During 2003, Kristina McMennemin was 23 years old, working as an Assistant Gaming Manager at Melbourne’s Hilton Hotel and positively had the world at her feet. During a regular night shift, Kristina found herself consoling a staff member who was upset following the diagnosis of a family member with multiple sclerosis – the most common chronic neurological disease of the 20 - 50 age group.
Shortly afterwards, Kristina began experiencing tingling sensations in her leg and generally just didn’t feel right. A visit to her local doctor with the assumption of a pinched nerve in her back quickly moved in the direction of a neurologist, followed by an MRI and a definite diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. Time stood still for Kristina as she recalls not hearing anything else during the specialist consultation, other she had multiple sclerosis.
After turning to her loving family for support, wading in angry tears and feeling betrayed by her own body, this self-motivated woman who finds a positive in every situation, has not shed a tear since!
Sensory symptoms resolved and life moved on. Kristina began focusing on stopping the progression of this disease as best she could, with increased knowledge, exercise, natural and traditional medicine. “I should have read more books for the MS Readathon,” was a natural reaction for this passionate individual who tried to make light of the situation and who believes that life is too short, and that, ultimately, we all create our own destiny.
Today this 36 year old self-motivated, strong woman believes our thoughts overpower our actions and behaviours and continues to pursue her brilliant career in local government while raising a busy family.
The MS Ambassador Program is delighted to have Kristina as a member of our team who is ambitious and effervescent young woman. She will engage you from the first syllable as she shares with you the reasons why she passionately believes life is a gift.
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