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“I have come to terms with my bad days and they make me really appreciate my good days.” 

Maggie lives in Co. Donegal, with her husband Danny and two wonderful children, Abigail (9) and Conor (8), and their dog, Blue. A dedicated primary school teacher, Maggie was diagnosed with RRMS (Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis) almost four years ago. 

“I didn’t know much about MS at the time and it has taken me a while to come to terms with the diagnosis and the changes it has brought to my life.” Maggie was diagnosed quite quickly and was referred to a Neurologist. She began medication, and started to learn about life with MS. 

Sometimes I struggle with brain fog and word finding, my memory fails me, and I have no energy. Some days I wake up full of energy and ready to take on the world and I have to remind myself not to overdo it, as I know I will pay the price later in the day. I’m very glad to say life didn’t stop in the way I thought it would. 

In March, Maggie’s school - like all of yours - closed. She stayed at home, cocooning with her family and tried to adapt to online teaching. Maggie found herself watching the news reports and worrying about the implications of Covid-19 on her condition, so she reached out to MS Ireland. “The support and advice I received made me feel so much better and, although I still had concerns, I also knew that support was only ever a phone call away.” As a high-risk teacher, Maggie was delighted to return to her class when the school’s reopened at the end of August. 

Abigail and Conor are both big readers and they can’t wait to take part in this year’s MS Readathon - they are already collecting donations from their grandparents and aunties and uncles. I’m really proud that my children want to raise funds for such an incredible organisation and I hope many other families will sign up for Readathon 2020, to be part of raising vital funds for the services that help me and so many others living with MS.”


You can make such a huge difference to the lives of people living with MS and their families. How? I hear you ask. By reading as many books as you can and by raising as much as you can.

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