31 Days of MS: I Have MS to Thank for Pushing Me Toward My Dreams

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Yazzie Nicolau

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Day 22 of 31

This is Yazzie Nicolau’s (@yazzietalks) story:

I am a 31-year-old free-spirited vegan and coming up on my five-year “diagnosary” of MS. Yep, that’s me!

To be honest, since being diagnosed, my life has felt a lot smoother. I’ve gotten a lot more answers to a lot of unanswered questions that all seem to make sense now. I treat my MS like my best mate: we have our ups and downs, we argue and then make up, and MS puts me in my place when I lose control.

I thought my diagnosis would hinder me and my career, but, if anything, it has pushed me. I am now a TV producer in London. I never thought I would be able to say that. I have often been discriminated against for my MS or been told not to let employers know about my MS. My motto is, if they don’t want someone with a disability working for them then I don’t want to work for them; it’s their loss. I also think it is extremely important we teach employers the importance of acknowledging visible and invisible disabilities.

I want to encourage others with MS not to give up. Pushing myself, which has often been painful, has meant that I have accomplished something I never thought I would have. And in a weird way, I have my MS to thank for that.

Without MS, I may have given up my career to work a boring 9-to-5 job, which definitely is not where I belong. My MS reminds me to live life to the fullest each and every day.

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