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MS stopped me competing in triathlons something I was so passionate about.
Tauranga, Bay Of Plenty
Multiple Sclerosis stopped me competing in triathlons a few years back, something I was so passionate about that it ruled my life back then. But it has opened doors to some amazing opportunities and experiences that I’m so much stronger, potentially happier because of.
At home in the Bay with family nearby and friends too - it is a beautiful place! Great opportunities to enjoy the outdoors – the bush, the beach, the water. As far as my exercise goes, well I can only run for a few wobbly steps… But I can truthfully say I don’t mind this, there are other things to life and other much more fun ways to achieve fitness. The greatest thing is to have come to this realisation. One must be careful of attributes that drive determination and stubbornness! Nowadays I LOVE my swimming and count my lucky stars every day that my arms are not affected, strangely enough.
In giving advice to anyone dealing with similar such challenges: it is important to be flexible, so you can be ready to take the punches. Often symptoms come on unpredictably. Not saying that you have to succumb to it, just TRY not to let it get you down or alter your attitude. Life is tough sometimes but be strong, stay positive. Distract yourself.. and sometimes that challenge becomes a blessing :)
That is my story. A dear friend had encouraged me to participate in this challenging ocean swim event last year and I will do my best to keep him proud!
We are a non-profit organisation formed to provide ongoing support, education and advocacy for people with Multiple Sclerosis. It also aims to educate the general public, employers and health professionals about these diseases.
I will do it to help raise awareness around MS and funds for the invaluable BOP Multiple Sclerosis Society!