Bethany Lamont

“Passionate and determined to achieve everything I set in my sights”

bethany lamontIn 2009, I moved to Sydney for a sea change. It was then I began to experience extreme neck and shoulder pain on my right side, strange itching sensations and goose bumps that would come and go on my arm. This happened over several weeks until one day I woke up and realised my right arm was totally numb and I was unable to grip anything. After attending a chiropractor for treatment I was soon referred to specialists for further investigations only to discover I had multiple sclerosis.

Since being diagnosed in 2010 at the age of 42, I have graduated from a range of graduate and post studies, including business and  legal studies.  In 2016, during my studies, I continued to work as a manager in the public service at the same time as I was raising a child on my own. 

As someone with MS I hope to contribute to reforms that support vulnerable people in the community who need a champion in their corner. As a woman, who is mixed-race, raising a foster child on my own and with a disability, I fit nearly every recognised equity group. This just makes me more passionate and determined to achieve everything I set in my sights! Suffice to say, despite the challenges I have faced since being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, life continues to rocket ahead.

I have learned to work around changes in my leg mobility, mood, fatigue and general wellbeing. I have found the services offered through MS the organisation to be invaluable. In particular I found the training with my MS immunotherapy nurse was invaluable when I had to learn how to administer multiple immunomodulatory injections. I also found benefit from participating in information seminars about living successfully with multiple sclerosis, using the referrals for support services around the home, and meeting with my MS Support Co-ordinator to arrange individualised support through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

I look forward to inspiring you with my engaging presence and abundance of inner strength as I share my experience of living with multiple sclerosis.

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