Invenio: Coaching and Mentoring March 2016 - Page 12

Debbie Adlard is a Mother of a 22 year old son and lives in Johannesburg, South Africa. She has had years of experience in the Marketing industry predominantly in Marketing Communications, and is a Multiple Sclerosis Fighter.


the shop which is just around the corner. My reality is – Oh my word, how I wish I could walk around the corner to the shop. Don’t procrastinate, it may be too late.

I have still fantastic dreams that right now still may seem unrealistic, but I need to keep hanging on to those dreams. They will come true; they may not be as I originally imagined, but they can and will.

What this adventure has taught me is that I have incredible willpower and strength, sometimes I don’t even know where it comes from; but when I get knocked down, I dust myself off and continue forward. As humans, I think we sometimes struggle with change, and in my case it is a change that really does turn all plans around, but the positive lesson here is to not compare my life to the past – what was, but rather to look at the things that I can do, and if I struggle to walk, I can just do it slowly – nothing needs to be rushed, it will still be completed. The other lesson is to regularly acknowledge my family and close circle of friends – A support structure is crucial for the healing adventure.

This adventure now seems to have been redirected which I am excited for. I have wanted, for a while, to do something for my community in particular my fellow MS warriors. I know how daunting it is to hear the news that you have an incurable dis-ease and wanted to create the awareness of the dis-ease to those that aren’t ill and to support and educate people that have it and so am now launching a forum where MS warriors can have questions answered by the medical fraternity; alternative healers; nutritionists; to understand how forms of exercise or physiotherapy, to name a few, will be beneficial to each person’s healing.

I am not nearly where I would like to be on my own healing adventure, but I believe and have so much hope that my MS as well as other’s symptoms can be reversed through the correct lifestyle and positive attitude.

I am grateful that Multiple Sclerosis has challenged me to use my Voice as a platform and be of service to others suffering from a Visible or Invisible dis-ease!