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Vale David Sullivan

I am sorry to advise that David Sullivan longtime committee member and past president of PwMS Vic Inc, and one of the longest serving MS Ambassadors, died peacefully in his sleep on Friday 13th January after an extended battle with cancer. David put a great deal of effort into the cause of people with MS and people with chronic disabilities. In addition to his work for  MS David was also a long term member of the executive committee of Australians for Disability and Diversity Employment. David was a truly gentle man and a close personal friend. He had lived with MS for nearly 30 years. He will be remembered as someone who put aside his own trials to focus on working for people with MS.
 
Nigel Caswell - President PwMS(Vic) Inc.

 

I came to Australia in 1973 as a 10 pound (assisted passage) immigrant from Belfast. I arrived onboard the Greek ship “Australis”. We encountered very rough weather on the way and many were sea sick. I only had a meager few bob with me and this was depleted with various ships activities including drinking. I arrived in Melbourne flat broke. As in the book, I found the Aussies “a weird mob” at first and would have gladly gone back to the deadly terrorist bombing of Belfast. Then I woke up to the fact that the more nastily you were addressed, such as “Go home you Pommy bastard. Why can’t you speak proper English like us? Etc. etc. the more they liked you.

I joined my elder brother, Victor, in Melbourne. He was about get married to Carol and I was best man. I boarded with the Pederson’s in Clayton after Vic married. Carol died prior to her 40th birthday and our sister, Ruth came over to look after Vic and his two children. Ruth eventually married.

I had 3 employment applications accepted within 2 days. I accepted a position with Myer Melbourne as an investigation officer. I worked for Myer for 2 years and then went on to work as a Railway traffic Controller and State Education Dept. This is where I met my 1st wife, Napseka. We were married for 14 yrs. and had 4 children. All went to Uni. and William is completing his Doctorate (Bio Science) next year.

Napseka (Nelsi) became ill. She displayed Paranoia, Schizophrenia and was very unpredictable. I was under constant stress from the explosive behavior and mood swings.

During the mid-years of our marriage, on reflection, there were incidents that may have indicated I had symptoms of M.S. These were spread over about 10 years and consisted

of:-

CONSTANT FATIGUE, EYES STOPPED LUBRICATING, MEMORY WAS A HAZARD ESPECIALY WHEN I WAS STRESSED, LEGS FAILED TO CO-OPERATE WHEN JOGGING COLLAPSE WHEN AT RUTH’S PLACE.

After this I made an urgent appointment with my local quack. He immediately suspected M.S. and organised a MRI which confirmed M.S. The diagnosis came too late to save my marriage but just in time to save my sanity. It was 1996.

The book by Gabor Mate “WHEN THE BODY SAYS NO – THE COST OF HIDDEN STRESS” ring so true to me. Having read “MY PERILOUS JOURNEY” I still haven’t imposed myself on a 2nd wife.


JACK SINGLETON (ABRIDGED VERSION DUE TO SPACE CONSTRAINTS)

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