“ MS is an invisible disease and it's completely unknown. So, we're kind of just flying solo into this future of unknown.”
— Lauren, living with MS 6 years
When you first meet her, Lauren is a bubbly and endearing soul. She smiles all the time and laughs a lot. She doesn’t take life too seriously – she is lovely. But she lives a serious life, despite her best efforts. “I just want to be a Mum who is MS free so I don't have to go to bed each night worrying what will tomorrow bring?”
, Lauren calls for more funding for MS research.
Without research to solve MS, Lauren’s future feels scary.
Lauren has relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis, or MS. She found out when she was 25. For 6 years now Lauren has lived with many invisible symptoms every day – things like:
- a constant ringing in her ears
- she’s lost the low tones in her hearing and therefore doesn’t catch every word people say
- she suffers from the most extreme fatigue, especially when it's humid.
“It's hard because they look at me and they know me and they're like, ‘Well, obviously, she looks fine.’ And also, just simply not knowing what MS is, what it involves, what's going to happen. I think it's hard for people to know what to do.”
But Lauren doesn’t dwell on that stuff for long. She’s a ‘take the bull by the horns’ kind of girl. Lauren was 29 when she decided to have a baby via IVF.
Her son Bailey is now 1 year old, and she is deliriously grateful.
Lauren is a passionate advocate and fundraiser for MS research. She is calling on the community to help fund more research into MS. With enough funding, researchers say they can Stop and Reverse MS in 10 years.
“This is bigger than us and we need these researchers more than anything because without them we've got nothing.” Lauren