My Story: Victoria Rodwell

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What were the steps leading up to your diagnosis?

I first noticed that my eyesight was not quite right. I felt like I couldn't quite focus and everything seemed a little foggy. Over the course of two weeks I went from my sight being a little off to not being able to see my computer screen or being able to get on a bus without help. No one believed me and I spent hours on multiple trips to the emergency room only to be told that I was just stressed. It took four visits before they eventually, reluctantly, agreed to send me for an MRI. By this point my head was numb and my legs felt like jelly.

What lifestyle changes have you needed to make?

I have re-evaluated my life, cut back on a lot of things and now focus on my wellbeing more. I changed my diet and exercise routine and have learnt to say no when I need to. I used to think this was a sacrifice but now I am pleased, as it keeps me well and helps me to be in control and manage as much as I can.

Who has been there for you? How?

My partner has been amazing. He hasn't changed and he has supported me as well as encouraging me to still do the things I love. I feel secure in my relationship even with an uncertain future.

I feel secure in my relationship even with an uncertain future.

What accomplishment are you proud of?

Creating my blog, wellmeing.com, and running a 5k for MS, which I didn't think I would be able to do, but I did! I also got my new job while I couldn't see and was in the middle of my diagnosis. This reminds me how strong I can be and that I'm still me, not just a girl with MS.

What accomplishment are you proud of?

Creating my blog, wellmeing.com, and running a 5k for MS, which I didn't think I would be able to do, but I did! I also got my new job while I couldn't see and was in the middle of my diagnosis. This reminds me how strong I can be and that I'm still me, not just a girl with MS.

I used to think this was a sacrifice but now I am pleased.

I used to think this was a sacrifice but now I am pleased.

What's your advice to someone else living with Multiple Sclerosis?

Focus on you, don't be afraid to say no and re-evaluate what's important, focus on your well-being and surround yourself with supportive people.

Focus on you, don't be afraid to say no.

Is there anything else we should know?

My blog is focused on well-being and diet. I make recipes and write about MS and lifestyle.

About Victoria Rodwell

My Story: Victoria Rodwell
I was diagnosed with MS a year and a half ago. Since then I have made some big changes to my life and have become a lot more focused on my well-being. I love yoga and have adapted a routine so I can continue with it. I also love cooking and have changed to what I call a vegan diet with fish – no meat or dairy. I often add new recipes on my blog, which I use to keep me on the straight and narrow with my well-being. For work I run a project for a mental health charity and have managed to make some great adaptations at work to help with my MS. I love my job and love being busy, so I have to look after myself. I have a dog, Poppy, who I spend all of my spare time with outdoors and going for walks. I also like to meditate and practice mindfulness. I am learning more about this and realizing the benefits – it has been a massive help to me so far.

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