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Lisa's Story

Australians will suffer around 60,000 new and recurrent strokes a year, that’s one every 10 minutes.

Lisa MacLennan was in the prime of her life when she was struck down by a stroke in 2012.

Read how Lisa’s life has changed, and how MSWA and the NDIS have made her future brighter. Read Lisa's full story here.

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Rob's Story

Rob was 27 years old when he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), working as a chef in a 5-star hotel. The heat intolerance and fatigue he experienced, meant that he had to get out of the kitchen. Read Rob's full story here.

Rob's Story

Yvette's Story

Learning you have Relapsing-Remitting multiple sclerosis (MS), which has no known cause or cure, at the age of 27, was devastating for Yvette Cocivera. She was working in her dream job as a vet nurse when she started experiencing vertigo and Optic Neuritis. After discussions with Yvette’s doctor and a second opinion, she knew she couldn’t ignore her life was going to change. “After my diagnosis, I was angry and determined that I didn’t need any help, I felt like I was damaged goods. My parents were naturally worried, and it was really hard on the whole family,” said Yvette. Read Yvette's full story here.

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Andrew's Story

Foresight is a gift worth treasuring because it allows one to know what the future might hold.

Andrew Francis often circles this concept when thinking about how different his life could be. From a young age, he knew about a family neurological condition that might, or might not affect his life, and future generations. It wasn’t until 2002 that Andrew got his answer. Read Andrew full's story here.

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Neil's Story

Meet Neil.

Neil lives in one of MSWA's high support accommodation facilities. Since moving in, Neil has led a more independent and active social life. And, the 24-hour care gives his parents piece of mind.

Neil’s father says, “He’s out doing different things every day…now if we want to see him we have to make an appointment!”

Watch his journey.

Lyndee's Story

Meet Lyndee.

After suffering a stroke, Lyndee was living in a nursing home before moving to one of MSWA’s high support accommodation facilities in Fern River. Not only is she now among people her own age, the care and support Lyndee receives means she gets to participate in the activities she loves with the people she loves. Her adored granddaughter, Lyric, visits her regularly and the two can often be found hitting the shops or frequenting MSWA’s Outreach Centre for arts and crafts.

“From working with the physio I’ve got some movement back in my left side, which helped with my talking, which is good because I’m a bit of a social butterfly!”

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Anita's Story

Meet Anita.

Anita was diagnosed with MS 30 years ago. She loves being out amongst nature and is a huge believer in the power of meditation and positive thinking. Anita enjoys passing these practices on to others and with the help of her MSWA Physiotherapist and Occupational Therapist, she is able to teach mediation to adults and children within her community.

“MSWA allows me to be independent and in control, so I can give back to the community”

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Ilissa's Story

Meet Ilissa.

Ilissa has been an occupational therapist at MSWA for 6 years. She’s passionate about yoga, walks with her dog and helping people living with multiple sclerosis and all neurological conditions live the best lives they can.

“I really enjoy helping people get back to what they love doing and what’s meaningful for them.”

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Chloe's Story

Chloe Baker is a bright and hardworking 31-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). Read Chloe's full story here.

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Samantha's Story

Meet Samantha.

Samantha McKee was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in 1998. After migrating to Western Australia from the UK in 1996, Sam and her then husband had settled down with their three children to a life in the suburbs. Sam was battling a particularly bad headache that had been hanging around for two days and constant pain in her legs, when she lost vision in her right eye. After several appointments with doctors and neurologists, Sam was diagnosed with Relapsing-Remitting MS. Read Samantha's full story here.

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