A BRAVE mum from Bromsgrove is starring in a new photography exhibition after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS).
Supported by Mumford and Sons bassist Ted Dwane and celebrity photographer Louis Browne, it aims to highlight the loneliness and isolation people living with MS can feel.
Local woman Susie, aged 47, has been suffering with the disease for years.
She said: “It made me isolate myself so much.
“After a while I just stopped going out because I couldn’t bring myself to socialise.
“My daughter Alice is only 13-years-old but she already does so much for me.
“It’s not the life I would have chosen for her but we’re doing okay.”
Single-parent Susie also says she has good friends around her who help with things like shopping and running errands.
“I wanted to take part in the exhibition so I could tell my story and I hope it will help others realise how many of us are going through the same thing,” said Susie.
“No one should have to face MS alone.”
Research conducted by charity MS Society found three in five people with MS feel lonely because of their condition.
The findings led the MS Society to create ‘The MS Connection’ – a new exhibition featuring 19 people affected by MS from all over the UK.
It’s expected to tour the UK next year with the help of local MS society groups.
If you’ve been affected by MS and would like to speak to somebody, call the free MS Society helpline on 0808 800 8000.
You can also visit www.mssociety.org.uk