Renee Criddle

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 

Renée  xox 

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Talissa Bazaz

Nee, I looked up to you even before I met you. And now as friends - your incredible strength and huge heart have me in constant awe! I’m so proud of you for taking on such a huge challenge and the difference this fundraising will make for so many others. Get it guuurrlll!!! 🥰🥰🥰🥰

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Matt Gormly

So, so proud of the way you live your life xxxx

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Ben Carney

Amazing effort Renee! Lots of love, Jackie, Ben, Mitchell and Lucas

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Michelle Freney

Love you Beastly - what an incredible experience for you and Sarah. We'll be with you in spirit Love B2 and Vic xox

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Blair & Sarah

You are such a wonderful person who puts others before yourself. It's been so great working with you and laughing at silly things. Keep being you.

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Dan And Gena

Go conquer girls! An inspiration as always Renee.

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Ben

Awesome stuff Renee, I’m sure you nail it no prob! What a great initiative

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Liz Gormly

Dear Renee. You never fail to amaze me. Your strength and tenacity is seemingly limitless although I know it must nee very challenging for you at times. I know you can do this! I can see you at the top of Cradle Mountain and I wish I could be by your side, bit I will do all that I can to support you over the next 12 months and will help at the home front when you are gone. I send so much love to you. Your proud Mum. Xxxx

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Auntie Cathy

Dearest Renee Not only are you so beautiful, but the guts you show daily and always and the way you handle this disease leaves me speechless and in awe. Hugs my girl. So much love, Cathy and Bram

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Michelle Cato

Can’t believe it’s been 10 years. You are an inspiration darling. Xxxxx

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Lewis Andrews

You are a strong and beautiful woman and we are right behind you.

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Maddy Backen

Lots of love from Maddy xxx

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Meegan Thomson

So proud of you Née, such an inspiration 🌻

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Bev Criddle

The s’myelin sisters will find a new pathway for those neurones 👏👏

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Laura Paradise

Get it girls! You inspire me.

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Natalie Tierney

Go Renee! You’ll smash the walk/hike :) I really hope that there is a cure found soon, my sister is suffering from a bad auto immune disease, and it’s just awful to see how it impacts people’s lives. You are an inspiration!

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Sarah Byrnes

You’re a superstar Renee. Neurological diseases and conditions don’t get enough research funding. Despite the trek being difficult I’m sure it will also be breathtakingly beautiful once you reach the summit. Good luck with your training/preparation. I believe in you xx

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Catherine Hensen

Good luck and have a great time trekking through one of the most beautiful parts of the world

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Kylie Hockey

Stronger than I could ever be!

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Paul Stewart

Hey Renee, I have no doubt you will conquer this hike and turn it into Criddle Mountain!

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Laura Stewart

I’m too proud of you to even try to put it into any kind of words. ❤️

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Sarah De Vuono

Just keep s'myelin :)

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Karen Fahey

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Melissa Jaros

Good luck gorgeous lady! You are downright one of the kindest people I know and I miss seeing your smiling face in the corridors. Good luck! Xx