MssingAbout is a disabled woman; a full time wheelchair user with MS.

In 2008 she lived an active life – musician, school principal, married with two furkids. She loved the outdoors – hiking, camping and had even been a scuba diving instructor.

On Labour Day, she felt burning in her foot, then her leg. Naturally, she assumed that somehow her husband had put the heating on, on a 30C day! Things gradually progressed to tinglings and numbness, and by Thursday, she was in hospital. An MRI of the spine diagnosed transverse myelitis and a follow-up complete MRI of the spine and brain. It turns out that this was an aggressive form of MS, so within 6 months she was a full time wheelchair user and no longer able to work.

Michelle and Ian

When one door closes, another opens – albeit it a wider door with hopefully an automatic opener on it! Although a severe form of physical and cognitive fatigue limits the time she is out of bed each day to 8 or 9 hours, MssingAbout tries to fill that time with useful things – advocating for disabled people, painting, and spending time with her husband and her dogs. Follow her blog to learn more about all of that!