“Good management strategies help with better outcomes of disease process”
“There is always a way that life’s circumstances can be made better with effective use of enthusiasm, optimism and a healthy lifestyle” is how Tasmanian MS Ambassador Bill Pegus feels about his adjustment to a “new normal” following a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis in 1994.
Although symptomatic for two decades this forward-thinking optimist has had a varied career as a primary school teacher, school principal, construction supervisor and current business owner. This has provided various challenges for him, and his family.
Initial symptoms of optic neuritis, heat sensitivity, balance and strength and co-ordination issues and fatigue marked the “new normal” and were managed with the support of family.
Today, Bill feels he has been very lucky living with an unpredictable chronic progressive neurological disease. He is keen to stay as physically fit as possible and in turn maintain a positive state of mind.
Bill’s strategies are based around a healthy diet (made difficult by a love of ice-cream chocolate and wine), lots of sleep, exercise, flexible self-employment and a great family.
The MS Ambassador Program is keen to offer MS Ambassador Bill Pegus as a motivational speaker who will share with you how he manages living with MS and some of the positive outcomes from it.