Dive in and make a splash to fight Multiple Sclerosis

Dive in and make a splash to fight Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis (MS) has affected 62-year-old Kay Sherar since she was a teenager.

After seeing her mother suffer from the condition, Kay was diagnosed with MS almost 30 years ago, when she was 33.

“As a teenager I grew up watching my mother struggle living with MS. It was 15 years between when my mum was diagnosed with Primary Progress MS and when she passed away,” said Kay.

“My goal since being diagnosed has always been to do everything I can to ensure that wasn’t my experience.”

Kay moved to Gladstone over a year ago from Rockhampton, and has since been enjoying living and volunteering in the community.

Since connecting with MS Queensland, Kay has seen some amazing improvements in her health and independence.

Local Support Coordinators have helped Kay navigate her National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) plan and join the gym.

“Since having NDIS funding three years ago, I’ve been going to the gym and this has put more muscle into my legs,” she said.

“I’ve got more movement and I’ve even been able to use the exercise bikes, which I couldn’t do a year ago.

“I’m getting better and better since changing my diet and lifestyle. I’m now drug free and avoiding MS progression.”

Although Kay is unable to swim, she’s excited to cheer everyone on at the MS Swimathon Gladstone on October 31.

“Despite not being able to swim, I want to go to the MS Swimathon as the swimmers are doing this for me, and people like me,” she said.

“I’m hoping a couple of us from the Friends with MS Gladstone can come and cheer everyone on.

“I’m feeling now that I want to give back and help someone living with MS if I can.”

MS Queensland is excited to bring the MS Swimathon back to Gladstone to support the almost 4,000 Queenslanders living with the disease.

“It’s a tremendous feeling welcoming our MS Swimathon back to Gladstone,” MS Queensland Executive General Manager Daniel Lalor said.

“It’s such an important day for those living with MS to see the incredible support of the community and have fun with family and friends.

“We’ve had outstanding support from the communities where we hosted our first four MS Swimathon events in 2021 and raised over $158,000.

“We’re certain we’ll see more great support here in Central Queensland.”

All funds raised through the MS Swimathon will help MS Queensland provide vital services like physiotherapy, exercise therapy, counselling, service coordination, phone line and nursing support.

Dive in and make a splash to fight MS, register to take part in the Gladstone MS Swimathon: www.msswimathon.com.au.


MS Swimathon

When: October 31

Time: 6:00am – 6:00pm

Where: John Dahl Pool