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“If you’re not happy with yourself, you’re not happy.”
I was diagnosed when I was 26. I used to play a lot of sport, then I got pins in my eyes, really strong, and I went blind in one eye. I felt like I was drunk, and I knew something wasn't right – really wobbly legs. That's how it first started with me.
Lucy lost the sight in her eyes, same as I did. It was just like watching myself over again.
She had a series of tests then exactly like I did, 6 months later, her sight went in the other eye. We were thinking, “this is just too much alike.” Then we got the diagnosis. I was absolutely devastated, I’m not afraid to admit that. It was really hard for us because obviously I'm a dad, I blame myself. It was a hard time for us.
But we support each other as a family, and we've got really good friends who support us too. We've got the Wood's slogan: that we look at life with the glass half full, rather than half empty, and it’s true. If you're not happy with yourself, you're not happy.
It’s been a slow progression with me. I've seen my symptoms slowly get worse over the years since I was 26, and I'm now a 50-year-old.
It's a lot more noticeable than before. People notice it, I notice it. My walking is getting worse, but there are aids and adaptations, and you can get around things. I want to show people about MS and explain that it (can) run in families. Me and my daughter have MS but we're positive people.
I remember when I first had my first relapse. It was my fifth birthday and I was at a Disney princess party dressed up as Cinderella. I tapped my mum on the shoulder and said "I feel really sick, I feel really dizzy." As soon as I'd said that, not even a second later, I collapsed on the floor.
When I was younger I enjoyed it because I met loads of new people, but at the time I don't think I could comprehend what was going on in my head because I was so young.
But I've always said I don't let MS control me, I control MS.
My goal is to pass all of my A-Levels, pass my GCSE maths and to achieve the career that I want to in journalism.
More to uS shows that despite all of the setbacks I’ve had with MS, I have gained so many opportunities from it.
There's so much more you can do with MS if you just put your mind to it.
“The brighter, the better.”
“I do everything people say you shouldn’t do.”
“I love being out there.”
“I’m proud of what I’ve achieved.”
“This doesn’t stop me being a dad.”
“I can still play the game.”
“I see life through many lenses.”