Tim's Story

Brought up in rural Bairnsdale, Tim’s natural talent with the oval ball resulted in him training as a pre-season rookie with the AFL Melbourne Football Club in 2002 and later playing regularly with VFL Port Melbourne.

It was in 2008, soon after he had proposed to his wife and was enjoying his football career that Tim suddenly experienced double vision while playing tennis. He went to get it checked out straight away and was quickly diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

“At the time I was really excited for the future and my diagnosis turned my life upside down! It was such a complete change in direction to how I expected my life to go. You never think it could happen to you but the truth is, it can happen to anyone.”

Soon after Tim began experiencing other symptoms affecting his mobility, balance and fatigue levels. Initially he tried to hide his symptoms at work, however after a fall at the office he contacted Multiple Sclerosis Limited (MS). They worked with Tim and his employer to help combat his impaired balance and fatigue and enable him to continue working.

“I am so grateful for the support I got from MS. Without them I think my multiple sclerosis journey would have been an absolute minefield. Having people there to guide you through it all, and to know that I’m not dealing with this on my own, is incredibly comforting.”

With the support of his wife, children, family and friends, Tim has continued his passion for sport by taking up wheelchair basketball and he hopes to one day run and kick the footy with his children when that elusive cure is found for multiple sclerosis.

“Every ticket you buy in the MS Dream Home Lottery helps MS continue to provide essential services and support to people living with multiple sclerosis and contributes to research. Thank you for your generous support.”