After multiple sclerosis almost took away her ability to walk last year, Jo Fielder has now set herself the challenge of climbing Mount Snowdon. And she wants to raise at least £2,000 for the MS Trust in the process.
About a year ago, I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. I was in a lot of pain, one side of my body had gone almost completely numb, I could hardly walk down the garden let alone up a mountain and I was petrified. This lasted for five months. After a month of respite I had another relapse and was told my MS was rapidly evolving. Mentally, I froze with fear. I was put on a powerful drug therapy which has helped enormously and my MS has largely been in remission for the last four months or so.
Knowledge is power apparently but there was little information available to help me understand my condition. Until I found the MS Trust. If I hadn’t found them, I would still be utterly flummoxed by this hugely complicated disease. Me, my friends and family are much better informed thanks to the work that they do.
MS changed my life, almost overnight. I had to give up my career, learn to cope with a whole range of weird and wonderful symptoms and completely change my outlook on life. I have a drip fed drug infusion every month to keep me on the straight and narrow and that is really starting to have some effect.
Over the past year however, my legs have developed an intermittent fault. Some days they’re completely fine, other days they feel like they’re filled with concrete and won’t work properly. They don’t feel like my legs anymore even though they look the same. This scares the living daylights out of me so I have decided to make the most of them while I can! They may never get any worse but who knows what tomorrow brings – I certainly don’t! I just feel very lucky to still be mobile when so many other MSers that I meet no longer have that luxury.
Climbing Snowdon might not sound like a huge challenge to a lot of you but I remember the days last year when a trip to the washing line looked like a marathon – trust me, this is a huge deal! I just hope that May 16th is a ‘good day’!
Find out more and sponsor Jo on her Justgiving page