Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Warwick Woman Wages War on MS

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Warwick Woman Wages War on MS

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Byline: Molly Glassey

WHEN a 21-year-old Jess Ryan lost the sight in one of her eyes, she never imagined the physical and emotional turmoil she was about to be challeged with.

"It was two weeks before I went to an optometrist and she said, 'there's something really wrong here'.

"I was rushed to hospital for an MRI and scan."

It has been four years since she received the follow-up call that would introduce her to the condition called multiple sclerosis.

"I was on the phone to the doctor, and they said, 'you've got it'," she said.

"I said, 'Got what?'' and he said, 'you've got MS'.

"At that point I thought, 'I don't know what that means'."

Ms Ryan was at home with her friend at the time of the diagnosis.

"She must have Googled what it was, and she just fell to the ground screaming and crying," Ms Ryan recalled.

"I told her to get off the floor, but my reaction was feeling really angry for three months afterwards.

"I hated everything."

It was only when Ms Ryan looked into the condition that she became aware of what was happening to her body and the real mpact it would have on her life.

"The biggest change was the realisation what the future would bring," Ms Ryan explained.

"At some point you have to suck it up and get along with it.

"People might think you're talking negatively about yourself, but it's you bracing yourself for what is about to happen.

"And you don't know what's going to happen.

"My eye could turn off again."

Her treatment has involved everything from draining of her spine to blood transfusions.

"My first treatment was needles every three days," Ms Ryan said.

"It started eating my skin and shutting all my organs down, and I went into liver and kidney failure.

"I went off that, and looked in to other options.

"I realised I was going to have to grin and bare it.

"I was still doing things, but my immune system was at 0.1."

Ms Ryan said while on the needles she was having, "attack after attack after attack". …

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