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Bronwyn Saunders
Bronwyn Saunders

My mother was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis when I was 8 years old. MS Plus helped explain to my devastated parents and myself how to cope and live with the disease. I was also diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2003, aged 25 and my sister was diagnosed with MS in 2020. MS and MS Plus has been a big part of my and my family’s life for decades.

When I was first diagnosed, I left the neurologist’s office and thought it was the end of the world. I sat for several hours in one of the iconic Canberra bus stops and thought about what multiple sclerosis MS had done to my mother and what it could mean for me.

My diagnosis came just months after starting my first job since graduating from university. I was told I would be lucky to be employed three to five years after diagnosis. I lasted 17 years as a Commonwealth public servant and I am very proud of this achievement.

In 2011, I was awarded an MS Go for Gold Scholarship under the category of Education. My dream was to write children’s books. Writing and being creative is an activity I can do, irrespective of my health status, and as a result, I am now a full-time author. I am beyond proud that my first children’s book, will be released in late 2023.

I have a wide smile, regardless of the neurological challenges thrown my way. I feel I am strikingly articulate and enthusiastically energetic and an optimistic individual, who can provide a unique perspective to find other ways to attack life's challenges.

As an MS Ambassador, I am looking forward to sharing with my local community the strategies I have utilised to navigate successfully through the highs and lows of life. My aim is to educate my community while helping to break down barriers, achieve my goals and live well with MS.

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