Let's kiss goodbye to MS
Shona and Carey
I was diagnosed with MS in 2018. It didn’t come as a huge surprise-I’d previously had symptoms-but it was nonetheless devastating.
MS is the result of damage to myelin, a protective sheath surrounding nerve fibres of the central nervous system. Damage to myelin interferes with messages between the brain and other parts of the body.
The development, symptoms, and severity of MS are different for everyone. For me, at the moment, it’s my optic nerves that are being affected. This causes me periods of blurred vision which is both disorienting and frustrating. As nerves run everywhere in your body, the scope for symptoms is endless. I consider myself lucky; my symptoms could be so much worse.
Because of my diagnosis, I’ve chosen to embark on this “bucket list” adventure trek to China. Neither my doctor nor I know when, how, or if my symptoms will change or develop So I’ve decided to do as much as I can while I can still see to do it. My wonderful friend Carey did not hesitate to offer her support and volunteer to join me. For that I am very grateful. We will fundraise for research, train and travel together and have many laughs along the way.
Currently there is no cure for MS. I, along with thousands of others, want one. Fundraising for MS Research Australia (MSRA) will help further the vital research into the cause, treatment, and future cure. It may not happen in my lifetime, but I want to help MSRA prevent, better treat, and ultimately cure MS for future generations.