Ann was diagnosed in 1997 with RRMS. She was on Beta-interferon for 13 years before progressing to SPMS. Due to being left on no disease modifying treatment her disability progressed and she was eventually commenced on Tysabri which, unfortunately, made things worse. After referral and consultation with Dr Nicholas at Charing Cross Ann commenced fund raising to get HSCT in Russia. Ann had to stop work in 2014 after working for 25 years as a nurse in the NHS, predominantly in cardiology and project management improving cardiac services. The last ten years of her career she worked as a Heart Failure Specialist Nurse prescriber. She had HSCT in Russia in October 2018. Despite no change in her EDSS of 6 her most recent MRI shows no progression of MS or active lesions and she has had many smaller improvements in symptoms. Her driving force has always been to ensure her son doesn’t have to care for her any more than he already does.
Ann hopes to use her fundraising and health service knowledge, as well as her personal experience of receiving HSCT, to help others by working as a trustee for AIMS.