Next year marks a decade since I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
These last ten years have been challenging at times, but also exceedingly rewarding.
My lows include being paralysed and wheelchair bound as a new mother, learning how to walk again, and later being forced to give up full-time work as a radio journalist. Highs include getting strong enough to be able to have my baby girl, witnessing my husband raise $40,000 for MS research, and recently winning a national award for my news presenting. My MS is unpredictable and slowly progressing, however I don't let myself be defined by it. I'm grateful for this life I've been given, with all its ups and downs.
To mark my ten year "anniversary", I want to do something BIG! Something meaningful that changes and challenges me, inspires and excites me, and also helps other people living with this debilitating disease. So together with my wonderful sister-in-law and closest friend of 25 years, Sarah, I'm "Conquering Cradle Mountain to Beat MS"!
Multiple sclerosis is the most common disease of the central nervous system and it strikes young people in the prime of their lives.
There is currently no known cure.
Multiple sclerosis affects more young people than any other neurological condition, with the average age of diagnosis just 30 years old. Every case of multiple sclerosis is unique – the symptoms, severity and progress of the disease is different for everyone.
So I'm trekking through the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area and traversing sections of the Overland Trail to raise funds to deliver essential MS support services and ensure no-one faces MS alone.
If you can, please DONATE to support my trek and give hope to thousands of Australians living with Multiple Sclerosis.
Thank you so much for your support! I am so grateful.
P.S This video was one of the first things I watched in hospital after being diagnosed with MS, and it still resonates with me to this day: Beautiful Day - English - YouTube
Thank you to my Sponsors
Blair & Sarah
Dan And Gena
Sarah De Vuono