Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

GUTSY MUM DEFIES ODDS Kellie's Smelling Victory over MS

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

GUTSY MUM DEFIES ODDS Kellie's Smelling Victory over MS

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Byline: MEGAN MACKANDER

IMAGINE not being about to smell a thing and never experiencing the scent of a blooming flower or taking in the fragrant aromas of a curry.

That is reality for Kellie Carpenter.

The Beerwah mother-of-four lost her sense of smell as a side-effect of developing multiple sclerosis.

Now 43, Kellie went from juggling a successful professional cleaning company, running a household and taking care of her children, to spending her days conserving energy and struggling to walk straight.

And it happened in just 12 months.

After being diagnosed with MS in 1999 and despite it taking years of hard work to adjust, Kellie has persevered and is working full-time again.

aLOSING my sense of smell was probably the first sign, but it wasn't until a few years later that I was properly diagnosed,a Kellie said.

aWhen I was running my own cleaning business I started to trip on things and my hand would not release from the squirt bottles and I was very tired all the time.

aI went downhill pretty quickly when my speech slowed down and my walking was severely impacted.a

Within 12 months Kellie was forced to rely on a walking stick to get around and eventually she was forced to buy a motorised scooter to travel for longer distances.

All before she was 30.

Multiple sclerosis affects the central nervous system and can interfere with the transmission of nerve impulses throughout the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves.

There is no known cause or cure.

aI just had to adjust. I went through the whole cycle of a[approximately]why me?', then was angry trying to do things that you can't do, to just accepting it and living with it,a Kellie said.

aWe sold the house and bought a new one which had some modifications for me and was built on flat land. …

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