“You may have the onset of early multiple sclerosis,” the Ophthalmologist suggested during a consultation in 2002 with Denise who quietly and calmly replied, “So what?” Her life has often operated on this principal and it will do fine now as well.
A busy career as a registered nurse, clinical consulting and management roles complemented this busy wife and mother’s life. Ten years on from a possible diagnosis, this adventurous woman and her husband hooked on the caravan and travelled Australia.
Two years later following an unrelated hip operation – or so she thought – recovery did not go to plan. The residual limp and leg dragging and significant fatigue were assumed to be a result of the long working hours! Over the next couple of years, numerous queries were raised with health professionals by this intuitive woman re the possibility of a multiple sclerosis diagnosis, due to a lack of strength, stability and occasional stumbles.
Eventually, upon definite diagnosis, the effervescent Denise wanted to yell, “Whoopee. At last someone is listening”. This insightful woman at last had some answers, and her first call was to our MS Connect service which was an absolute godsend!
Information ranging from newly diagnosed courses, treatments, news on research and disclosure advice tipped this educated woman into information overload! With her sense of humour and fatalistic attitude, this sixty seven year old energetic woman is now dedicated to the role of volunteer MS Ambassador. She will be able to share her vast experience, both from the medical view and her own personal life for the better of the Ballarat and district community.
The MS Ambassador Program highly recommends Ambassador Denise Chipper who will encourage you to look at life a little differently and positively, and truly feel life is for living every day.
What people have said about Denise's speaking spots:
- "This lady Mrs Chipper has the best attitude in coping with this disease and is a wonderful ambassador"
- "Excellent presentation by Denise"
- "The way Denise has faced and coped with the reality of this disease is a real inspiration to all!" - Maryborough Ladies Probus Club