Jubilee Sailing Trust.
3rd October 2016
A heartfelt thank you goes to the Jubilee Sailing Trust for taking me on a great tall ship sailing adventure and one that I'll never forget. On their ship Tenacious http://jst.org.uk/our-tall-ships/tenacious/ I went on a voyage from Melbourne to Adelaide in southern Australia. Many of the people on board had a disability just like me. Mine is Multiple Sclerosis (MS) which is progressive and seems to be steadily getting worse. I am now often in a wheelchair as mobility is now very difficult. I am not on my own as many others have MS and other neurological diseases. Personally my life is a constant daily struggle. It has affected me in so many ways such as my balance and things like crippling fatigue and speech difficulties. Walking is impossible. I now have very scary falls. An ambulance has taken me to hospital after dialling 000 on a number of accessions when my MS has got the better of me. One time I fell, hit my head on a table and ended up with three stitches in my head. When out of the wheelchair I have to use my upper body strength to hang onto something to keep me mobile and upright or use a walking frame. Thankfully I still have that upper body strength. It must be even more difficult for others who don't have theirs. Anyway back to the voyage, It was great not to have to think about MS for a while. Adam and the crew were great. They even had a way of hoisting us high up the mast in our wheelchairs. The view up there was spectacular to say the least and I felt very safe. I do love the ocean and it has always been a huge part of my life as this short film shows. https://open.abc.net.au/explore/96096 Going past Kangaroo Island and coming into Adelaide was great to see.The people on board were fantastic as well and I made many friends. As we got comfortable with each other their smiles where a joy to see.Thanks again to the Jubilee Sailing Trust.