We recently sat down with Emma Valentine to talk about her life with MS…

I’m focused on being the healthiest version of myself that I can be.”

In 2011, Emma had a combination of physical symptoms that gave her cause for concern. Having done some research online, she suspected that she might have MS and went to her doctor. A few months later, Emma received test results which confirmed her suspicions.

“I was really scared when I was Googling but I was so sure that I was right, I was very familiar with the idea by time the words were said to me.”

While most of the time Emma finds her symptoms manageable, she sometimes has relapses that affect her sight “When that happens you can’t drive, you can’t read a book. Right after I had my daughter I woke up with double vision and it was really frustrating because I had a 12-week-old baby who was dependent on me.”

Currently a stay-at-home mum to Rowan who’s now aged 5, Emma finds her symptoms easier to deal with compared to when she was working. “I had a really stressful job. When you have MS you have to take the time to rest and relax and I used to find that I’d reach a certain point where I’d just have to go home after a crazy long day and just turn off for the night.”

Having some more free time has meant that Emma has been able to get more involved with MS Ireland, and meet others living with Multiple Sclerosis “It feels really good to be in a room with people talking about their experience, and who are at different stages of their journey.”

Right now, Emma is concentrating on raising Rowan “I’m optimistic and if this is as bad as it gets, that’s OK. I’m focused on being the healthiest version of myself that I can be, for my daughter.”

By registering for this year’s MS Readathon you will be helping thousands of people, like Emma, who are living with MS in Ireland. With your support we can continue to provide essential support, information and advocacy services throughout the country.