Claire Thackray


"I think MS has made me brave. It has made me strong.

I still think back to when I grew up in the countryside. You know I lived a regular life with my mom, dad, and brother. I loved sweets cake. That was my thing, sugar, sugar, sugar.


When I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, I thought everyone who had MS ended up in wheelchairs and that I would be a cripple. Now ten years later, I know each diagnosis is so different. Mine started with my eyesight, and now one leg has weakened. But, I’m doing quite well. Looking at me, you would never know I had MS.


Being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis made me have a big conscience. It made me live more honestly.


I do charity work now. And reach out as an ambassador for shift.MS. I’m just more of a do-gooder. I appreciate my sight because I never know if it’s going to be taken again. I make sure that I'm doing everything I can to keep myself well.

I’ve learned MS doesn't have to be the decimation of your life dreams, and it doesn’t have to become a countdown to becoming physically disabled. I say, “I might be crippled one day, but it’s not yet!

Today I can see. I can move. It is a good day!”