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Empowered to live well

15 years ago Rebekah Marche was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) and life has been filled with ups and downs ever since. Despite her diagnosis Rebekah’s positivity, dedication to her health and support from her family and MSWA has given her strength to enjoy every day.

“MSWA has been a lifeline for me, they have been there for me every step of the way.

Their support is phenomenal, and I can’t stress enough that reaching out to them is one of the best things to do if you are diagnosed with a neurological condition.”

Rebekah, now 57, was an aspiring actor, attending Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in the mid-80s. Looking back on this time, she realises something was not right.

“I was always injuring myself. I’d say this was the beginning of my MS.”

Rebekah developed a persistent headache and her vision started to blur. She visited a chiropractor who told her to see a doctor. A neurologist at Royal Perth Hospital began tests.

“I was told it could be a brain tumour, so when I was diagnosed with progressive MS, I was actually relieved!”

But then her symptoms worsened.

“Everything went haywire – my sense of taste disappeared, and parts of my body went numb. But thankfully, steroids stopped these symptoms immediately.”

Rebekah’s neurologist recommended she contact MSWA straight away, which she did.

“I accessed everything they had to offer, and it made the most amazing difference.”

An MSWA nurse taught her how to inject her medication and she attended speech therapy, counselling, sound therapy, physiotherapy and mindfulness at MSWA Wilson Services Centre.

“It’s taken all this time to accept that I have MS, but by looking after myself and with support from my family, friends and MSWA, I feel empowered to live a fabulous life.”

“I know they couldn’t do what they do without your help. So thank you for buying a ticket and making a life-changing difference”

When you purchase an MSWA Multi-Choice Raffle ticket, you are funding services such as counselling, nursing, physiotherapy, in home care and speech therapy for Western Australians living with neurological conditions like Rebekah.