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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Australia News: Patient Brittany Christensen, 17, raises $1000 for Kiss Goodbye to MS campaign

BRITTANY Christensen was just 16 when she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis but says the disease isn't going to stop her from living life to the full.

In fact, the 17-year-old says it's only made her stronger.

She has just returned from a month-long school trip volunteering in India, where she visited orphanages and hospitals helping the needy.

She is now focusing her energy on the Multiple Sclerosis Society SA & NT's Kiss Goodbye to MS campaign, which starts on Wednesday.

In the past two weeks, she has already raised more than $1000 towards the campaign through her Facebook friends.

Brittany, or Britty as she is known to friends, was diagnosed with MS just over a year ago.

At the time, doctors believed the bubbly teenager had Bell's palsy because she wasn't speaking or swallowing, couldn't use her tongue and her entire left side was weak.

But months later, they found three spots on her brain, confirming that she had multiple sclerosis.
Since then, she's been on regular medication and the spots are improving.

But for Brittany and the 23,000 Australians living with the chronic neurological disease, there is no cure.
Brittany, who attends Seymour College, is rallying her friends from school to dress in red during the month of May and raise money for research. To register an event for the campaign or donate money visit:

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