Lilly, 31 – Multiple Sclerosis
I am a thirty-one-year-old mother of four young children with Multiple Sclerosis and Celiac. I have chosen to keep my illness a secret and in fact, shared my diagnosis with Bikur Cholim before sharing it with my extended family. I was desperate to keep up my job as an IT expert in a local office but was too exhausted to clean my home in the evenings after being out all day. Bikur Cholim recognised how important my job was to me and helped me maintain it by providing practical support in the home every evening for one hour. They also made a referral to Social Services who are now providing a care plan and therefore the service has continued through a statutory funding source. My children have benefitted from Chasdei Hindy, Young Volunteer Service, and the volunteers help them with homework, take them to the park and celebrate their birthdays. As exhausted and ill as I feel, I know that my children are not suffering due to the amazing support we are receiving from Bikur Cholim.