@NHS from 23/04/18 to 27/04/18
Condition: Multiple Sclerosis
Place of treatment: London
I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2008, aged 28. I’m a full-time translator but in my spare time I raise awareness and collaborate with organisations in the UK and abroad, including industry, non-profits, charities and healthcare professionals, to improve support, services and engagement for people affected by MS, chronic illness and disability. I write, vlog, am an inspirational/expert patient speaker, I advise on projects, research proposals & diversity strategies, and am a media contributor on chronic illness and hidden disability. I’m also a patron/ambassador for several charities (including MS Society and the Cambridge MS Therapy Centre), am a committee member for Asian MS, and sit on various advisory committees.
In 2015 I was able to put MS on the map when I was chosen to participate in the first Strictly Come Dancing for non-celebrities, “The People’s Strictly for Comic Relief,” on BBC1. I was one of six people chosen out of 11,000+ nominations. It combined my passion for raising awareness about MS with my love for dancing.
I’ve always been very active. I played hockey for over 25 years to a high level and now do Zumba up to four times per week. I actively try to encourage people with long term conditions and/or disability to get active and as such am a Patron for ParaDance UK.
Awards for my work have included: MS Society Volunteer of the Year, Sue Ryder Southern Woman of Achievement, Woman of Achievement (Women of the Year Foundation), Precious Leadership Award, EyeforPharma Patient Advocate (Europe) Award and We Are The City Top 100 Rising Stars (one of five winners in the Charity Category).
Paulo Coelho, the Brazilian novelist once said “the world is changed by your example, not by your opinion,” and that’s what I’m trying to do in the world of chronic illness, disability and MS!