Michelle Hanley one of our 2017 MS Champions explains why she wants to Kiss Goodbye to MS:
'After I was diagnosed in 2015 I eventually I plucked up the courage to pick up the phone and get in touch with MS Ireland. That was the single best phone call I have ever made. They put me in touch with a support worker who gave me all the information I needed, along with counselling, guidance and most of all I felt like she listened and cared.
Without her help I don't know where I wo...uld be today so last year I decided to take part in the Kiss Goodbye to MS Skydive Dare and fundraise for MS Ireland.
My story really seemed to strike a chord with so many people! We also organised a ‘Big Breakfast Morning’ and my whole community got involved, raising over €7,500. I really enjoyed the whole experience. It was great to be able to raise awareness of MS and how it can affect anyone at any stage of life. So many people were amazed that I even have MS and I constantly heard the phrase "but you’re so young”.
It was just great to let people know that age isn't a factor with MS! By sharing my story I hope I showed the human side of the diagnosis and that it really isn't the end of the world, you just learn to adjust.
I also got to jump out of a plane at 10,000 feet!!!! I say jump; others would say pushed. It was the most amazing experience of my life. I met some wonderful people from all across Ireland on my journey.
I can’t wait to do it all again!!
(well maybe not the skydive part)🙈'
If you want to get involved in this year's Skydive Dare head to https://bit.ly/2qSGxEV or email our fundraising team at email@example.com 💪💋😊
This week we welcome new writer Ciara O’Meara to MS and Me. Being a nurse with MS, read Ciara’s unique perspective on the MS patient experience.