Being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) 3 years ago has certainly changed my life, not just mine but my sons as well.
At times it can be an unfair and crippling disease and one that makes me want to bury my head in the sheets and never get out of bed. However, I have one very important reason to do the complete opposite of that, to make everyday count. That reason is my very busy 10-year-old son Connor.
Since the day he was born he has not stopped moving and for the mums out there you know how tiring that can be, let alone doing it as a solo mum and fighting the never-ending battle of fatigue, pain and relapses that comes with MS.
Connor knows I have MS. He has seen me battle my way out of a wheelchair, struggle to find the energy to go to work every day and has been with me through all the drug trials and treatments watching all but one treatment fail.
I am a very passionate mum though when it comes to raising Connor. More than anything in the world, it is so very important to me to not only teach Connor, but show him, that even though life can throw you lemons, you still take every opportunity for a great adventure. Live the best life you can and never give up on your dreams no matter how far away that may seem. Because, you never know….one day, you may be lucky enough to get to fulfil those dreams, just as I recently did by walking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu thanks to the Mastering Mountains Grant.
It’s because of my passion for life, the outdoors and everything that is amazing and wonderful within it, that the bad days are so much more bearable, and Connor gets to see me fight every day and watch me never give up.
To read more stories see My Story. My Strength. My MS.