Five minutes with Mez Gallifuoco
Mez Gallifuoco is a digital media expert, a blogger, has a science degree, is a Kiss Goodbye to MS Ambassador and a motivational speaker. She also happens to have MS. After the initial shock of her diagnosis at just 18 years of age, Mez decided to do everything she could, to live the life she had always dreamed of. We take 5 minutes with Mez as she shares her journey from the first days of her diagnosis and living with MS today, explaining why it called for her to be a better version of herself.
How did the your MS diagnosis change your life?
Dramatically! Not only did it affect my personality but my entire life changed. It is not common statistically to be diagnosed that young and it initiated a huge change in my character. I was only 18 years old and working as a makeup artist. I had an entire life established and after the diagnosis I decided to completely change it. I instinctively stepped up and quit my job, a bit naively at only 18 perhaps. I became fascinated by the science of MS and so I enrolled in University.
I look back now and know that moments like that call for us to be a better version of ourselves. When I was faced with this intense challenge I had to spall to action. I thought, “I have to stop stuffing around and make sure I can look after myself, learn about this and do something”.
What is it like living with MS?
I find it difficult and at times, it is very testing. It varies from person to person but for me, I am constantly checking in on my body. I check how I’m walking and moving, whether my hands are shaking or if my vision is fine.
Why is fundraising so important?
We need fundraising for the research. One doesn’t work without the other. We depend so heavily on the little people, grassroots level fundraising, not the big corporations.
What would you tell someone who has just been diagnosed?
Researching allows you exercise independence, responsibility and too regain the control that you feel you have lost through the illness. If you are vocal about it and try to create an environment for yourself where you can flourish than you can achieve a lot with MS!
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