Anita is thankful for the NDIS support.
Anita is thankful for the NDIS support. Georja Ryan

NDIS freedom is 'priceless'

THERE is very little Anita Gamba, 56, (pictured), has not tried her hand at - accounting, painting, writing, quantum physics, teaching meditation ... and that's just her resume. 

It was this ingrained love of learning and steely determination that made her move to the US, one-year-old son and partner in tow, after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1989.

At the time, identification of the disease was new and there was little support available in Australia, so Anita gave up her career to pursue forward-thinking groups in the US to manage her MS.  

Within five years she found many symptoms, including loss of vision, difficulty speaking and impaired cognitive abilities, had dramatically improved and she was once again able to do daily tasks like washing her hair.  

Anita found career success with some powerful American companies, and life in the US proved fruitful for her until the financial crisis hit in 2008. In 2012 she returned to Australia.  

"I had no contacts here any more except for my mum and my sister," Anita said.  

"I spent most of the first year in a foetal position on mum's spare bed crying, but then I found the MS society.  

"And you know what's given me the best freedom? The NDIS. The NDIS gives control, independence and the dignity of having your own finances again.  

"Being able to choose my own carers, choose the functions, organisations and activities I want to be involved in is just priceless."  

Anita's story is evidence the NDIS is more than just a disability support network, but in some cases the key to getting your life back.   

More NDIS stories and helpful information HERE

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