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Introductions all around!

9 July 2015

Good afternoon, new readers and bloggers alike! 

Recently, I was asked to be a guest blogger here at Uninterrupted, and I'm very honoured. First things first, I'd like to use this post to introduce myself. 

My name's Mel, and I'm a 39-year-old single mother of two teenagers (aged 13 and 17) living in Wollongong NSW. I work part-time, and attend UOW (University of Wollongong) full-time, where I'm studying Creative Writing. I have an amazing group of friends and wonderful family who're my proverbial silver linings on bad days. I have RRMS, Bipolar Disorder, and G.A.D. (Generalised Anxiety Disorder). 

Being given the opportunity to write for MS Australia was something I jumped at. I'm happy to share my MS journey. Doing so has helped me get through the hard times, and has given others (including family and friends) an insight into what MS is like - which is reassuring for them. As they say, knowledge is power. Talking about what I know with people who've either been there and done that, or who know someone with MS and wants to understand what it's like, or to share knowledge and give support to those who're going through the diagnosis experience, is a wonderful thing for people who need to. When I was being shown how to inject myself with Copaxone, the amazing MS nurse told me that a lot of people who're first diagnosed often become angry, choosing to live in denial of what's happening to them. This is so understandable, and I'm hoping that by being here and contributing to this blog, I'm able to help someone else through that journey because I've been there, and I understand (even though - for me - the angry didn't come until three months after injections had started, but that's another post altogether!).

With the next post I make, I'd like to take you through my journey of diagnosis. It was definitely a long one. By the time I came to the end of it, I'd come to understand myself so differently, and look back on the years beforehand with a different view.

 

Interesting that. 

 

Melanie. 

 

Image Credit: 

The Purity Of Evil 2015

Comments (4)

Greetings Mel!I'm thinking a lot of "me too"s here. Me too on the looking forward to sharing front. Me too on silver linings. And you are the first fellow diagnosee I have come across who is also on Copaxone. I am looking forward to hearing more from you.

Hey there!! Slowly slowly, I'm getting through all of the entries. It's oddly comforting reading. Copaxone is a harsh one at times, but I'm not sure I'm prepared for anything more than that right now. It helps to know others who understand the experience. I look forward to reading more of your work. Very nice to meet you, Sarah! =D

Awesome! Can't wait to read more. I was on copaxone but now on Tecfidera. After two years of injecting myself, it wasn't working, so I've changed treatment. Having my MRIs in The next couple of months, so hopefully this is working?. How are you finding the Creative writing course? You must have your hands full studying, working and being a single mum. I can really relate.

How much fun are injections (not!)? Hi, Rebecca!! Awesome to meet you! The last time I had an MRI, I relaxed so much that I fell asleep. Does this mean I've had too many? Is this a good thing? HAHA!! But seriously, you're doing really well. I hope that it shows positive results. Yeah, creative writing is a challenge. I'm definitely not suited for an academic style career, but I do enjoy being able to take the pictures in my head and putting them into words. This blog should also be some help there as well. I'm always doing something, that's for sure. But since I don't really know any different, all I can say is that it's all one day at a time. It's nice to hear when someone can relate, and I thank you for that. I hope you're doing okay. I look forward to reading your writing. (I'm slowly getting through these entries.) =D