AN EVESHAM mum has been honoured for her inspirational blog by being highly commended at the prestigious MS Society Awards in London.
Chelsea Williams, mum to Livie, five, and two-year-old Evie, was one of three people shortlisted in the MS Digital Media of the Year’ category at the ceremony last Monday (October 6).
The event was hosted by Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills and honoured a number of inspirational fundraisers, volunteers, carers, young people, professionals, researchers and journalists for their dedication and work across many areas to improve the lives of
people with MS.
Chelsea has been blogging at www.msmummyoftwo.com since she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in 2011 while pregnant with Evie.
Her blog was designed to raise awareness of MS and show people that life goes on despite being diagnosed with a lifelong unpredictable neurological condition.
She taught herself how to use WordPress, how to self-host the blog and link her Twitter profile to maximise hits.
Since 2011, the blog has grown in popularity and has a loyal and wide following of 16,000 readers a month.
Despite not scooping the top prize, Chelsea was thrilled to be at the awards.
“It feels amazing to be in the final. It’s amazing that other people come to my blog and read it; find it helpful and love it as much as I do.” she said.
“I’m here with my dad, Roger, he’s been wonderful. He’s very excited for me. I’m really excited about meeting other people here.”
More than 100,000 people live with MS in the UK and symptoms can often begin in the 20s or 30s.
Sufferers can see their condition get steadily worse or remain unpredictable throughout their life.
Visit www.mssociety.org.uk for more information about the MS Society.