Rachael Hendry

“When the Tough Get Going"

rachael hendryIn 2002 at 21 years of age, Rachael experienced an episode of unexplained blurry vision which was treated at the time and resolved. Feeling well, she put this medical episode out of her mind and carried on with her life.

In 2006, symptoms of pins and needles appeared, just prior to her wedding, but again Rachael was treated and recovered. Life moved on and Rachael and her husband welcomed two children.

It was 2014 before visual issues appeared again and this time Rachael as quickly referred to a neurologist and subsequently diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.  

Rachael did not initially take the news well, but rather than wallow in self pity, she learned all she could about multiple sclerosis and helped those around her understand her diagnosis. As a result, Rachael's family, including her children, now have a deep understanding about how MS affects the entire family and how they can work together to manage MS.

Rachael continues to be a busy mum and works full time in the travel industry. She agrees she is fortunate to have a supportive employer who understands the challenges of her  “invisible” symptoms of MS. 

Rachael is keen to share her journey and hopes to help prevent others from what she felt was the profound sense of  “alone-ness” of an MS diagnosis. Rachael is looking forward to sharing with you her learnings and educating the community so that “no one has to face MS alone”!

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