Just after her honeymoon, Emma had blurred vision. It changed the course of her life.

But a few years ago, her health worsened again.

“At first I thought it was the MS playing up. Not having mobility was terrifying, and my body was not receiving the messages from my brain.”

Over the space of 18 months, Emma went from having a limp to using a walking stick, to then a mobility scooter. It was a third opinion that confirmed another diagnosis when she was 45  — she had early onset Parkinson’s disease. 

“Again, it was just so hard. I remember being told the news and thinking, ‘How am I going to tell my mum?’ But the good side was that having the diagnosis meant access to medication to help my mobility. As soon as I had that access, it literally changed my life.”

“Those 18 months of having such limited movement, to then be able to move again meant so much. Even if I had been given really tough news, it was still one of the greatest experiences being able to sort of get my life back again.”

Fortunately, Emma’s mobility is significantly better than what it was for those 18 months, now with proper medical support, occupational therapy and medication. As for how Emma has both MS and Parkinson’s, there’s no link or medical explanation. 

“It just is what it is,” she notes. “My mum convinced me to get the mobility scooter, and she was so right to do that. Right now I no longer have to use it, I just wait for the medication to kick in. But I still have the scooter if I need it, because of the unpredictability of Parkinson’s. It’s like my little security blanket that I have stored at home in case.