Kieran and I headed to Dundalk, not too far away but the drive up felt like forever. I had already done a dry run on my speech so I used the drive time to relax which worked until we pulled into the drive way of the hotel, now it was real and my stomach started turning again. The feeling reminded me of something I never thought I would feel again, the same nerves that normally proceeded a world champion kickboxing final fight.. It was therefore quite comforting despite the sickness..
Being so nervous made my MS symptoms worse in particular my walking, so it was great having my man with me, to hold my hand and make me brave.
So it kicked off and right from the first world, I felt great. All the nerves disappeared and I could feel my normal self-confidence returning, it was My Story so how could I say something wrong. I was truthful and honest, I really wanted to audience to appreciate what it like to have Multiple Sclerosis. To understand the ups and downs, the challenges that someone may face, I explained that sometimes the symptom may not be visible as in the majority of cases people with MS look healthy. I told them about my MS bibles, My treatments and the lifestyle changes that I have made to enable me to live a normal life, to keep my independence. I hoped that they could pass on the information to anyone who might benefit from it.
Kieran told me afterwards that I had the audience really engaged, nobody was falling asleep 🙂
I am so glad that I did and I hope to do it again sometime.