She was given 12 months to live at only 22-years-old
SUZANNE McTier-Browne was just 22-years-old when her doctor told her to go home and get her affairs in order.
Her neurologist told her she had only 12 months to live after being diagnosed with fast progressing Multiple Sclerosis. Suzanne's doctors told her there was nothing more that could be done to help.
Fast forward 30 years and Rocky local, Suzanne, has been MS free for many years. Having found drug free techniques to manage her pain she has now written a book to help others, due for publication later this year, who have found themselves in the same debilitating pain on a daily basis.
Suzanne says looking back now her doctors telling her to prepare her will was most like a blessing in disguise moment.
"It made me get up and decide that if I wanted to live I had to do something myself, I had to go do my own research," she said.
"In those days which was a little while ago there was no treatment or anything for MS, even today there's no reliable cure.
"For anyone that's experienced that chronic long term pain that you get from conditions like MS, it's very distressing and depressing and has a big impact not only on the person experiencing it but their family trying to support them through those terrible times," she said.
Suzanne tried and tested several techniques, which she explains in her book, but found body work was one of the main strategies which helped to reduce her MS symptoms.
It made me get up and decide that if I wanted to live I had to do something myself
- Suzanne McTeir-Browne
Inspired by her personal experience, Suzanne specialises in corrective bodywork through Bowen Therapy in her Good Health & Pain Relief Clinic and has a client base of over 2000 people.
"The research I did to help and basically fix myself, I then used with my patients, as a Bowen Therapist, to help in clinic. But there are quite a number of strategies I used and I go through those in my book, Drug Free Pain Relief" she said.
"A major strategy was finding a good body work therapist who is someone who can help you correct your body structurally. My body was out of alignment because of a car accident many years before my MS diagnosis. The problems which were created by my body being out of balance started to manifest and greatly contributed to my MS symptoms. "
"As I had corrective body work my symptoms started to disappear after three to four months. It was amazing."
Back when Suzanne was receiving body work treatment it wasn't readily available in Rockhampton so she had to regularly travel to New South Wales.
This was a big part of why Suzanne wanted to bring her techniques to the people of Central Queensland and the wider community.
Writing her book will allow her to make that information readily available. She found she was often asked the same questions by different clients and thought compacting all of the information into one book would have been the easiest way to reach a wide audience quickly.
"I found I was repeating the same information most days and I have wonderful clients with different medical conditions who all deal with pain and so I decided I had to write a book."
However the mother of two said the process of writing the book had been a difficult journey.
"The information has been in my head for quiet a few years, I started writing the book but then we had the unfortunate situation where my husband got very ill," Suzanne said.
"So things were put on hold for a while there while I spent time with him and helped nurse him through his health condition. Unfortunately though we lost him last year.
"It was a really sad time but it also inspired me to get my focus and act together and to get this book written so I could help other people. I know there are a lot of people out there dealing with a lot of not only physical pain but emotional pain as well."
Suzanne says she hopes when her book is released she can help people step up and take charge of their health to become "victors rather than victims".
WHAT IS: Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a condition of the central nervous system, interfering with nerve impulses within the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves.
It is characterised by sclerosis a Greek word meaning scars.
These scars occur within the central nervous system and depending on where they develop, manifest into various symptoms.
MS affects over 23,000 in Australia and more than two million diagnosed worldwide.
Most people are diagnosed between the ages of 20-40, but it can affect anyone.
Roughly three times as many women have MS as men.