Lindsey McKie is one of our amazing supporters who skydived last year for the MS Society. This is her story of why she was motivated to help beat MS.
Jumping out of a plane at 10,000 feet knowing I had beat MS for the past 11 years was an absolute highlight of 2015! I was diagnosed with MS in 2004 - the year I turned eighteen. A month after my birthday, I woke up and couldn’t use or feel the left side of my body. I didn’t know anything about MS, or if I would recover, but with great determination I was back on my feet after a few months. Since then I have been fortunate to only have sensory symptoms.
How I deal with MS
MS is normal to me. I manage it by sleeping when I need to, missing a night out on the weekend if it has been a busy working week, always taking my medication and eating a healthy balanced diet. I do have bad days and they are a horrible reality check as I’m reminded of what could happen. But I don’t live life thinking about MS or worrying about the future. I’m currently living in Doha, Qatar and working as a teacher, which I love!
I feel very lucky to be healthy and able to work full time - so I want to support those who need more help. There are so many different types of medication available for people with relapsing remitting MS, which is such a relief to me. I’d like the money I’ve raised to help find something for people with progressive MS.
The big event!
I was super excited before, during and after the jump and didn’t even have any butterflies. I’d never done anything like it before and I’m so proud of myself.
I raised over £1,000, thanks to the generous people who kindly donated and provided me with such love, support and encouragement. I get so much satisfaction knowing that the money raised is going towards such a good cause and one that’s so important to me.