Image: Laura in her wheelchair pushing away a large cocktail glass with the Kiss Goodbye to MS lips logo in the top left corner of the image

Kiss Goodbye to MS: why I'm giving up alcohol

I’m Laura and I was diagnosed with MS in 2007. I’m kissing goodbye to alcohol this May to raise funds for MS research – and I want you to join me!

My diagnosis story

Before I was diagnosed, I didn’t know what was happening to me. I made the mistake of Googling my symptoms - I thought I was going to die. So in a way, being told I had MS was a relief.

Then the doctor told me all the things he thought I wouldn’t be able to do – how my life was going to change. I went to a dark place.

I spent a whole month not talking to anyone, staying indoors, not knowing what to do with myself.

At the end of that month, I looked at myself in the mirror. My face was sad. I was run down. I had no energy. I said to myself: ‘I don’t want to see that face ever again. Let’s pick myself up.’

Finding my happy place

After that moment, I took steps to look after myself, to be happy. I went back to work, but I felt there was something missing. I wasn’t as fulfilled as I wanted to be. Then a flyer came through my door about dancing.

I bought a wheelchair because I wanted to be more mobile and take control. I auditioned for my first dance company and, long story short, I’ve been dancing ever since. Now it’s what I do for a living.

Ready to give something back

So many people are affected by MS in so many different ways, and research can help us understand ourselves.

Kiss Goodbye to MS is a fun way of raising awareness of MS research. It’s important for me to take part because the MS Society has done so much for me. I want to give something back.

Giving up alcohol will be difficult because I like to go for drinks with my friends. But that’s the exciting thing – to challenge yourself to give up something you really like.

Click here to sign up to the campaign