MS Readathon

The MS Readathon is on the horizon and for me it always signals a cosy fire, a cup of tea and lots of good books to read as winter closes in. As a child I remember participating in the Readathon at school and now, as an adult, I love to see my children curled up with a good book, getting lost in the story and bringing the characters to life in their imaginations.

My children are avid fans of the MS Readathon, and that’s not just because they are self-declared bookworms like their mother! Abigail and Conor know that the MS Readathon raises vital funds to provide supports to people like me who live with MS every day, and this has spurred them on to be very dedicated little fundraisers.

Six years ago this October, I went to see a neurologist to get the results of an MRI and I remember sitting there in disbelief as the words “you have Multiple Sclerosis” fell out of his mouth. The mixture of emotions that flooded through my body at that moment are almost indescribable now; so many thoughts ran through my mind as I choked on my tears and tried to make sense of what was now my reality. On the way home I started to Google MS and lucky for me the MS Ireland page was the top search result. MS Ireland is the only national organisation that provides expert advice and specialist services to support people living with MS and their families. Getting involved in the MS Readathon means that you are helping to keep these important services running and in doing so you are making a difference to someone like me.

I am a mother, a wife, a sister, a daughter and a friend, I am a teacher at Little Angels School in Co. Donegal, I am a doctoral student at DCU and I am a member of the MS community. I’m registering for the MS Readathon this November and I hope you will too.

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