Rania's Story

Rania already knew the impact of multiple sclerosis (MS) when she was diagnosed, her older sister had been living with MS for the previous seven years. It seemed unimaginable that she would become the second daughter in the family to receive the same life-changing diagnosis.

“I was scared all the time” Rania admits “I’ve had episodes where I’ve lost feeling in my leg; one where I’ve lost the feeling in my arm. Each time my feeling has come back. But you always think: ‘What if next time it doesn’t?’ or ‘What if I get older and it gets worse and I can’t walk, and I end up in a wheelchair?’.”

However, Rania has not let multiple sclerosis stop her from living life to the fullest. In 2011 she won the Monash prize and gained her Bachelor of Professional Communications degree with the highest marks. She now works in digital media for a major bank and she and her husband are excited to be expecting their first child later this year.

The team at Multiple Sclerosis Limited have assisted Rania throughout her journey with multiple sclerosis with services and support to shoulder the burden and enable her to keep doing the things she’s passionate about despite the challenges she faces.

I don’t think there are enough words to describe how much I appreciate the support from the Multiple Sclerosis Limited,” said Rania “I don’t think people realise how much help it can give – just to have someone outside your family to speak to and help is so important – because it can be really, really dark not having that support.

Josh's Story

“A healthy and active lifestyle has always been very important to me. I was a semi-professional basketball player until my late 20’s, after which I took what I learnt in my basketball career and dove into a successful corporate career in sales and marketing. I had it all figured out. Or so I thought!” It was 2014 and Josh had just moved into a new home. He attempted to piece together a desk on a warm Sunday, thinking as this was an uncomplicated construction, He would be done in 20 minutes. Three hours later, He was still sitting on the floor, exhausted, unable to stand, overheated and numb. His desk was 99% constructed. After resting, he attempted a 50-metre walk and fell.

In March 2015 at the age of 36, Josh was officially diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. “When I look back, I had experienced a trail of symptoms that came and went such as fatigue, numbness and loss of balance. That desk is a beacon of hope - it reminds me that with persistence, hard work and a resilient attitude, I can own and manage my MS.” Driving home that day with my MS diagnosis weighing heavily on his mind, the victim mentality kicked in with thoughts around; “will my life ever be the same again?” and “why me?” Suddenly, a gentleman (let’s call him Bob), appeared on the path in front of Josh. He had the biggest smile on his face, and he was in a wheelchair with his legs amputated at the knees. Josh was instantly shaken out of the dark place his mind was entering. He thought, “If Bob can smile, for sure I too can find the brightness in the dark.” With this new mindset, Josh set out to utilise health, diet, mindfulness, exercise, and lifestyle changes to manage his condition. It is now six years since his diagnosis, and he is fitter and healthier in body and mind.

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