Sara Donaldson shares her story with Elle Magazine
One of our ambassadors Sara Donaldson shared her very raw and personal story with MS in a recent online article with ELLE Magazine Australia. The article ‘My Mother’s Daughter’ provides an insight into the life of the Harper & Harley blog founder, and the challenges that people who suffer from MS and their families have to face.
“Every Sunday night I call my mum. We text and email during the week but, like clockwork, 5pm Sunday is our time to catch up. She tells me stories about the latest mischief our dog has gotten up to and updates me on neighbourhood news. To most people my age, a regular phone call home is less a treat and more an obligation, but I cherish the hour or so we spend sonically in sync. It’s an opportunity to listen to the sound of her voice. Like, really listen and try to decipher how she’s feeling.”
Sara’s mum was diagnosed with MS when she was 42 years old. Her first symptoms occurred while enjoying a holiday on Stradbroke Island with her family. Now, 10 years later, the hardest part for Sara is the difference in everyday life. Sara’s mum now rides a scooter and carefully balances her lifestyle to not leave herself exhausted. Sara’s parents had to move out of the house they built together because her mum could no longer get up and down the stairs.
“Leaving home and moving interstate was and still is the hardest thing for me to deal with. It’s a constant conflict, the guilt of knowing I’m not there in case Mum needs me. But I’m so thankful my dad is around – stoic and dependable – and I’m so glad she let 20-year-old me move out of home and make a life for myself in Sydney. She’s still my biggest supporter, sharing my achievements and following me on every social platform… yes, even Snapchat. She’s the first person to let me know of any tech issues on my website, sub-edits my writing, alerts me to unanswered questions on social media. Despite her diagnosis, she’s still my mum in every sense of the word.”