Meet Tamlin Kobi

Tamlin is one of our incredible Kiss Goodbye to MS fundraisers, who herself faces MS indirectly every day. Tamlin’s husband Kent was diagnosed with MS 9 years ago, at the age of 27. Since then, their family’s journey with MS has been very up and down. Kent’s main symptoms are extreme fatigue, some numbness and minor balance issues. To date, Kent has tried and failed 4 different kinds of treatment, and his MS has been progressing in every one of his regular MRI’s.

To be able to start a family, Kent took some time off medications before he began a new treatment (Lemtrada) last year, however the effectiveness of the treatment cannot be determined straight away. Tamlin is a primary school teacher and mother of two young kids, which is why the toughest part of Kent’s MS is his extreme fatigue, especially with two very active kids running around.

The hardest part about being the partner of someone facing a chronic disease is the feeling of complete helplessness. I can do everything possible to physically help, but I can’t take the symptoms and ups and downs of MS away.”

Tamlin is a keen runner and uses her running and fitness to be a role model to her family and friends, and to help raise awareness and much needed funds for MS research. This year, Tamlin completed the Sydney Half Marathon and the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in Sydney, and raised an incredible $998 for Kiss Goodbye to MS along the way!

“We are in a very positive place with Kent and his MS at the moment. Our journey has allowed us to really appreciate the little things in life, to take each day at a time and to slow down our pace of living. Most weekends you will find us within walking distance of our home, catching up on rest as needed, reconnecting as a family and enjoying the little everyday moments of being together as a family.”

Thank you for your dedication Tamlin and for fundraising for Kiss Goodbye to MS! You are a great inspiration, not only to Kent and your kids, but to the entire MS community. All funds raised by you go directly towards identifying the triggers for MS, developing better treatments and seeking a cure for MS.