Margaret Cable, from Toodyay, was diagnosed with MS in the early days of COVID-19. Her story is a heartening example of “I connect, we connect” – the official tagline of World MS Day 2022. From the moment of her diagnosis, Margaret has felt a connection to services and support - despite living regionally and during a pandemic.
After living for 15 years with what she now knows as neurological symptoms, Margaret was finally sent for an MRI two years ago and was relieved to finally have a diagnosis.
At her MS assessment at the Perron Institute, Margaret was supported by one of the MSWA Neurological Liaison Nurses who work in conjunction with Perron.
“That initial appointment was how I found out about how MSWA could help me,” Margaret explains.
Shortly after, Margaret was pleased to automatically receive paperwork from the NDIS. “This was all instigated by Perron and the MSWA Nurse,” she says.
Through her NDIS funding, Margaret receives Support Coordination, Occupational Therapy and Speech Pathology from MSWA. “I saw an MSWA Counsellor when I was first diagnosed. I don’t need help with that side of things yet, but it’s good to know they’re just a phone call away.”
Margaret is an advocate for the practical benefits of telehealth and has been dialling in to fortnightly appointments with her MSWA Speech Pathologist, Clare.