Rachel was diagnosed with MS in 2006, just before graduating from high school. Rachel mysteriously went almost completely blind one day. An emergency medical flight to Brisbane and a multitude of tests later, was has told she had MS.
Rachel says that for her, MS is a constant struggle between what she would like to do and what she is able to do. It presents new challenges everyday and MS Queensland is actively working in communities to help people like Rachel overcome these hurdles.
Whilst facing life with MS seemed daunting, Rachel embraced her diagnosis and is now helping others to live positively with the condition. She became a MS Queensland Young Ambassador, got married, has two beautiful children and has actively involved herself in our fundraising events including the local MS Swimathon in Rockhampton.
In 2013, Rachel has played a crucial role helping MS Queensland establish the 12 hour Rockhampton MS Swimathon, and has been one of our highest fundraisers through the event. Rachel has raised over $14,500 and in 2018 she was chosen as one of MS Queensland 60 most influential people.
“Being an MS Ambassador is very important to me as I feel Central Queensland needs to know more about the effects of MS. It also enables me to be able to present specific regional needs for the Rockhampton area back to MS Queensland to enable service improvements.”
“MS Queensland offers people living with MS a wealth of knowledge and services and it’s great to know they offer options for anyone, at any age, to help raise those much needed funds we need to keep going.”
Rachel says gaining funding and raising awareness are the two vital components to improving the lives of people living with MS.