When you’re a mum of three small children and running two businesses, sometimes you need a good holiday to unwind. We know many of our readers can relate to this, but imagine finally getting away on that holiday only to fall ill.
This is exactly what happened when Amy Dowling took off to a resort for a well-earned break with her husband and three children aged just seven, four and one. Waking up one morning with a completely numb arm, Amy thought she had slept on it the wrong way. She tells what happened next:
I tossed and turned for a while, but it didn’t go away. I sat up and breastfed the baby; it’s still there. Then I started to get chest pain from panic. After an hour, a call was made to a duty nurse who then called an ambulance as a stroke was a concern. Back home a neurologist refered me for an MRI which revealed three brain lesions; my first MS attack.
Fast forward six months and I am fundraising to walk in the MS walk as well as trying to raise awareness for this disease. I didn’t know that the average age of diagnosis of MS is just thirty years and that MS affects three times as many women as men and I bet many others don’t either!
My husband, three kids and I, along with some close friends – one also with MS – are taking part in the 2012 MS Walk and Fun Run in order to raise funds for people affected by multiple sclerosis. MS is is the most common disease of the central nervous system and affects more than 21,000 Australians.
We can only imagine the heartbreak of such a diagnosis at such a young age, and with three children to care for. Amy runs both Mudd Kids and Allergy Riders so she is part of the business community in which Babyology circulates – our hearts go out to Amy and her family.
To mark World MS Day on 30 May, for every new liker on Facebook in June, we’ll give twenty cents to MS Research Australia. You can help by sharing this post with your Facebook friends, your real-life friends and everyone else you know. Ask them to like Babyology’s Facebook page and each like will earn 20c for MS Research. It really is as simple as that!