My name is Mike Cullen, my family and I moved down from Kaitaia just a few months ago, mostly to be closer to family, but also to get a fresh start as life has been a bit of a challenge recently with the passing of my father and its taken a while to adjusted to having Primary Progressive MS.
I am lucky I have not had to deal with symptoms as severe as others yet, in fact I was able to continue working until December last year. I’ve spent my working life as a heavy diesel mechanic and hydraulics engineer, but as my fatigue and balance became a real problem for me I needed to find a line of work that would allow me to continue, so I retrained and became a vehicle inspector for VTNZ, unfortunately it was short lived due to my MS, so now I’m retraining again to be a house hubby, certainly not what I’m used to, but I’m a good cook and a pretty good gardener. I am currently in the process of planting our vegetable seedlings so we can have fresh veges, something my wife and I did in the far north. I believe this is one of the easiest things we can do for ourselves, that is to try to be aware of what we eat. There is a huge amount of information on foods that are known to be of benefit to people like ourselves, its a win win really, most of us could do with a better diet, with or without MS.
It’s certainly is a real learning curve finding new ways to do the most simple of tasks, and I’m very fortunate to have my wife and family to help me, they have all been so very supportive from the time we found out what was causing these strange symptoms.
I am certainly looking forward to a colder climate, any excuse to play in the snow and ice, weather only ever seen on TV in the Far North.
I hope as time goes by I’ll get to meet some of you as I’ve been lacking any real contact with other MS sufferer’s, it will be nice not having to constantly explain myself or my symptoms.
I’ll leave it there, and just finish off by saying hello, and I look forward to all Wanganui has to offer, its looking great so far, and I hope to meet some of you soon.
Kia kaha, stay strong. Mike.