Karen shares her story of fighting back against MS
THREE years ago, Karen Law was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, or MS.
The Nambour resident felt numbness in her legs, was constantly tired and soon had difficulty walking.
The doctor's prognosis was bleak: no known cause for MS and no known cure.
"It's a real loss of power and a real loss of self," Mrs Law said of her diagnosis.
So when she was told of a non-conventional treatment for the disease, Mrs Law was sceptical but determined to at least try it.
Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis was written by University of Melbourne and Monash University emergency physician George Jelinek.
The book details basic dietary and lifestyle changes to counteract the symptoms of MS: eat no saturated fats but have plenty of green vegetables and fish, increase vitamin D intake, exercise and meditate.
The book helped Mrs Law regain her life.
"It's all backed up by very solid research showing these things make a difference," Mrs Law said.
Mrs Law now only has mild symptoms in her feet and her quality of life has greatly improved.
Together with Profesor Jelinek, Mrs Law has co-written a book - Recovering from Multiple Sclerosis: Real Life Stories of Hope and Inspiration.
The book tells the story of 12 people as they push against the prognosis that MS is incurable.
"The message is simple: we just want people to know recovery is possible," she said.
The book will be available in selected book stores from next month. For more, visit http://www.overcomingmultiplesclerosis.org.
RECOVERING FROM MS
Authors George Jelinek and Karen Law are both recovering from MS and give a unique perspective to the MS debate
12 MS sufferers share their stories of recovery; some have been well for many years
MS is a disease of the central nervous system (CNS). The CNS is the term used to describe the brain and spinal cord