Karen Dare

"Pick yourself up, brush yourself off and get on with it"

KarenDuring 1999, twenty-year-old Karen Dare experienced vision loss three days after her wedding - not the ideal way to begin married life. Having moved to the USA  with her fiancé and infant son, a carefree Karen felt she had her whole life ahead of her. But by the year 2000 the effervescent Karen was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at the age of twenty-one, and began experiencing mobility and speech problems.

In time, her relationship deteriorated, and Karen felt she was financially unable to afford MS medication under the USA health system, so decided it was time to return to Australia, as a young mum, with two children under two.

Karen’s family were, and remain, her biggest support, but they were also acutely aware their grandmother had been diagnosed with MS previously and had been significantly affected. Regardless Karen decided to pick herself up brush herself off, and get on with it - and was not going to allow MS to dictate her life.

Karen, who was previously a children’s entertainer, also had a strong advocacy interest in assisting asylum seekers and refugees. She is without doubt, a people’s person, whom you would want in your corner, if your back was against the wall.

Karen lives in the moment, but makes plans for the future -  although she does not know what tomorrow will bring – but that is ok – because no one does!  Karen was previously a volunteer MSL peer support worker, and was fortunate to be a successful Go for Gold Scholarship recipient in the travel category. She travelled to India to spend time volunteering in a disabled children’s orphanage and speak at the MS Society in India’s Chennai Chapter. 

Karen is a volunteer public speaker and an outstanding communicator, who has decided to follow her dream of travelling when she can, and to live life to the full. She refuses to curl up and be defeated.

The MS Ambassador Program is fortunate that Karen Dare has volunteered to share her time and talent speaking to the community to improve the quality of life of all people living with multiple sclerosis.

What they said

“Karen was great her speech was very good and she held the attention of the audience throughout
 – no mean feat at the Cherry Bar on a Friday night”.    

Dave Stevens
RHR Music
Chrissy Amphlett Tribute Concert

“Excellent presentation - knowledge Karen was fund and excellent – thank you”.
Sundowns Activity Group Sunbury Community Health Centre

 “Really enjoyed it – Karen is an excellent presenter”
Sunbury Peer Support Group

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