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Chloe's Story

“An eye test that changed my life”

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.

“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, 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, including no alcohol and in bed before 9 o’clock.

“If I don’t get a good night sleep, the next day can be a struggle. If my body gets hot, it’s ten times worse and 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 donate towards funding research, and one day find a cure for MS,” said Chloe.

Chloe recently started a new job and her employer Brad Jewell has been extremely supportive. He was there when Chloe received her diagnosis and researched how he could make the workplace comfortable for her. She said “he supports me when I need to take time off for appointments and I’m able to work from home. It’s a weight off my shoulders.”

Brad said “Chloe is an Executive Assistant at Loan Cube Australia (LCA) and a personal friend, so the diagnosis was a shock for both of us. I have some previous experience with MS, three people in my immediate family have the condition.”

Witnessing Chloe’s strength at such a young age was an inspiration to Brad. Reading her blog gave him the drive to want to do more, and his company is now donating 2% of all upfront commissions from LCA to MSWA.

“I’m extremely proud to be supporting Chloe and MSWA, and I encourage others to do the same. People with MS have a lot to offer the workplace and as Chloe’s employer, I’m committed to making her working experience positive, and rewarding,” said Brad.