Canadian-born Ashley Berini was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2013. The 33-year-old, who now lives in Australia, opened up to the Daily Mail to talk about how the disease has affected her life.
Along with the pain and fatigue associated with multiple sclerosis, Berini also suffers from sporadic numbness down one side of her body which can leave her unable to walk or talk.
She first experienced symptoms of the disease in 2009, when she suddenly lost vision in her right eye. She then embarked on a long journey to diagnosis.
Berini now knows that stress will trigger MS flares, which can lead to severe abdominal cramping and vomiting. As well as trying to avoid stress, she maintains a very healthy lifestyle, following a Paleo diet and doing yoga and Pilates.
Berini is now trying to figure out whether or not she wants to freeze her eggs, as it’s likely she’ll need chemotherapy treatment in the future which could leave her infertile.