Meet People With MS

Meet Tanya

Tanya's strength and determination defy the challenges life throws her way.
As a valued member of the Queensland Police Service (QPS), Tanya's life took an unexpected turn in mid-2015 when she received a diagnosis that would change her life forever.

In early 2015, Tanya began experiencing worrying symptoms, including numbness in the left side of her face. Initially dismissed as routine dental concerns, Tanya's journey took a sharp turn when her dentist referred her to an Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon. Little did she know this referral would set the stage for her battle against MS. Following dental scans, the surgeon, suspecting a neurological issue, ordered a brain MRI, leading to the confirmation: Tanya had MS. 

The news undoubtedly came as a shock, yet Tanya's resolve remained unbroken. Already navigating the complexities of another medical condition under the watchful eye of her neurologist, Tanya embraced her new reality.

Despite the challenges posed by MS, Tanya refuses to let it dictate her life. With no relapses since her diagnosis, she continues to live life to the fullest, undeterred by the uncertainties that MS may bring.  Alongside her career in law enforcement, Tanya has embarked on another journey as an author. MS may have thrown her a curveball, but it hasn't dampened her spirit or aspirations. Tanya loves history and adventures, but having MS has meant that her adventures can’t be outside as often as she might like. Instead, she turned to books. 

By getting involved with the MS Readathon Tanya not only grew her love for stories, but their abilities to change people’s lives. 

Tanya's motto certainly encapsulates her positive attitude and determination!

"You wake up every morning to fight the same demons that left you so tired the night before, and that, my love, is bravery,"

Throughout her MS journey, Tanya found invaluable support from MS Queensland. From dedicated nurses and physiotherapists to the compassionate coordination provided by the North Brisbane team, MS Queensland has been a steadfast companion on her path to resilience and wellness. 

As we celebrate Tanya's triumph over adversity, she recognises the pivotal role played by MS Queensland in providing her with the support and resources she needed to navigate her MS journey. Without the assistance from MS Queensland, Tanya's path may have been far more daunting. 

Tanya's story serves as a beacon of hope and inspiration, reminding us all that with courage, resilience, and the support of compassionate organizations like MS Queensland, we can overcome even the greatest of challenges.  

Will you support people living with MS like Tanya?

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