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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.

 

graduationThe diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis was no surprise to this educated young woman who had been struggling with health problems for some time without a diagnosis, but her gut instinct told her there was something seriously wrong when she experienced paralysis from the waist down, now, finally with the efficient diagnosis of MS being not a shock, but a relief.

Following an alarmingly tough youth and having to grow up way too fast this intelligent and focused individual was determined to excel in her educational pursuits and found enormous support from her high school community which allowed her to complete her education.

With a misdiagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome repeatedly being focused on, after a number of years an MRI finally revealed the truth - in vivid black and white. Since then meeting the love of her life, totally changed her direction for the better, when her devoted husband threw in his job to care for Jessica, during a severe relapse and a very dark time in her life, but love grew through this challenging time. 

Since then things improved greatly and Jessica has since given birth to a son in September 2011. “It can be a struggle sometimes as a new mum but it is all worth it”. 

While achieving a Bachelor or Nursing, Jessica also took control of her health and body as best she could, educated herself about MS and the effects of a healthy diet and commenced gym training to improve muscle mass. She is now a qualified personal trainer and champion power-lifter in Victoria and Australia, She has held 10 Australian records in her time competing already. Jessica has recently been asked to train with the Paralympics Power Lifting Team at the Australian Institute of Sport.  She is now focusing her energy on improving her bench press and hopes to compete in the Paralympics’ in the future. 

Jessica has strived to overcome many obstacles, but has accomplished everything to get to where she is today, with her dedication to work, and healthy education ethic, her future looks bright with her loving husband by her side they are looking forward to a wonderful future full of happiness and success.

She has now started the leaders for tomorrow program so to develop a program to support and encourage other people with disabilities to come and improve their lives through exercise like I have.

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