Loren Bandy was swimming in a friend’s pool when she noticed that one side of her body just didn’t feel ‘right’.
“It was the strangest sensation – something about the water on one side of my body just felt strange.” Ms Bandy said.
“The same thing happened the next day in the shower, it just felt odd. So I thought I had better get it checked out.”
Ms Bandy was in her early 20’s when she received the devastating news that she had been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.
“My diagnosis came as a bit of a shock – my aunt had MS, but I never thought it was something I would have to deal with.” Ms Bandy said
“She (my aunt) had been first diagnosed many years before me, so treatments for her were not good. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t scared.”
Ms Bandy is one of the lucky ones. Her current treatment has stopped her MS in it’s tracks. She has no symptoms and is able to lead a full, rewarding life. She and her husband are raising two daughters, aged eight and five, and Ms Bandy runs a bookkeeping business from home.
Multiple sclerosis symptoms vary from person to person but may include: vision loss, pain, fatigue and impaired coordination. Some people may be symptom-free for most of their lives, while others can have severe, chronic symptoms that never go away.
“When I was first diagnosed, I used to go to the hospital for treatments. Then my specialist referred me to View Health chemo@home. Having my treatments at home, means that I can run my business and there is no impact on the girls, and that is the most important thing for me – my family is my main priority. The girls are used to seeing me get my ‘medicine’ – it doesn’t phase them.” Ms Bandy said.
“Thanks to fundraising through events like the ‘Step-up Challenge’ and the ‘MS Readathon’, more research is being done all the time, so I am positive that there will be a cure one day.” Ms Bandy said.
“Yeah – my future’s looking pretty bright.”
Photo: Lauren Bandy with View Health – chemo@home nurse Alison Clegg. Credit: Jody Webster