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I am taking part in the 2018 MS Brissie to the Bay bike ride to join the fight against multiple sclerosis. I am raising funds to show my support and your donation will make an impact to change the lives of people living with MS.
A LITTLE BIT OF MY STORY...
In November 2016 I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. This diagnossis came as a shock to all of my friends and family but for me it was a relief to finally have a diagnosis so that I knew what I was up against. My first run in with disease happened in 2010 when I was getting constant headaches and I was having trouble seeing out of my right eye. At this time I want to see my optometrist and he told me my eyes were fine but he did send me to see a specialist. This was extremely fustrating when you know something is wrong but the doctors are unable to tell you what is wrong with you. So, like any person of my generation I turned to the Internet for answers. I typed in my symptoms and among a range of different potential diagnosis there it was MS. (In hindsight it is blaring obvious this is what I had) Armed with my Intternet Diagnosis I went to see the specailist and he came to the same conclusion it is most likely MS but we need an MRI scan to be certain. So I went and got the MRI and the results came back, the MRI showed that I had a few potential legions on my brain and that I may have MS.
I was shocked and thought my life is over. But then in probably what is the most frustating part of this disease about a week later the headaches disappeared and my vision began to get clearer. By the time I was due to go back and see the eye specialist about a month after the MRI scan all my symptoms were gone and I was completely back to normal. The eye specialist told me that this happens with MS and that i should go and see a neurologist to speak with them about the possibility of MS. As you can probably guess I didn't go and see the Neurologist, I was naive and had no symptoms whatsoever, I though I had dodged the bullet.
Well, not much happened for the next four years. I moved to Brisbane and was well on track to building a life and the one day when I was out walking with my partner Stacey she asked why I was walking funny. I said I was walking normally. Then by the end of that week I was struggling to tie my own showlaces and grip things with my left hand. I was fairly stressed at this stage becuase I had been back on line to check symptoms and all signs pointed towards MS again. I went ot see the doctor and he ordered some blood tests but given my history he also suggested that I see a neurologist. The blood tests all came back fine so it was increasingly likely that I had MS.
I went ot see the Neurologist and within about 5 minutes of talking he was fairly certain that I had MS, but he ordered an MRI just to be sure. Two weeks later I went back to see him an he confirmed that yes I had MS and we should begin treatment straight away. Like I said this was a reflief to be diagnosed and begin fighting this disease.
Roughly 18 months later I am about to go for my second round of treatment and I am happy to say that I have no more symptoms to report and I am pretty much back to normal again.
You may be asking why I am telling my story here.
Well, all I can say is that I have been lucky so far in that my MS has not progresed too far at this stage. MS Queensland has been an enormous support to me in the short time that I have been diagnosed. If I had of had the support of MS Queensland when I had my first run in with MS I would have been diagnosed earlier. I can only imagine how hard it must be for people who have been diagnosed with this disease for longer than me.
I would like to ask if you could please donate any amount of money towards this great casue to allow MS Queensland to continue to support people living with MS and hopefully one day find a cure. It doesn't need to be a lot, every little bit helps and all donations are tax deductable.