I had a very active life. In 2005 my second son was due and I became unwell. After visiting the GP and neurologist, I was diagnosed with myasthenia gravis. The impact on my physical abilities seemed devastating. I could not work and I had to look after my new son. I joined the MGA (as it was then). I eventually lost my job, and had three episodes of crisis.

After time, I became more stable. The medication I was taking started to work and I was managing my condition so I went back to work. I looked at what I could do and what opportunity life could offer.

In 2007 I managed to get a job through the Department of Work and Pensions' ‘Pilot Projects’ scheme. I loved this type of work and I took all of the necessary qualifications.

However, in 2010, I suffered another serious but non-connected health issue. I had an acrimonious and protracted divorce and was left with sole care of my young son, and the DWP contracts ended.

At that point, I started a benefits service as a volunteer for those with myasthenia. This fledgling service grew to an employed position with myaware.

The adversity and challenges of myasthenia opened up new and better opportunities which allowed me to change my career, requalify and gain employment in a position which is the best.

I understand that it was about mind set. The medical issues meant changes to my life and having accepted the changes, I genuinely feel my quality of life is better than it was before.