Laura Henschke

How I Have Made My Blessed Life Even Better

Many people I talk to have multiple sclerosis. They have shared their stories of struggle and at times, despair. Theirs is not an easy journey. It has made me wonder what else can I do to help.

Until a few years ago, I did not know much about this devastating disease. But I have seen how nothing is certain when someone receives this frightening diagnosis.

I am sharing my story with you today because you also have a personal connection with MS. I want to share with you something that has given me great joy. It is something you might consider too.

I have put Multiple Sclerosis Limited in my Will. And here’s why…

I know from personal experience how important it is not to be alone. I know you do too. I was born in Lima, Peru. My family was very loving and caring. I was very lucky. I came from an affluent part of society. My parents always taught us to treat everyone with dignity and respect. Father insisted, through his example, that we share with those that did not have as much.

When I came to Australia, I left behind the support of a large family. But I was soon made to feel at home, through my church and school. You know, the kind of personal support you need when facing a life-threatening diagnosis. As a cancer survivor, I have a close understanding of how important information and support are. It can make the world of difference on how you can face it!

I have for many years worked in both corporate and in not-for-profit organisations. Like you, I have seen plenty of acts of generosity first-hand, whether it was from donations or from time or expertise given by volunteers. When I joined Multiple Sclerosis Limited, I was impressed by the dedication of its staff to live up to their mission. Here everyone strives to ensure ‘no one faces MS alone.’

And this is where my decision to put Multiple Sclerosis Limited in my Will came in.

Having experienced the love and help from people in my time of need, I understand why this is crucial. I have now, like you, been touched in my life from the stories of people living with MS. Now I want to do something beyond my current support.

This is an expression of my values. As you and I know, having people standing with us is critical. So, I have been thinking of my long-term legacy and the example I will be leaving behind for my children.

Like you, I am very proud now that I can do my part to make this a better world for those living with MS. I want to be part of this mission, even when I am no longer here. As my Greek friends would say, “Philotimo”! I know this word captures well what my parents taught me. (‘Philo’ means friend and ‘timi’ means doing something honourable, something good.)

I encourage you to think about leaving Multiple Sclerosis Limited a gift in your Will. It’s not a difficult thing to do and it will give you a deep sense of satisfaction.

You too can be part of the fight against MS, by helping people with MS live the best life they can.
Many of Multiple Sclerosis Limited supporters like to include a gift in their Wills. You have supported the fight against MS before. By leaving a gift in your Will, this is a wonderful way to continue your support. It is about the values we share and those that you hold dear in your heart.

Thank you for your time and for reading my story.