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BBC Journalist Caroline Wyatt ‘Determined To Make Most Of Life’ After MS Diagnosis

June 21, 2016

BBC journalist Caroline Wyatt has said she is determined to make the most of her life after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS).

In her first interview since revealing the news last week, Wyatt told the Radio Times: “It is what it is.”

“I am not angry, and I don’t want bitterness to start eating away at me.”

One of the best known faces of BBC News, Wyatt recently stepped down as the corporation’s religious affairs correspondent due to her condition.

‘Incredibly blessed’

“I feel really sad now because I’m not going to be a correspondent full-time anymore – I physically can’t.”

Wyatt had been struggling with undiagnosed symptoms for 25 years but was only diagnosed with MS last July after she was paralysed down her left side.

Wyatt, who was also the BBC’s defence correspondent, said she has had moments where she has questioned her own mortality.

“Reporting news is often about reporting death, particularly in the places I have been. But it’s less terrifying to me to think of being blown up and dying than to think ‘gosh, I might decline slowly day by day, losing a little bit of capability every day’.”

At the moment, she is a bit unsteady on her feet and is struggling with her vision but still says she is “incredibly lucky and incredibly blessed”.

She is currently on a long summer break but is hoping to return to radio broadcasting later in the year, along with covering the canonisation of Mother Teresa in Rome.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Kenny permalink
    June 21, 2016 10:25 am

    May be a good time to start canvassing her employers to reverse the trend of demonising people with disabilities and life threatening illnesses?

  2. Maggie Wallace permalink
    June 21, 2016 8:08 pm

    According to The Times and The Telegraph she had been treated for ME/CFS before she got the MS diagnosis. Yet another misdiagnosis. A friend of mine was diagnosed with ME, refused DLA, eventually re-diagnosed with MS after going for a private scan. Immediately received DLA even though her problems were still exactly the same as when she’d applied before with the ME diagnosis.

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