At MSWA, we are privileged to support thousands of Western Australians living with neurological conditions.
Our community generously share their stories to inspire others and shine a light on what it is like to live with a neurological condition. Whilst their journeys involve challenges, it is through determination, humour and support that they are living meaningful and positive lives.
When Brian received confirmation that he had Parkinson’s Disease, he felt his beautiful life shattering into fragments.
In 2010, at the age of 50, he noticed a tremor in his hand during a theatre production. An initial appointment with his doctor was just the start of a long journey.
Ever since Tracey Hockey had a stroke in 2016 at the age of 52, she’s been trying to get 18 months of her life back. With the help of her husband Steve and her diary, she’s been able to piece together a snap shot of that time but doesn’t feel a connection to the experience she went through.
Yvette Cocivera was diagnosed with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (MS) at the age of 27.
After discussions with Yvette’s doctor and a second opinion, she knew she couldn’t ignore her life was going to change. Yvette soon realised she was going to need help, and by reaching out to MSWA, she tackled her condition with their support.
After having a stroke in 2009, Lyndee Aspey was confined to a wheelchair. Lyndee was cared for in a nursing home before moving to one of MSWA’s high support accommodation facilities in Fern River, living among people her own age.
She gets to do things she loves, like spending time with her adored granddaughter.
Ilissa has been an occupational therapist at MSWA for over six 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.”
Rob was 27 years old when he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS). At the time, he was 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.
Rob and his family turned to MSWA for information and support.
Jeff's life with Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP) began in 2014, at the age of 30. At the time, Jeff was a competitive surf lifesaver, married with a young family and volunteered at his local Police and Community Youth Centre. He was also running his own business as a locksmith.
Jennifer Egerton-Warburton was diagnosed with MS in 1998. Her condition is well-managed and she requires low support from MSWA, but in 2018 decided to raise money to support MSWA’s vital research and direct care of others living with neurological conditions in Western Australia.
Ben Reilly was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in February 2020, at 36 years old.
In October 2019, Ben, a health teacher at a Perth high school, was teaching his Year 12s and found he was struggling over words and phrases. It would come and go but mainly occurred when he would speak for long periods of time.
Margaret was diagnosed with MS in 1999. She was 29 and she and husband, Greg, were living in Melbourne. Margaret was suffering from optic neuritis, but didn’t have a GP in Melbourne and put off going to get it checked out. However, when she lost sight in one eye, she booked an appointment and was sent for further tests.