MS doesn’t stop me learning new things

Marcia, 58, Brazil

I was diagnosed with MS 18 years ago. My first symptom was vision problems and I was really scared at the thought of losing my sight because I’ve always loved reading.

Sometimes I have trouble walking, so for Christmas I bought myself a new frame. Some people think it’s a shopping trolley or something to carry pets in. Some people say it’s too big and ugly, but I don’t mind. What matters is that it makes me feel safe.

I used to be a bank manager but I had to retire due to my MS. That meant I had more time to spend with my daughters. I also began using my time to study new topics like history, sociology, astrology, cookery and painting. A few years ago one of my daughters asked me ‘why not enrol in college?’ So I did!

When I was studying history at college, my classmates noticed that I spoke and wrote well, and they encouraged me to write a book. I didn’t think I would be able to, but I did it, and I’m now writing my third book!

MS has helped me to live better. It doesn’t stop me from learning new things. It’s given me the chance to do more for myself, gain knowledge and become a better person.