I had my first MS symptoms in October 2016, shortly after my 30th birthday. I was admitted to hospital where I spent a week undergoing various tests and was told it was suspected MS. But I would only be given a diagnosis when, or if, I had a second relapse. Having three young children who were 1, 2 and 5 at the time it was an incredibly scary and difficult time.
I decided quite early on that I wanted to get involved in charity work. I needed a distraction and to bring some positivity out of the situation. With encouragement from friends and family we decided to start by climbing Snowdon!
The most memorable weekend of my life
What began with a small group turned into 43 of us heading off on a road trip to Wales and the most memorable weekend of my life! The weather was awful for most of the weekend and on the day of the climb there was torrential rain, floods and 60mph winds, so we were advised by the rangers not to go ahead. As we gathered at our flooded campsite that morning we agreed we had to at least give it a go.
With my amazing team by my side we made it two thirds of the way up before we knew it wasn't safe to continue. We still had the most amazing time, the team spirit was incredible and, despite being soaked before we even started, we were still laughing and everyone was so positive. That evening the rain finally stopped and we took over the campsite and had a huge BBQ and plenty of drinks. It was a perfect end to a crazy weekend!
Our original target was £3,000. As a team we just hit £10,000 with Gift Aid.
10 days after the climb I received my formal diagnosis of MS.
A second attempt
My husband and I decided we needed to go back and finish the climb. So in September, on our 8th wedding anniversary, we tried again and this time the sun was out and we made it all the way to the top!
The MS Trust has been so supportive and wonderful during our fundraising and we are busy planning the next event. It has helped me so much to be involved in charity work and brought so much positivity at such a difficult time.