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Anita's Story

It was during a camping trip two years ago that changed her life forever.

“My husband Mike and I were camping at the Burra Gorge and I woke up one morning and couldn’t see out of my right eye. It was a bit like looking through your fingers – I could see little bits but the rest was fuzzy and grey.”

When the condition didn’t improve over the next few days, Anita went to the hospital only to be diagnosed with a migraine and sent home. After six months and a raft of tests, Anita was finally diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

“It was such a shock, like someone had died. You can’t help but freak out and think the worst.”

The key to understanding and coping with her diagnosis was knowledge.

“After I was diagnosed, I saw a story on Facebook about fundraising events for the MS Society of SA & NT so I did a fundraiser for my birthday and got to know the nurse there, who gave me more information and said they were here to support me.”

Since then, Anita has attended a newly diagnosed seminar and relied heavily on the support of the MS Society.

“Anything you need to know, you just call them up and ask them. They’re always there to answer your questions, you just have to ask.”

Now on a monthly treatment that is helping to control her symptoms, Anita can get back out into nature which she loves.

“There were times when I was going through a rough patch before medication when I worried I wouldn’t be able to go camping again, but I’ve actually got better and going away makes me fell much better.”

Thank you for your support of the MS Life Changer Lottery which helps the MS Society help people like Anita live their best life. Every ticket sold helps the MS Society fund research into the cause and cure and continue to provide essential support and services to people living with MS in South Australia and the Northern Territory.