31 Days of MS: My Tale of Determination
Day 20 of 31
This is Bron Webster’s story:
Multiple sclerosis is unpredictable and volatile.
I got my diagnosis in 1996. I adapted. I gave up my 20-year financial services career in 2008 to focus on my daughter. I retrained for a flexible role. I built on my post-graduate MBA and did a specialized diploma to facilitate complex groups of people going through massive life transitions. I did this while setting up a business.
Things were looking good.
Then January 2014 happened: I had extensive eight-hour facial surgery to remove a lump under my jaw. Ten days later, I was diagnosed with a very rare cancer of my salivary gland. Immediately, I closed my business, canceled all bookings, and couldn’t help other people.
Recovery from surgery while having daily radiotherapy to my neck and mouth for six weeks felt like a nuclear holocaust in my mouth and on my face, behind my ear.
It’s hardly surprising that I had a debilitating MS relapse later in the year, which left me unable to walk more than two steps!
I spent the next 18 months following surgery simply trying to recover physically and emotionally. I went from being able to jog, MS-style, 10 km to running nowhere and struggling to walk.
I had to adapt.
I discovered Nordic walking (with poles) but for the next 12 months, I found walking any distance tired me out massively.
Now, I can’t give up. I will keep going. My MS is likely to worsen, and I have to find the absolute mindset to keep going.
I can’t plan for my illness, but I have found ways to mitigate it. There’s a lot I can’t do.
I have adapted.
I’ve found opportunities to work completely flexibly. I’ve found opportunities to keep my mind active. I’ve found opportunities to enable me to stay positive — no more office politics or business overheads. And I found opportunities in line with my future goals.
I’m using my personal experience of life transformation, as a person living with MS and having encountered a rare cancer. I’m working on things that make me feel great and part of something bigger than myself.
You can find out more by contacting me via email at [email protected].
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