The official ambassador for the 2019 MSWA Albany Ride is Robert Cridge, an Albany resident who is currently living with multiple sclerosis. He has shared his story so that you can learn a bit more about his life and the reason he supports the MSWA Albany Ride.
My life has been a series of life changing moments. One of the first happened when I met my Australian wife, Sharon, on a tour of Europe when I was 22 years old. Two years after we met, I uprooted my life in Canada and moved to Western Australia’s South West to start our lives together. We got married in 1995 but not even a year into our marriage came the next life changing moment - my multiple sclerosis (MS) diagnosis.
I didn’t know what to expect or exactly how MS was going to change my life. A week after my diagnosis, I visited MSWA to speak with one of the nurses to find out more. It just so happened that we arrived on the same day of their Annual Member Christmas party. For someone who had just been diagnosed, it probably wasn’t the best introduction to MS. There were about 50 to 60 people there in various stages of MS. I met a guy in a wheelchair with slurred speech who tried to talk to me and thought to myself, this is how I’m going to end up.
But that’s the thing about MS. You never know how it’s going to affect you. I bet on it having a minimal impact on my life and got on with my life. I never thought that being diagnosed with an incurable degenerative neurological condition would affect positive change in my life but that’s exactly what happened. MS opened doors for me I never, ever imagined and so many things that have happened in my life since my diagnosis have been as a result of having MS.
Read more of Rob's Story here.