Showing Multiple Sclerosis Who Is Boss!

We see hard working clients at Active Ability on a daily basis, and Danielle is a testament to this. we asked Danielle to share her story with you all.


What is Multiple Sclerosis?

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a neurological condition affecting te nerves in the body and brain. The body’s nerve fibres transmit messages from our brain to the body and back again.. These nerves are wrapped in a sheath known as Myelin. In MS, the Myelin sheath is attacked causing inflammation and damage resulting in lesions at that site. The lesions cause a variety of symptoms depending on which nerves are affected. But typically in general the difficulty faced is continuing to transmit messages from the brain to the muscles of the body.

How did Danielle find Active Ability?

I spoke with my NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) support co-ordinator who suggested I give Active Ability a call to arrange an appointment. Kara from Active Ability was extremely prompt in calling me, discussing my individual needs, and organising my exercise physiologist, Emma.

Background of Danielle's condition:


I was diagnosed with Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis (PPMS) in October 2016. The first year after diagnosis was extremely stressful as I didn't know why my body was shutting down. It took a year of tests, MRIs, lumbar punctures and blood screening to finally diagnose MS. Once I had confirmation of what I had to face I made the decision to fight this debilitating disease. Emma provided me with the tools to establish achievable goals, and we are working towards them with each session.

How exercise has improved Danielle's condition?

I know the last thing you feel like doing when you have MS is exercising, but it is about your mindset. If you can just convince yourself to get started, the rest is easy. I have had a fantastic experience with Active Ability. Kara has been wonderful in finding the amazing Emma to put together a program specifically designed to my needs.

Where to from here for Danielle?

Danielle is consistently training with Emma and is diligent with home exercises twice a week. She is determined to improve her walking ability and leg strength and will be making the commitment to exercise sessions three times a week.

If like Danielle, you too would like to see an Exercise Physiologist in the comfort of your own home, please give us a call today.

The Active Ability Team xx

Kara Staines