David’s building a community

24th March 2021

For six years, David has coordinated an MS Peer Support group based in the Adelaide Hills and it has grown to become one of our largest groups. This is one of 22 MS Peer Support groups that gather in SA and NT for support, understanding and friendship.

David was diagnosed with MS about 30 years ago, when the left side of his face suddenly went numb. From that day, David has changed his lifestyle saying it’s a small price to pay to eat a bit healthier, stay active and keep on top of his treatments.

To this day, David still experiences weakness on his left side, particularly his leg. He has good days and bad days, but he never lets the bad days get him down, rather choosing to get out driving in his hobby cars to give his leg a rest. On his good days David plays golf twice a week and maintains his large property.

Having been connected with the MS Society for years, David decided to join an MS Peer Support group in Stirling. He enjoyed having the opportunity to meet some new people, who had all connected through their mutual experiences.

David is a people person, having been a key member in many sporting clubs over the years, so when he moved to Mount Barker and lost touch with the Stirling support group, he decided to start his own.

In February 2014, the Adelaide Hills Peer Support group was founded and has now grown to 18 members who all meet monthly for a meal and conversation. Group members vary from people who have had MS for decades to people who have only just received their diagnosis.

One of the amazing things about this group is that they have all grown to be good friends, helping each other out with fundraising projects and listening to each other’s MS stories. David says the group is all about just having a fun night out with some good friends. There is never any pressure for people to talk about their MS, but if they feel comfortable, they know they are talking to a group who is ready to listen and offer support with a unique insight into each other’s experiences.

You support has given hundreds of people, like David and the Adelaide Hills Peer Support group, the opportunity to build an invaluable support network.

You can find an MS Peer Support group in your area here.

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David’s building a community