Rachel Kerr, living with MS for 12 years
Hi, my name is Rachel and this is my personal story of living with multiple sclerosis.
I see myself as a loving mother to my bubbly son and a devoted wife….except, I have MS. I was in the middle of completing my high school exams, when I noticed that something wasn’t right. I started experiencing issues with my mobility and eyesight. At first I didn’t think too much of it, so I continued to carry on with my daily life. And then my eyesight started getting worse…I couldn’t even recognise people who were standing right in front of me. That was scary!
Living in Rockhampton didn’t help as there weren’t many resources here, and so I was flown to Brisbane for test after test. I was diagnosed with MS at just 17 years of age.
It was a frightening time for me.
MS is a constant struggle between what I would like to do and what I am able to do and it presents new challenges every day.
People kept telling me that there would be things I wouldn’t be able to do anymore. Through my most difficult stages, MS Queensland has helped me see the light at the end of the tunnel. They were a wealth of knowledge and have helped me overcome some of my hurdles.
I have my whole life ahead of me, and I am not going to let MS take control!
I didn’t choose to have MS, but I can choose how I live with it. I am excited that resources in Rockhampton have come along in leaps and bounds with 2014 seeing the opening of an MS Queensland office in Rockhampton as well as the appointment of a Regional Service Co-Ordinator dedicated to the Central Queensland area.
Since being diagnosed, I have become an MS ambassador and an active member of the Rockhampton community. To me, being an MS ambassador is very important as I feel our local area needs to be aware of what MS is and the effects of MS.
Thank you to all the fundraisers for the support you show by raising much needed funds for people living with MS like me.