclist and I would cycle 40 kilometres a day. Then I noticed I was having some issues with walking and I started to feel a tingling in my arms and legs. I knew something wasn’t quite right, so I went to see my GP and he referred me to a neurologist.

I had an MRI and then I received the news: I had multiple sclerosis. To make matters worse my diagnosis came on the day of my mother’s funeral. I was absolutely devastated, it felt like the worst thing that could happen.

I did the MS readathon as a kid and as my mum had Parkinson’s I knew a bit about MS. I’ve had my ups and downs over the years, but I have had amazing support, especially from the MS Society.

I am a regular at the MS Society gym and enjoy challenging the occupational therapists to a race on the stationery bikes! I’ve also had physiotherapy, attended the falls prevention course and the mindfulness seminar which I use every day. I’ve also participated in the MS Mighty Swim and I do aqua therapy once a week.

I am incredibly grateful for the support I’ve received from the MS Society over the last 18 years. I have had some relapses over the years, but at the moment I am feeling better that I have done for years. It has really helped to feel part of a community that understands what it means to live with this condition.

Thank you for your support of the MS Game Changer Lottery which helps the MS Society help people like me live the best life I can.

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