Eight months on, after following a special diet, I’ve lost 35kg . I can walk unassisted for 500 meters and, even though MS will be with me for the rest of my days, my life feels like it has returned to normal. My partner has been amazing. My full-time carer at times, he’s also helped me with my diet and kept me motivated.
At work, the support of my managers has meant I’ve been able to adapt my role and my hours. I’ve been able to focus on my health – on exercise, diet and physio and hospital appointments. ANZ’s subsidised health insurance has also been an amazing help.
The flexibility offered by ANZ has also made it possible for me to continue to work for the bank, now remotely as a customer consultant. It’s a role that’s well suited to me now with a weakened immune system, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic.
I now know that staying positive is the key to staying well. I’ve accepted my symptoms are here to stay and that if it’s hot I get tired, and if it’s cold I get numb. I have constant pins and needles in my hands and feet, but this only makes me more grateful for what I have in my life.
I’ve learnt not to sweat the small stuff and I’m not hard on myself for not being able to do all the things I used to do. I’ve don’t worry about what others think and I have learned to enjoy the small beauties of life, while not taking anything for granted.