I worked in quality before coming to kp. When I took the job here I was living 60 miles from Featherstone, and I did the 120-mile commute every day. My husband and I agreed we’d move if the job worked out.
Moving is not a big deal for me. When I was 11 my family moved from Kent to Paris. It was tough, starting a new school as the new person from another country. But it wasn’t impossible and it made me realise change doesn’t have to be a big problem. It helped me adapt and cope when we moved back to the UK six years later, when I was 17.
That experience also helped when I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at the age of 27. I’d suspected something was wrong, and I’d had lots of tests and seen lots of doctors.
The day I found out, I was on my way to the hospital to see a consultant. I got stuck in solid traffic and called to let them know. They said that rather than talk on the phone the consultant would wait to see me. So I knew it was serious before I got there.
When he told me it was multiple sclerosis I burst into tears and said that’s great news. I was expecting something much worse. My mum had MS so I knew what it was and how to deal with it. It wasn’t a huge unknown.
It’s a condition for life, but it’s not a life sentence. It’s so variable that one day I’m fine, the next I feel awful. Some days I use one crutch, others I’m in wheelchair. Yet it’s spurred me on in my career.