Meet Kim, living with MS
Kim has generously shared her story with us, and here it is in her own words….
Where it all began…
It all began about 4 years ago when I started going blind in one eye. After lots of tests, a lumbar puncture and multiple MRI scans, I received my MS diagnosis. I was only 31. I had a mix of emotions – shock, disbelief, denial. Emotions that left me angry and asking “why me?”
I had numerous hospital visits, and received a lot of steroid treatments and thankfully my eyesight came back after about 6 months. This has happened again 3 times (called ‘relapses’). My relapses have also seen me lose feeling from my chest down to my feet.
Support from MS Queensland…
I reached out to MS Queensland over the phone and they helped guide me when I was unsure who to turn to, or if I should go to hospital when my symptoms got worse.
I had contact with an MS Nurse and also had a home visit by a support person. It was a nice feeling to know they were always there to help. It’s easy to feel alone with MS because lots of people just don’t understand.
Life with MS….
I am on treatment now which involves injecting myself 3 times a week to slow or stop the progression of my MS. So far so good. Everything has stopped as my last scan came back with no new activity.
Having MS can be difficult when symptoms increase, especially running my own hairdressing business and being a mum to my 18 month old daughter. I just try to get on with my life as best as I can. Don’t get me wrong, it has gotten me down in the past, but it does make it a lot easier for me having a beautiful daughter, amazing partner, family and friends which I am grateful for everyday.
At first I didn’t want to reveal to everyone that I have MS. I didn’t want anyone to pity me or feel sorry for me. I thought about it a lot and after two weeks I saw that the MS Moonlight Walk is about helping not just myself but others who are in the same if not worse situation, and to educate others. Because the more we understand the more we can help.