Before Multiple Sclerosis showed up 11 years ago surfing was a very big focus in my life. I loved it and traveled all over the world doing it. I went to Indonesia over ten times and to Mexico, Hawaii, California and Europe as with all over Australia. One day though I was driving back to Port Fairy in South West Victoria from Naracoorte in South Australia with my young son and a good friend in the car. I started getting double vision and instead of seeing one line in centre of the highway there was now two. I didn't trust what I was seeing and it was very difficult to determine which line was the real one. I didn't feel safe driving anymore and thankfully my friend took over. I remembered one day a few weeks before then. I was out surfing in Port Fairy with a good mate and the horizon started doubling up. I could see two horizons unless I shut one eye. It was impossible to balance on the surfboard and I spent most of the time falling off. What's going on I though? I wasn't enjoying this at all so I waved to my friend and went in. Oh well he would have thought 'more waves for me'! It was very difficult walking on the rocks back to the car and I spend most of the time on my hands and knees. What's going on I asked myself time and time again. After the driving episode I went and saw a neurologist and had a MRI scan. It revealed scaring on my brain and my fate was sealed. The neurologist diagnosed it as Multiple Sclerosis. Is that all I remember thinking at the time. I'm not going to die as I first thought. Little did I know though what a horrible, greedy and difficult disease it really is and that my life would never be the same again! After having a bad fall in a toilet block and cutting my head deeply with blood everywhere, I then had to get an ambulance to take me to hospital and get sone stitches. I was just very lucky that someone found me on the floor of the toilets and helped. I have had to access my life and now live in a nursing home so I can get the help that I need and feel safer thanks mainly to the great nurses. I am just very grateful and fortunate that I had so many great experiences and events in life before MS showed up.
The ABC Open did a short film on me and my daily swim and here is a link to it if you would please have a look at it. Thank You.