"An eye test that changed my life"
Chloe Baker is a bright and hardworking 34-year-old who has built her life based on a positive attitude and determination. She was living in New Zealand in 2017, running a cosmetic business with her partner Shaun, when her vision became impaired and she started feeling fatigued.
Wrapping up the business in New Zealand and coming home to her family, meant Chloe could focus on her health, and after an eye test that led to an MRI, Chloe was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS).
"The biggest shock was seeing the lesions on my brain and spine, I wasn’t prepared for that - it was the one time I cried." said Chloe.
Telling her family about the diagnosis was difficult and Chloe’s sister, who is a nurse, was extremely upset. “This was one of the hardest things I’ve had to do, you have to be strong and calm when telling your family, but on the inside, you’re still processing what it means for you. My sister and I are very close and naturally she had a lot of questions, some of which I couldn’t answer,” said Chloe.
After adjusting to her diagnosis, Chloe’s mum reached out to MSWA on her behalf. That first phone call from the MSWA team was very impactful. To hear a reassuring voice that could answer her questions helped to not feel so alone.
Life for Chloe is a little different since her diagnosis, 6-monthly infusions can be exhausting but her body is responding positively. Heat intolerance, double vision, fatigue and anxiety are her daily battles but living a healthy lifestyle is something Chloe now takes seriously.
“When my body becomes overheated, my vision gets more difficult and most times during exercise I need to close one eye to see where I’m going,” said Chloe.
Whilst facing life with MS seemed daunting at first, Chloe embraced the challenges and is now helping others with the condition, to live positively through her ‘My MS blog’.
“I’m really passionate about promoting my journey with MS in a positive and relatable way. I hope my story can create awareness and encourage people to support MSWA.”
“I am confident about my future knowing MSWA is Western Australia’s leading contributor to neurological research."
“Every dollar spent towards research leads us one step closer to finding a cure for MS and that makes me hopeful.”
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