By Millie Looker

It’s that time of year again — the MS Game Changer Lottery is here. And while the flash and sparkle of those incredible prizes can be blinding, there is an underlying message that we ALL need to learn more about.

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a chronic neurological condition that 2,300 South Australians are living with RIGHT. NOW.

MS impacts people in hundreds of different ways — so no person living with this condition is quite the same.

There is absolutely no rhyme or reason as to why someone is struck with MS, and there is no known cure.

These facts aren’t here to scare you, but hopefully they make you think about what you can do to support the MS Society to ensure that they continue receiving the funding that they need to support the people in our community that might be struggling with this condition.

One incredible soul, Deb, has offered to share her story so we can all understand a little bit more about what life with MS might be like. Thank you, Deb xx

I was 31 with a three-year-old daughter and two-year-old son and like most new mums, I spent a lot of time pushing a pram around. One day I began to notice a numbness in my arm and put it down to a pinched nerve in my neck. That seemed the only logical explanation.

But the numbness didn’t go away.  After I started experiencing blurred vision I went to my GP who referred me to a neurologist.

That’s when it happened: I was diagnosed with relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis (MS). I didn’t know what this would mean for me and my family. I’d heard of MS but didn’t really understand what it was. I had so many questions and it seemed like nobody was there to give me the answers. 

I was experiencing many different symptoms including fatigue, numbness, tightness across the chest, inability to walk, and falling over. I just couldn’t keep my balance – this was a very frightening time for me and my family. 

My neurologist put me in touch with the MS Society and that is when I first met MS nurse, Helen. She was a fantastic help to me during that time. I would phone her every few days for help and advice. She also came out to my house and talked to my family to explain the MS. She even organised a physiotherapist and an occupational therapist to help me to keep doing the things I’d always done despite my MS.

That support meant a lot to me in those early days. To know you’re not alone, to know there’s someone you can talk to who actually understands what you’re going through – that was just invaluable.

I was relapse-free for eight years. I was even able to get back to work and set up a business with my husband, who is a carpenter. The problem with MS is it’s so unpredictable.

Two years ago, I had to stop working again as my cognitive abilities had started to decline. I was getting tremors in my hands, finding it hard to do computer work, dropping things and forgetting things. Despite what MS throws at me I really want to keep going and the great support I have around me helps keep me positive.

I can’t thank the MS Society enough for their help over the years. When you buy a MS Game Changer Lottery you’re helping them to continue to provide essential services and support to thousands of people living with MS in South Australia just like me.

Half of the proceeds from the MS Game Changer Lottery go to providing vital services and support and the other half funds essential research into finding a cause and cure for MS.

Thank you so much for your generous support.

Deb

This year the prize pool for the MS Game Changer Lottery is BIGGER and BETTER than ever.

Do you like the sound of a $1.6 million Metricon home and land package? Or perhaps $1.5 million in cash tickles your fancy instead? I know that I wouldn’t mind driving away in a Mercedes – AMG GT Coupé… or perhaps I’d take the $250,000 cash instead!

There are only 60,000 tickets sold, so the chances of winning one of the 4,018 prizes is pretty impressive so make sure to BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW!

Tickets are only $100 each, and not only could it maybe change YOUR life, but it will help someone with MS too.

TO PURCHASE TICKETS

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Millie Looker

Millie Looker

Writer, Content Creator, Events Manager and Operations sensation, she’s the backbone to ensuring Adelady runs like clockwork.

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