20/03/2024 by

Beth, a Uniting Church Minister, has been defying the odds since her diagnosis with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in 2004.  

Recalling the sudden onset of her symptoms, she remembers,  

“I went blind in my eye overnight. It took nearly 8-9 months for my sight to come back.” 

Despite the initial shock, she embraced the quick diagnosis, determined not to let it hold her back from her passion for youth ministry and helping others. 

“I thought, ‘Nope, can’t let this hold me up!'” 

Throughout the years, Beth has encountered various challenges associated with MS, including chronic fatigue and mobility issues. However, her steadfast resolve to live life to the fullest has remained unwavering.  

“There’s a quote that goes around, what’s it say: ‘It’s a pest, you just brush it off and keep on going’.” 

Despite the impact of MS on her day-to-day life, Beth continues to pursue her passion for youth ministry and community engagement.  

Beth’s involvement in the Brissie to the Bay event exemplifies her determined spirit. Despite the physical challenges, she participates in the event alongside her team, aptly named “Team Beth and Friends.” Their goal is not only to raise funds, but also cheer along others who are doing the life-changing ride. 

With a fundraising target of $1000, Beth is determined to make a meaningful impact through her involvement in the event. Through her efforts, she hopes to raise awareness and inspire others to contribute to the cause. Reflecting on her participation, Beth shares,  

“Every cent makes a difference, and it’s for a good cause.” 

Beth is grateful for the accessibility and compassionate care offered by MS Queensland, which has been invaluable throughout her journey. She particularly appreciates the information provided by nurses during the early days of her diagnosis, and the support in helping her overcome her fear of needles. Additionally, having access to a local wellbeing centre for various services has been instrumental. Beth credits MS Queensland’s services for assisting her in navigating the complexities of MS over the years. Beth’s journey is about embracing life’s challenges with an open heart and a determined spirit, and she hopes to inspire others to do the same. In her own words, 

“You only get one life, and we’ve got to be able to help those around us to keep going and feel positive.” 

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