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Fighting MS with a kiss
























Mildura woman Brittany Christensen will host the Britty Kisses Goodbye to MS fundraiser at the Sunraysia Cellar Door on October 2. Picture: Louise Donges

Ms Christensen was found to have ­relapsing-remitting MS and has almost fully recovered, but another attack could occur at any time and her body may never completely repair.

She admits that is a scary thought, but the Mildura 19-year-old is determined to keep a positive mind-set and use her ­relative good fortune – compared with more severe cases – to make a difference.

“I feel very lucky and having been ­diagnosed so young. It has given me a different perspective and also a chance to help ­people,” she said.

“Someone might be diagnosed at an older age and be in a wheelchair, but people don’t really hear about it as much.

“Being young, I have a voice – and people want to hear it.”

Ms Christensen will host a Kiss Goodbye to MS fundraiser at the Sunraysia Cellar Door in October, with proceeds to be put towards research for an MS cure.

She raised more than $5000 through similar event last year, among other fundraising initiatives over the past few years.

Ms Christensen is a 2015 Kiss Goodbye to MS Australia ambassador, which she described as “such an honour and privilege”.

MS affects the central nervous system – brain, spinal cord and nerves – but symptoms vary.

In serious cases, it can cause paralysis or death.

When the disease attacked Ms Christensen, she was unable to function properly on the left side of her body: her arm and leg were very weak, she could not chew or ­swallow and her face drooped.

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